News: Granton- Elmer Marg’s (Grandparents - 1980)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Marg, Garbisch, Goebel, Lautenbach, Pischer

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/28/1980

Granton-Elmer Marg’s (Grandparents - 1980)

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marg, rural Granton, were named the winners in a contest held this past month in the Granton are to select “Grandparents of the Year.”

Sunday, September 7, is the second national Grandparents Day in “America and this is also the day of the Granton Fall Festival parade. Me. And Mrs. Marg and their family will ride in a parade wagon owned by Al Cramer of City Point.

Elmer, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Marg, was born in the Town of Fremont. As a young man, Elmer worked with a section crew for the Lynn Railroad. Agnes was the oldest child of the late, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Garbisch and grew up in the Town of Grant. After receiving her education at Kurth School she was employed by the Bell Telephone Company in Chicago.

Elmer and Agnes were married in November 1924 and have lived all their married lives in the Granton community, with the exception of several years, right after their marriage, when they moved to Camas, Washington, where Elmer worked in a paper mill.

In 1932, they started a garage business in Granton, which they operated until 1943 when Elmer was severely injure when a car slipped from a jack and crushed him. After being hospitalized for several weeks and as extensive convalescence, Elmer was unable to continue with the garage work. They then sold the garage in 1945 to Wilbert Goebel and moved to a farm south of Granton, where they still reside.

For a number of years, Elmer worked for Marshfield Homes and later worked several seasons in the cranberry marshes. In 1970, they sold their cows and have since rented their farm land on shares.

The Marg’s six children are Alene Lautenbach, Neillsville; Curtiss, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Retired, Dresden, Tenn.; Amber Pischer, Neillsville; Duane (Jim), Granton; Erland, Shiocton; and Ruth, Deceased. They have 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In November 1979 Elmer and Agnes celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

They enjoy gardening and often during the summer you will see them working among their many plants. Elmer states that he has 263 tomato plants this year.

They are active members of Zion American Lutheran Church; Elmer has served on the church council and currently is the cemetery sexton. Agnes belongs to the church’s Ruth Circle. They both served as custodians and during the summer and fall you will find fresh cut flowers from their garden gracing the church altar.

Agnes is a charter member of the South Grant Sewing Club and has been creative in that group for the past 45 years. They both are lifetime member of the Southern Clark County Conservation Club, of which Elmer is a past president. They also belong to several card clubs.

Senior citizens organizations play a big part in their everyday life, and they currently serve as secretary and treasurer of the Granton Club. They take pride in helping organize tours for the senior citizens; some of the latest outings have been to Madison, Wisconsin Dells, a Mississippi River boat trip at La Crosse, the Ice Follies in Minneapolis and the Circus World Museum, Baraboo.




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