BioA: Short, Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Golden - 1957)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Short, Matousek, Vaughn, Schmear, Payne, Hereid, Tibbett, Holub, Mortenson, Rohrabaugh 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) January 31, 1957 

Short, Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Golden - 30 January 1957) 

Frank Shorts observe their Golden Wedding - Triple celebration in Washburn -  

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Short celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home Saturday evening, January 26.  Their daughter, Mrs. Louie Matousek, and her husband, and their sons, Roger and Kenneth, and their wives, planned a small party in their honor. 

A 6:30 dinner was prepared and served by the children. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Louie Matousek; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Short, daughter Dawn, and son Jeffrey, and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Schmear and daughter, Gena, all of West Allis; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Short and sons, Kenny and Keith, and Mrs. Verna Payne, Neillsville; and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hereid, Alma Center. 

Other evening guests were: Mr. and Mrs. James Tibbett and son, Rockford, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. George Holub, Alma Center; Beverly Matousek and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Short.   

The couple was presented with a corsage of yellow rosebuds with gold for the bride, and a white carnation with gold for the groom and a bouquet of yellow roses from their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Matousek.  They were presented with a wedding cake by their daughter, and another cake by their son, Kenneth, and his family and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mortenson.  The latter cake was baked and decorated by Mrs. Mortenson. They also were presented with gifts of money from their children and other guests.  A lunch was served after an evening of visiting and taking photos.  

Frank Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Short, and Dessa Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Payne, both of Shortville vicinity, were united in marriage at the home of his parents, the same farm where the couple now resides, on January 30, 1907.  Rev. D. H. Rohrabaugh of the Neillsville and Shortville Presbyterian churches officiated.  They were attended by her sister, Belle (now Mrs. Peter Hereid of Alma Center), and Ed Short, cousin of the groom, of Neillsville.  They lived for a while with his parents then moved to Rochester, Minn., where he was employed.  They spent about nine years in Rochester, Baraboo and Merrimac then returned to this vicinity, purchasing the family farm. 

The couple is the parents of two daughters and two sons: Mrs. Raynor (Marie) Vaughn, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Louie (Helen) Matousek, West Allis; Kenneth, Neillsville; and Roger, West Allis.  They also have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They all were in attendance with the exception of Mrs. Vaughn, who was unable to attend at this time as the couple is planning a celebration later in the year when more of their relatives can attend as the weather at this time of year is too uncertain to plan a big affair.  

Mr. Short was born to James and Martha Short, December 11, 1884, on the farm where they now reside and was educated in the Shortville School.   

Mrs. Short was born September 6, 1885, to Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Payne near Sylvan, Richland County, and moved to Shortville and Cannonville vicinities with her parents when a small child.  She was educated at Shortville, Cannonville and Gays Mills schools.   

The occasion was a double celebration, as January 30, 1957, is also the 23rd wedding anniversary of the couple’s son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Matousek, who were married on her parents’ 27th wedding anniversary.  The Matousek’s have a son, Duane, who was 19 years old on January 30, 1957.  He is serving in the army in Korea, and also was unable to attend. 



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