Bio: Horn, Luann – “Good Citizenship” Scholarship (Jun 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Horn, Fravert, Humke

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

This year’s winner of the Melvin “Good Citizenship” Scholarship award for Greenwood High School is Miss Luann, Horn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Horn, Greenwood.

Along with all of the qualities representative of a Good Citizen, Luann is also a scholar ranking first in her class. She will be attending UW-River Falls next year with a major in Soil Science.

The award in the amount of $300 is sponsored by the Melvin Companies, with their headquarters in Abbotsford.

The recipient and alternate are recognized at the awards day exercises. The actual scholarship award is presented to the winner upon entrance into school the following years.

The alternate is Miss Marilyn Fravert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Humke, Greenwood.


Bio: Baltus, Joann Marie –UW-Madison Honors (Jun 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Baltus

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Joann Marie Baltus, Route 1, Willard, is an area student among students of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who has won honor recognizing her for outstanding work in the nutritional sciences course.


BioA: Schmidt, Mr./Mrs. Ed (45th – Surprise Anniversary Party - 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Schmidt, Gaden, Horn, Becker

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Schmidt, Mr./Mrs. Ed (45th – Surprise Anniversary Party - 1979)

A surprise 45th wedding anniversary dinner party was given for Mr. and Mrs. Ed Schmidt, Loyal, at the home of their son and daughter-in=law, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Schmidt, Spencer. Thos attending the dinner were Mrs. Schmidt’s mother, Mrs. Mary Gaden, Neillsville, and the original wedding party, Ernie Gaden, Neillsville, John Gaden, Wisconsin Rapids, and Mrs. Ray (Margaret) Horn, Loyal. Others present were Mrs. John Gaden, Mr. Ray Horn and Matthew and Mark Schmidt. Unable to attend was one attendant, Mr. Schmidt’s niece, Mrs. Clarence Becker and husband, Neillsville.


Bio: Plautz, Laurie – Wins honors at Leadership Conference (Jun 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Plautz

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Laurie Plautz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Plautz, Route 2, Greenwood won third place honors recently at the 1979 National Office Education Association Leadership Conference held at Cincinnati, Ohio.

A second year student in the Legal Secretary program at Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, La Crosse, Laurie entered the contest in the Secretary II competition.

Approximately 1,500 business occupation students in post-secondary and vocational technical and collegiate programs, and alumni attended the five-day conference.

Wisconsin received the Chapter of the Year Award for the seventh consecutive year, and two individuals from the state’s delegation were elected to national offices for the 1979-80 term.


BioM: Gaetz, Cindy Kay (1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Gaetz, Bowe, Osowski, Watchendonk, Martens, Delo, Neustadt, Smith, Wolfe, Schoelzel

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Gaetz, Cindy Kay (2 Jun 1979)

Miss Cindy Kay Gaetz, Route 1, Spencer, and Larry Allen Bowe, Route 1, Loyal, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 2, 1979 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal. Father Chester Osowski officiated and music was provided by Mr. Ed Watchendonk, soloist, and Mrs. Marsha Martens, organist.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, was seen in a white A-line gown with floor length veil. She carried a bouquet of yellow roses, daisies, stephanotis, and baby’s breath.

Miss Sharon Gaetz, Route 1, Spencer, was the maid of honor, and Mrs. Rodney Delo, Route 1, Loyal, Mrs. Gary Neustadt, Route 1, Loyal, and Mrs. John Bowe, Route 1, Loyal, were bridesmaids.

They were attired in A-line gowns with ruffled capes in colors of blue, yellow, green and pink. They carried bouquets of carnations, daisies and baby’s breath.

Serving as best man was Dean Smith, Loyal, and groomsmen were Ron Wolfe, Loyal, Steve Gaetz, Unity, and John Bowe, Route 1, Loyal. Ushering was performed by Dave Schoelzel, Route 1, Colby and Ned Bowe, Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Following the ceremony a reception, supper and dance were held at the Sword in Colby.

The bride is a 1975 graduate of Colby High School and is a nursing assistant at Continental Manor in Abbotsford. The groom graduated from Loyal High School in 1969 and is self-employed.

The couple will reside in Loyal.


BioA: Cain, Ulysses & Elsie (50th – 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Cain

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Cain, Ulysses & Elsie (50th – Jun 1979)

An open house will be held in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Ulysses & Elsie Cain on Sunday, June 17, 1079 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Methodist Study Hall. No invitations are being sent. All relatives, friends and neighbors are welcome.




