BioA: Kippenhan, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore (Golden - 1965)


Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Kippenhan, Sieger, Meinhardt, Davis, Wickesburg, Awe, Burmeister, Voightlander, Peterson, Grether, Grourd, Sorenson, Priebbernow, Browning, Toburen, Laube, Schwarze, Kandler, Ott, Herwig, Smith, Syring, Scheel, Franz, Loos, Saewert, Wiltsey


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) July 1, 1965


Kippenhan, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore (Golden - 23 June 1965)


Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kippenhan celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently in Immanuel United Church.  Festivities began with a dinner for 175 relatives and friends, served at 12:30 p.m. in the church dining room.  Members of the Immanuel Women’s Guild served.


An "open house" was held at the church Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m.


A large-wedding cake, with the numeral "50" on it, served as centerpiece and vases of spring flowers decorated the tables.


Mrs. Kippenhan wore a yellow rose corsage and her husband and attendants wore white carnation boutonnieres.


Present were the honored couple’s six children and their families, which include their 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kippenhan of the Town of Mead; Mr. and Mrs. Emery (Norma) Sieger of Kenosha; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kippenhan and family of Wausau; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer (Esther) Meinhardt, Lois and Douglas of the Town of Warner; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kippenhan on the home place; and Mr. and Mrs. Price (Rose) Davis and family of Milwaukee. Two grandsons were not able to be present: Allen Meinhardt, who is attending school in Germany and Edwin Kippenhan, in the navy in Scotia, N. Y.


Other guests included Mr. Kippenhan’s brothers and sisters, Miss Cilla Kippenhan of Neillsville, the Misses Hilda Kippenhan and Louise Kippenhan and Mrs. Lena Kippenhan, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kippenhan, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert (Emma) Wickesburg and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kippenhan, all of Appleton.  Mrs. Kippenhan’s brother and sisters attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Awe and son, Henry, of Owen; Mrs. Emma Burmeister of Withee and Mrs. Elizabeth Voightlander of Abbotsford.


Other relatives and friends present were: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peterson of Appleton, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Kippenhan of Eau Claire; Mrs. Jack Grether and Mrs. George Grether of Neillsville; Mrs. Albert Sieger and Mr. and Mrs. Vilas Grourd of Eau Claire; Mrs. Gunda Sorenson of Withee; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Priebbernow of Owen; Charles Browning and Sally Sieger of Kenosha; Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Awe and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Burmeister and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Awe of Owen; Mrs. Anna Toburen of Excelsior, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Laube and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Schwarze of Owen; the Rev. and Mrs. Harvey Kandler and family of Eagle River; Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Ott of Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kandler of Chili; Mr. and Mrs. William Herwig of Kiel; Alvin Awe of New Holstein; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Laube of Owen; Mr. and Mrs. John Awe and Mrs. Phyllis Smith of Withee; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Syring and family of Edgar; Robert Scheel of Neillsville; and Raymond Scheel of Orlando, Fla.


The honored couple received many gifts and congratulatory messages.


Theodore Kippenhan was born in the Town of Mead on January 4, 1888, to John and Minna (Franz) Kippenhan.  He received his education in the Town of Mead School.  Before his marriage he worked in logging camps in the winter and on farms in the southern part of Wisconsin in the summer months.  His hobbies are fishing and hunting.


The Kippenhans are members of the Immanuel United Church of Christ. He was a deacon of this church for six years, and his wife was secretary for the parish Ladies Aid Society (now the Women’s Guild).


Mr. Kippenhan was chairman, treasurer, and assessor in the Town of Mead for a number of years.


Mrs. Kippenhan, the former Martha Awe, was born July 5, 1893, to Henry and Fredericka (Loos) Awe in the Town of Green Grove.  She attended school there and remained at home until her marriage.  Her hobbies are gardening, especially flowers, sewing and fancy work.


After their marriage they settled on a farm seven miles northwest of Greenwood, now operated by their son, Paul, and his wife.  They lived there for 41 years, until they retired from farming in 1956. Then they lived for five years with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Meinhardt, and then moved into the city of Greenwood in 1961, and have resided here since.


They were married on June 23, 1915, at the bride’s parental home in the Town of Green Grove by the Rev. Otto Saewert, pastor of Immanuel Reformed Church of Greenwood, now the United Church of Christ.  Original attendants present were Arthur Awe and Calvin Franz.  Other attendants were the late Ruth Wiltsey and Helen Kippenhan.




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