BioA: Irish, Mr./Mrs. James (Gold - 1941)

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Surnames: Irish, Bilben

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 09/18/1941

Irish, Mr./Mrs. James (Gold - 12 SEP 1941)

Rev. and Mrs. James Irish celebrated their golden wedding on Friday, Sept. 12, 1941, in the Annex of the Methodist Church building.

They were married at Barton, Manchester, England, Sept. 12th, 1891, by Rev. James Lewis, Supt. Of the Eccles Circuit. They have one son, Charles of Detroit, Mich., and one daughter, Mrs. Mae Bilben of St. Paul, Minn.

For the past 54 years, Rev. Irish has been in the ministry. He is serving his tenth year as pastor o the Methodist Church here and at Withee, and his thirty-fourth years in the West Wisconsin Conference. Previous to coming to America he was a member of the ministry in England for nineteen years. He came to Canada on the Empress of Iceland ship, landing on May 3, 1907 and his family and children followed on Aug. 23rd of the same year. In December 1907 they came to Wisconsin. They have served the following charges through the years: Hazel Green, Poynette, Bloomington, Merrillan, Grantsburg, Chetek, Trempealeau, Lindsey, Gays Mills, and Thorp.

Present at the celebration from out of town were their son, Charles and his wife from Pontiac, Mich., and their daughter, Mae Bilben from St. Paul, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Bilben and Mrs. E.E. Smart of White Bear Lake, Minn.; Rev. John Sainty, Cameron, Wis., Rev. and Mrs. Harry Evans from Spring Valley, Minn.; Rev. E. Clarke, Supt. And his wife, from Eau Claire, Wis.; Rev. and Mrs. Dan Willett of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Rev. and Mrs. Gaylord of Stanley; Mrs. Anna Kiddoo, Mrs. Ruth Ketelle and daughter, Mrs. Susan Engle, Mrs. James Tilten, Miss Anna Ketelle, Mrs. Altenberg and daughter, and Miss Etta Altenburg, all representing Lindsey; Mr. Carl Whittaker, Postmaster of Chetek, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Cords of Glendale, Ariz. Greetings were received from many friends and relatives representing nearly every charge that they have served. Greetings came from his brothers Bert and Charles and their families from Victoria, B.C., Canada, and from a dear old chum of his, Arthur Lowe, Council Bluffs, Ia.

Many valuable gifts were also received from their church and relatives and friends. A lunch was provided for all out of town friends and visitors, and an open house from 2 o’clock on. A short program was arranged at which many speeches were delivered by the visiting ministers, and a solo by Mrs. Clarke, and a duet by Rev. and Mrs. Evans.

It was a beautiful day, much like the day on which they were married. So they say, "A day never to be forgotten."



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