BioA: Cain, Ulysses & Elsie (Gold – 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Cain, Grashorn, Hinkelmann, Schmidt, Langfeldt, Bloom

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 27 Jun 1979

Cain, Ulysses & Elsie (Gold – 12 Jun 1979)

Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Cain celebrated their golden wedding anniversary June 17, 1979 at the Loyal Methodist Education Unit. A dinner for the immediate family was held at noon before the reception. Music was provided by Dale Grashorn, Dubuque, Iowa, and Brinda Hinkelman, Eau Claire, accompanist. The beautiful cake was made, designed and given the couple by Mrs. Cain’s sister, Mrs. Leona Schmidt from Winter, Wisconsin.

Ulysses, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cain, was born August 4, 1910 in Watson, Canada.

The former Elsie Langfeldt was born April 16, 1910 in Lyon County, Iowa to Henry and Marie Langfeldt.

They were married in Neillsville Jun 12, 1929. After being wed, they moved to March Rapids and farmed there until 1933. At that time they moved to the township of Beaver, where in later years they owned their own farm. They moved to Loyal and worked for the city of Loyal for 16 years.

Now semi-retired, they enjoy good health. This leaves them time to enjoy fishing, hunting and traveling for Ulysses, and sewing, fancy work and traveling for Elsie.

The couple has two children, Wayne Cain, Leavenworth, Washington, and Zada (Lester) Bloom in rural Loyal. They also have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


BioA: Johnson, Leonard & Lois (1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Johnson

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Johnson, Mr./Mrs. Leonard & Lois (Jun 1979)

The friends and relatives of Leonard and Lois Johnson of Greenwood are invited to an open house in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 16, 1979, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Greenwood from 2 to 5 p.m. No invitations are being sent.




BioA: Johnson, Leonard & Lois (Gold – 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Johnson, Prust, Turnquist, Kochel, Jolivette, Myhrwold, Verhulst, Pakiz, Wallin, Haupt, Walker, Krahn, Dyre, McFarlane

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 27 Jun 1979

Johnson, Leonard & Lois (Gold – Jun 1979)

Approximately 180 people, including four pastors (two of whom were nephew and grand-nephew of Leonard) attended the golden wedding anniversary of Lois and Leonard Johnson at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greenwood on Saturday, June 16, 1979.. The event was sponsored by their five children, who are Vera (Mrs. Harold Prust of Plymouth, Dale of Eau Claire, Same of Crandon, Harry of Greenwood, and Ray of Cadott.

Corsages and two big bouquets were given by the 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The tables were decorated with flowers from Mrs. Evelyn Turnquist. White and gold streamers and bells decorated the basement where the supper was served.

S short program was given in the church, preceding supper. The program, of which their son, Harry was M.C., consisted of: Hymn – Blest Be the Tie, sung by the audience; Introduction of the Family by Harry; Invocation and Welcome by Pastor Kochel; Remarks by Rev. Jolivette (a nephew of Leonard); Duet by Harry and Eleanor Johnson; Reading by Dale Johnson; Remarks by Rev. Myhrwold (a former pastor); a hymn – On Our Way Rejoicing, by the audience; and a prayer and benediction by Rev. Verhulst (a great-nephew of Leonard).

Arlene Dyre McFarlane, a cousin, accompanied the singing.

The supper was prepared and served by Work Group No. 3, of which Lois is a member and Eleanor is co-chairman.

The evening was spent at the home of their son, Harry, who has his house built on the sport where Leonard was born. The entertainment there was music by Frank Pakiz on the accordion, and Knute Wallin on the banjo. It included a Norwegian song by Wallin and an impromptu mock wedding.

Leonard was born in the town of Warner and worked on his father’s farm. Later he worked for Greenwood Telephone Company, of which his uncle was manager. His hobbies are hunting deer and watching sports on TV. (Since his leg was amputated he has a permit to hunt from his car.)

Lois was a teacher in rural schools in the Greenwood area. Her hobbies are piecing quilts for Mission Work and crocheting rugs.

The couple was married on June 11, 1929 at her parent’s home I the Town of Butler.

Mrs. Harold Haupt (Grace Johnson), a niece of Leonard, who is the only living attendant, was present for the occasion.

Guests came from Michigan, Texas, Iowa, South Dakota, Ohio and several places in Wisconsin. Among them were Lois’ sisters: and Mr. and Mrs. Krahn of Oshkosh, who were married on the same date, several years later. Mr. Krahn was a former ag teacher and one time principal in Greenwood Schools. Mrs. Johnson’s nice, Mrs. Walker of Augusta, also married on the same date in 1948. She was present, but her husband was unable to attend.


