BioA: Grap, Mr. and Mrs. Gus E. (65th - 1955)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Grap, Chopp
----Source: Clark County Press
(Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) December 8, 1955
Grap, Mr. and Mrs. Gus E.
(65th Anniversary - 23 November 1955)
65th Anniversary Party in
Milwaukee for the Gus Graps - Couple spent their active life in
To Peter G. Chopp of Milwaukee, a
son-in-law, The Clark County Press is indebted for an account of
the recent celebration of the 65th wedding anniversary
of Mr. and Mrs. Gus E. Grap. The Graps spent their active
life in the Globe area, where Mrs. Grap was 22 years a
correspondent of this newspaper. Mr. Chopp’s account of
the anniversary event follows:
On November 20, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Grap,
celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary which was
attended by a little over 100 adults and a number of
children. The youngsters were having such a wonderful time
running through the crowd of well wishers that it was impossible to
The grown-ups present at this celebration
consisted of the sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Grap and their
families, as well as other close members of the family, together
with their friends and neighbors of Milwaukee.
Because of their advanced age it was
decided to keep the anniversary party to a limited number.
Therefore, Mr. and Mrs. Grap beg their forgiveness for not being
able to invite a fairly large number of relatives and their many
friends, who reside in Neillsville. The Graps were residents
of Neillsville for 52 years. They moved to Milwaukee in 1943
and have lived with their daughter a Vyola, who is now Mrs. Peter
A brief history of Mr. and Mrs. Grap was
read at the party by their daughter-in-law, Alice Grap. The
history was as follows:
"The couple before you is Mr. and Mrs. G.
E. Grap and of course, I don’t have to tell you people why
you decided to come here.
"The groom was born in Germany 88 years
ago. He got most of his education there, coming to this
country at the ripe age of 15. He attended public school for
only a couple of months, just long enough to get acquainted with
the young and frisky girls. It was winter time, and his
greatest pleasure was to chase the girls to the snow banks and make
them fall. But he fell, too, and his better half beside him
is the proof.
"She by the way was born in Jefferson
County in 1872. She attended the public school but got her
instructions at the parochial school. The instructions must
have been very good, and she must have been a good pupil, because
even to this day she is a very religious and devout person.
The same is true of her devoted spouse. The weather must be
very bad in order to make them stay home from church.
"To get back to Mrs. Grap, she grew up to
womanhood on her parents’ farm, and at the age of 18 years
and two months she married young G. E. (good old Gus). They
were married November 23, 1890, in the little log church, the
Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Globe, Wisconsin.
"And today, their 65th wedding
anniversary, on this momentous occasion she says she loves him as
much as the day they were married.
"To this wonderful couple was born 11
children, nine of whom are living, and are present to help their
Mom and Dad celebrate this great event - 65 years of marriage
"One sad note is that their oldest son,
Leo, was called to his Heavenly Father in 1931. A daughter,
Velma, died at birth.
"These kind folks are also blessed with
21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren
"In closing, Gus and Annie, wish to extend to their dear relatives, neighbors and friends their most heartfelt and sincere thanks to all.
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