BioA: Ganther, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (40th - 1980)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Ganther, Pietenpol, Buriegh, Downer, Noble

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 9/18/1980

Ganther, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (40th Ė 14 September 1980)

Clarence was born on November 23, 1906, in Necedah to William and Ada Ganther. He received his education in that area. Letha was born on March 15, 1917, in Granton, to Floyd and Laura Pietenpol. She received her education in Granton and Eau Claire.

After the coupleís marriage, they lived in New Lisbon where he ope3rated a service station and she worked as a beautician. After three years, they moved to Granton, taking over her parentís farm operation. The couple retired in 1974 to third generation owners after 37 years on the farm.

The couple had three children, Lee of Marshfield, William of Granton and Mrs. John (Marge) Buriegh of Isanti, MN. They have two grandchildren.

Attending the recent anniversary reception was Elaine Downer, a member of the original bridal party. Also present were guests from Litchfield, MN, and the Wisconsin communities of New Lisbon, Milwaukee, Necedah, Wausau, Marshfield, Prescott, Madison and Eau Claire.

It was September14, 1940, when Clarence Ganther and Letha Pietenpol were united in Marriage in services at the Neillsville Congregational Church. Since that time the couple have lived in New Lisbon and spent a majority of their years together in the rural Granton area.

On September 13 of this year, the couple were honored on their 40th wedding anniversary, an event held at the Granton Sportsmenís Club. The buffet style dinner for 65 guests featured tables decorated in red and white. The Rev. William Noble of the United Methodist Church gave opening and closing prayers. A dance was held that evening with music being offered by Beauty and the Beast, which features the coupleís son, Lee.

The celebration was also marked with special flowers, yellow rosebuds with red and white mums. A wedding cake was given by Elaine Downer, a sister-in-law of the couple.



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