BioA: Unger, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph (Golden - 1965)


Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Unger, Smith, Hanchman, Lowe, Mabie


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) June 24, 1965


Unger, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph (Golden - 24 June 1965)


Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Unger of Neillsville will observe their golden wedding anniversary today (Thursday) with their sons and their families in Sheboygan.


The observance will be carried out without "a lot of hoo-rah," which has characterized their life together from the start.  Just before their wedding on June 24, 1915, in Phillips, Mrs. Unger (then Miss Ethel Smith) sent a guest list for the wedding to Mr. Unger at Neillsville.  He wrote his fiancée briefly: "If you’re going to have a lot of hoo-rah, I won’t be there."


He was, of course; but the incident has set the pace for the married lives of the Ungers.  Theirs has been a quiet life, spent entirely in the city of Neillsville.


The observance will be held at the home of their son, Robert, and his family.  Present will be their elder son, James, and his family, who presently reside in Oshkosh.  Robert is Vice principal at Sheboygan South High School, which has an enrollment of 1,400 pupils. They have a son, David, who is five.


James is professor of biology at Wisconsin State University - Oshkosh, where he heads the biology department.  He has a doctor of philosophy degree; is the father of a daughter, Ann, who is nine.


The Ungers have spent all of their married life in Neillsville, where Mr. Unger operated a shoe store until his retirement in 1949.  For many years the store as located in the building south of the First National Bank, of which Mr. Unger is the owner.


Mrs. Unger is the daughter of the late Attorney and Mrs. James Smith of Phillips. She was born in Knapp, and lived briefly in Eau Claire before her father set up a legal practice in Phillips.  She attended school there, and Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill.  She is a 50-year member of the Northwestern University Alumni Association.  It was while she was teaching English in Neillsville High School that she met Mr. Unger.


Mr. Unger is a native of Neillsville, having been born in this city on April 9, 1888, to Anton and Agnes (Hanchman) Unger. For many years he observed his birthday on April 8; but the error was discovered during World War II by Mrs. Unger when she was asked to look up the birth certificate of one of her sons, who needed it for army reasons. She looked up Mr. Unger’s certificate at the same time, and found that the mid-wife had duly filed it in courthouse records. The date given there on was April 9.


For many years Mr. Unger’s father plied his trade as a custom shoemaker, a trade which he learned in Germany before coming to the United States, in the Lowe building now occupied by the Mabie Barber Shop.  In 1905 he purchased the present Unger building.  Mr. Unger joined his father in the shoe business here and maintained the business throughout his business life.


Mr. Unger a few years ago was (the rest of the story is missing).




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