BioA: Purkis, Mr./Mrs. Edward (50th Anniv. - 1936)



----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 07/09/1936

Purkis, Mr./Mrs. Edward (50th Anniv. - 3 July 1936)

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Purkis quietly observed their fiftieth or golden wedding anniversary at their home in Unity Friday with their children. A celebration had been planned but was called off because of the serious illness of Mrs. Purkis. Fifty years ago, Mr. Purkis and Laura Gregerson stood before Justice C. K. Richardson at Spencer, and took their nuptial vows, with Ben Griffen and Mrs. Richardson as witnesses. They returned to the village of Unity and shortly to the Purkis farm in the town of Unity, and a few years ago retired and took up their residence in Unity. When they moved out into the town of Unity, it was not the town that we know, of beautiful farms, fine homes, great barns, good herds, telephones, and electricity, but mostly a great virgin forest with small clearings, log houses, small barns, the pioneer work had to be done. Only those who have gone through those hectic years can rightly tell you of the hardships these pioneers had to go through with, when butter was 15 cents a pound, milk 60 cents a hundred and eggs 8 cents a dozen, but time went on and the country came into itself, our people prospered and looking back over that period of fifty years. Mr. Purkis and his wife find that the time has been short and full of pleasure. Today in their pleasant home they look back over those years with a great amount of satisfaction.



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