BioA: Degener, Mr. and Mrs. Albert (57th - 1958)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Degener, Carlton, Walter, Thrun, Lang, Knoop, Hemp, Campman, Prust, Walk, Gibson, Schewe 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) February 6, 1958 

Degener, Mr. and Mrs. Albert (57th - 30 January 1958) 

Fifty-seven years of marriage was celebrated Thursday, January 30, by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Degener, at their residence at 24 Grand Avenue Neillsville.  The evening of January 30, 1901, the Rev. Mr. Thrun, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Neillsville, officiated at the marriage of Albert Degener, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Degener, and Hulda Carlton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Walter. 

The ceremony was performed in the St. John’s Lutheran parsonage at the corner of 4th and Oak Street, which is now occupied by the Rev. and Mrs. Alfred Schewe. Attendants were the bride’s sister, Melvina, now Mrs. Max Lang of St. Paul, Minn., Arnold Knoop, Frank Hemp and Miss Bertha Campman (who a few years later became the wife of Frank Hemp).  

After the ceremony, the newlyweds took the midnight train to Chili, where an apartment had been provided in the rear of a building owned by Henry Prust.  It was in this Prust building at Chili that Carl and Paul Walk of Neillsville had opened a store in May, 1900, and Albert Degener was assigned to manage the store. 

In 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Degener purchased the Tom Gibson Hardware Store which they operated in Chili until 1926, when they moved to Neillsville. 

After 57 years of marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Degener still enjoy good health. 



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