BioA: Reyer, Mr./Mrs. Adam (60th Anniv. - 1941)

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Surnames: Reyer, Boecher, Reich, Distelhorst, Oncken

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 09/18/1941

Reyer, Mr./Mrs. Adam (60th Anniv. - 10 Sept. 1941)

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reyer of Colby quietly observed their 60th wedding anniversary in Colby Wednesday, Sept. 10th, without holding a celebration. They came to this community a few days after their marriage and purchased a homestead near Cherokee from Peter Boecher, a Civil War veteran. The farm, at that time, was all wood land and Mr. Reyer chopped down the first tree. Most of the timber, chopped down to clear the land, was burned as there was no sale for it in those days. They came to town by the use of oxen and "jumpers," for, if a wagon would be used, it was very apt to tip over as the roads were bad. They were on the farm for nearly fifteen years before horses were purchased. At first, they had but one cow, but, gradually, a fine herd and a splendid farm were built.

Mr. Reyer was born in Hessen, Germany, June 5th, 1852, and came to the United States with his parents when three years old, settling in the town of Wilson, Sheboygan county, where he resided until he was twenty-one years of age when he went to Illinois where he worked for four years. He also spent four years in Upper Michigan.

Mrs. Reyer, whose maiden name was Miss Emma Reich, was born on March 7, 1860, in the town of Wilson, Sheboygan county, and was married to Mr. Reyer in the town in which he was born and then lived on the homestead they purchased for thirty-one years. Twenty-one years ago, they moved into the city of Colby, Wis.

They had eleven children, nine of whom are living: Mrs. Fred Distelhorst of Madison, Mrs. Morris Rein of Cherokee, Carl Reyer of Cherokee, Harold Reyer of Wauwatosa, Richard of Seymour, Mrs. Rose Oncken of Colby, Edward of Madison, Hugo of Terre Haute, Ind., and Otis of Chicago.



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