BioA: Schmidtke, Mr. and Mrs. William (40th - 1962)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Schmidtke, Summers, Welch, Stevens, Mallory, Mulvey, Turner, Eggleston, Hackler, Knickel, Gourlie, Jensen, Balcier


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) June 28, 1962


Schmidtke, Mr. and Mrs. William (40th - 21 June 1962)


A surprise reception for Mr. and Mrs. William Schmidtke, honoring them on their fortieth wedding anniversary, was held Sunday in the York Town hall.  Over 125 friends and relatives greeted (a few words missing.)


Mrs. Otto Schmidtke, assisted by Mrs. Fred Summers of Unity, planned the event, which was a complete surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Schmidtke, even if the plans had been in formation for more than two weeks. The wedding cake was baked by Mrs. Otto Schmidtke.


William Schmidtke and Esther Welch were married June 21, 1922, at Granton, in the home of Mrs. Schmidtke’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Stevens, by the late Rev. Wilson Mallory.  Their attendants were R. A. Welch, brother of Mrs. Schmidtke, and Caroline (Schmidtke) Mulvey, a sister of Mr. Schmidtke.


The Schmidtkes have been life-long residents of Granton and have been active in community affairs.


They have no children, but made a home for a nephew, Gene Turner, now of Rockford, Ill, and a niece, Mrs. J. H. (Beverly) Eggleston, now living in Stanton, Calif.


Coming from a distance for the event were Mrs. Arlene Turner, Hap hackler, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Turner and Gail, Rockford,  Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Knickel, Marinette; Mrs. Verna Gourlie, Plant City, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jensen, Wisconsin Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Balcier, Medford; and relatives and friends from Marshfield, Loyal, Neillsville, Spencer, Unity and Granton.



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