BioM: Gregory, Sue Ann (1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Gregory, Andes, Vajda, Abrahamson, Held, Sommers

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 13 Jun 1979

Gregory, Sue Ann (26 May 1979)

Sue Ann Gregory and Todd Jay Andes were married during a noon ceremony May 26, 1979 at St. Lucy’s Church, Racine. The Rev. Frances Vajda officiated.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gregory, Granton and Mr. and Mrs. John Andes, 4054 Sheridan Road, Racine.

The bride’s attendants were the maid of honor, Ann Abrahamson, Loyal, bridesmaid Sheryl Gregory, Granton, and flower girl Andrea Andes, Hartland.

The bridegroom’s attendants were the Best man Thomas William Held and groomsman, John Sommers.

The reception was held at the Golden Lantern in Racine.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Andes are residing at 4048 Sheridan Road, Racine. The bride is employed as a court reporter by Gales Reporting and the bridegroom be Gerber Electric, Racines.


Obit: Dubrava, Dale (1943? – 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: DuBrava, Ploegert, Orsburn

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 20 Jun 1979

Dubrava, Dale (1943? – 30 May 1979)

Funeral services were conducted on June 2, 1979 in Milwaukee for Dale Helms DuBrava, 34, who died May 30, 1979 at St. Mary’s Burn Center, Milwaukee.

Dale DuBrava was born at Phillips and located in the Loyal/Greenwood area when a boy. He graduated from Loyal High School and went to Milwaukee in 1966 to work for Unity Drop Forge.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. (Ploegert); his mother, Mrs. Edith DuBrava, Birmingham, Iowa; two brothers, Lary fo West Bend and Jack of Hamburg, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Orsburn of Owen.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack DuBrava of Loyal in 1966).


Obit: Rueth, Herbert L. (1929 – 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Rueth, Suda, O’Brien, Keith, Gleichsner, Koplin, DeBord, Nolder, Guerricabeitia, Kolbeck

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 07 Jun 2023

Rueth, Herbert L. (21 Aug 1929 – 26 May 2023)

Herbert “Chub” Leo Rueth, 93, of Parma, Idaho, passed away at his home surrounded by his loved ones on May 26, 2023. Herb was born in Loyal, on Aug. 21, 1929, to Leo Rueth and Agnes Suda. While Herb was always well-known for his good judgment, perhaps his wisest decision came fairly early in his life when he married Kathleen “Kap” O’Brien on Oct. 3, 1951. His family soon grew with the addition of 10 children, seven boys and three girls, and a dairy farm in Loyal. During a hunting trip to Idaho in 1967, Herb saw the potential the state held for his family, and when he returned home to Loyal, he promptly sold everything, packed up his family, and moved to Idaho, where they began milking cows at their new dairy within nine days – all typical of the speed at which Herb completed all tasks he set his mind to.

While greatly blessed throughout his life, Herb’s fortitude was often challenged. One such challenge came in 1972, when Idaho Fish and Game dammed up the Sand Hollow Drain, leading to the eventual flooding and destruction of Herb and Kap’s dairy. While enduring a 10-year court battle against Fish and Game, Herb was determined to rebuild his dairy and purchased new land in 1976 – this time on a hill – and by 1978 Herb and his sons were milking cows in a barn they had built themselves, in part with materials they salvaged from the remains of their first Idaho dairy. After the lengthy court battle, including appeals in front of the Idaho Supreme Court, Herb and Kap were eventually awarded a sum of money they reinvested into their new dairy on the hill, a sprawling 160 acres, that they were immensely proud of. Herb was quite intentional on his choice of the new property and was known for saying, “Nobody but the Almighty is going to flood me out again.” This story was routinely reported on by the local newspapers, with one article concluding that Herb’s story was one about “guts, determination, hard work and a stubborn attitude to beat the odds.” That is, indeed, Herb’s story.

One of Herb’s life goals was to turn his dairy operation over to his sons, and he did just that. In 1990, Herb officially retired, but true to his nature, his idea of “retirement” included a new entrepreneurial venture of logging and building his own sawmill to work the trees into usable poles and lumber. He also continued to serve as the machinist for the dairy, keeping all of the equipment running smoothly and on time. But Herb was also sure to make time for lots of fishing and hunting with family and friends throughout the years. He also was a meticulous gardener, but of course his idea of a garden included partitioning a side of a field with hundreds of plants and rows upon rows of his famous sweetcorn. Given how weedless his garden was, one might think that the weeds were just too intimidated to grow there, but like everything else he did, it was the result of his and Kap’s daily attention. Of everything he accomplished, though, he was the most proud of his family and his faith.

