BioA: Markham, Mr. and Mrs. Ira (Golden - 1961)


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Surnames: Markham, Pierce, Travis, Lautenbach


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) October 12, 1961


Markham, Mr. and Mrs. Ira (Golden - 23 November 1961)


Mr. and Mrs. Ira Markham, a couple well known in southern Clark County, will observe their golden wedding anniversary with an open house at the American Legion Memorial Hall in Neillsville from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.  Dancing will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with Pat Lautenbach’s orchestra furnishing the music.


The Markhams, who have lived in Humbird, Chili-Granton and Neillsville areas most of their married life are observing the anniversary early.  They were married November 23, 1911, in Humbird by Ben Travis, then a justice of the peace.


Mr. Markham met Mattie Pierce, the daughter of Austin and Eliza Pierce when he stayed at the Pierce home for a time and attended a school five miles north of the city with his future bride.


Following their wedding they moved to Altoona, where Mr. Markham was employed on a section crew by the Chicago & North Western railroad.


In 1928 they moved onto a farm near Humbird, where they remained until retirement in 1954.  The Markhams moved to Chili at that time, where their son, Earl, purchased a tavern at the Chili Corners.


They have six children: Mrs. Victor (Ina) Anderson of Chili; Mrs. Henry (Mabel) Knoll of Granton; Mrs. Truman (Marie) Sullivan of Milwaukee; Nathan of Granton; LeRoy of Chili; and Earl of Neillsville.



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