Herb is survived by his wife, Kap, of 72 years and his 10 children, Charles (Brenda) Rueth, Gerald Rueth, Shelia (Randy) Keith, Sharon Rueth, Randall Rueth, Douglas Rueth, Fredrick Rueth, Raymond (Vickie) Rueth, Norman (Jody) Rueth and Shelby Hilliard (Clint Koplin). He was also blessed by others who were like his children, including Dennis (Debie) DeBord, Santiago (Kristen) Guerricabeitia and Kyle (Laura) Nolder. His 10 children brought him 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren – and counting.

Herb was preceded by his parents, Leo and Agnes, and his siblings, Bernard “Bun” (Marjorie) Rueth, Edward “Eddie” (Florence) Rueth, Patrick (Carol) Rueth, Mary Ann (Frank) Gleichsner, Jayne (Lavern) Kolbeck and his twin brothers, Joseph and John Rueth, who passed at birth. He was also preceded by his in-laws, James and Lila O’Brien; two of his brothers-in-law, Richard and Jim O’Brien; his daughter-in-law, Anita Rueth; and two of his grandsons, Craig Rueth and Dustin Chant.

A rosary was held in Herb’s honor on Wednesday, May 31, at St. Bridget of Kildare Catholic Church in Nyssa, Ore. The service was officiated by Father Jose at St. Bridget’s on Thursday, June 1, at 1 p.m., followed by a burial at the Parma cemetery and a dinner reception at the Parma Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Signature Healthcare at Home of Payette and/or St. Bridget of Kildare in Nyssa, Ore.

Herb leaves behind a legacy with the land he tended, the animals he raised and his loved ones who admired him dearly – all guided by his faith in the Lord. “Just a Man” by Doug Rueth About the time my life was to start I could feel I was blessed with my mother’s heart. And also about that time a feeling so true, I think her heart had some help from a man she knew. But with my whole life ahead of me, I couldn’t understand what could be so special about just one man? But it didn’t take long for me to see clear that my father had the love of my mother, and to the ends of the earth she could go with no fear. As us kids grew to lend a helping hand, we learned about love, loyalty, and respect, watching this woman and this man. As life forced us up a creek a time or two, we would all climb on my father’s back as he would pull us through. Weathering these storms that were always coming our way, I never noticed the load on his shoulder as we worked through the day, but at night he would always come to mind as I got on my knees to pray. With the pictures of growing up that came back to mind, they clearly show our father leading the way, while our mother keeping us all in line.

As these two hearts devote to us their love that only a large family would find. To me it looks more like love from one heart that two souls shared till the end of time. Now out here on my own, where these storms are all mine, I notice how much I miss my father being around all the time.

But there for a while I had the kind of love that him and my mother did find. It feels like it left only yesterday, as it stays so clear in my mind. Just like with her, the good times with my father are so easy to find. The hunting trips are way too few, for they are my favorite kind. My dad used to say, give me a big enough pry and a place to stand, and I can move the world with just one hand. Now as I see all the worlds my father has moved, I come to understand how my mother’s heart is being held, by lots more than just a man.


Obit: Wachsmuth, Barbara (1941 – 2023)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Wachsmuth, Fritsch, Rahn, Ruppert, Clift, Scidmore, Hayden, Wirtala

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 07 Jun 2023

Wachsmuth, Barbara (8 Oct 1941 – 4 Jun 2023)

Barbara Wachsmuth, age 81, of Owen, went home to Jesus on Sunday, June 4, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Barbara was born in the Town of Hoard on October 8, 1941, to Clayton and Theresa (Fritsch) Rahn. She married the love of her life, Gerald Wachsmuth, on December 2, 1960. Together, they had three children: Dawn Ruppert, Mark (Bonnie) Wachsmuth and Robin (Robert) Clift.

The things most important to Barbara were faith, family and friends. She loved life and had a smile and laugh to brighten any room. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Barbara was predeceased by Clayton Rahn (father), Theresa Scidmore (mother), Robert Scidmore (step-father) and Doug Rahn (brother).

She is survived by her husband, her three children, grandson, Jason Wachsmuth, sister, Sandy Wirtala (Nick), brother, Joseph Scidmore (Jody), and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 9, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen with Father Michael Hayden presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.






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