BioA: Bills, Mr./Mrs. Delbert (Golden - 1974)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Bills, Drescher, Guk

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) /1974

Bills, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert (Golden - 21 April 1974)

Home, to Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Bills, is a farm house on Rt. 1 Neillsville, in the Town of Grant. But the couple, who will observed their golden wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Bali Hai supper club, have called several other houses “home” during their married years.

After their April 21, 1924, marriage in Rockford, Il., and then the newlyweds lived in Beloit for a couple years, then moved to Sauk City where Mr. Bills worked for the Wisconsin Power and Light Company for 20 years. As his work required, the family lived in Prairie du Sac, Baraboo, Reedsburg, Fond du Lac, Markesan, and in Madison, where he was employed as a guard at the state capitol.

Mr. Bills retired from that position in 1954, looked around for a good farm to buy, and found just what he wanted in Clark County southeast of Neillsville. The couple retired a number of years ago when they sold their farm, to a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Drescher, and returned for a time to Madison. While farming, Mr. Bills also worked for the Badger State Telephone Company. Nowadays he enjoys gardening in summer and reading in winter.

In Madison, Mrs. Bills worked as a nurses’ aide at the Veterans’’ Hospital and at Methodist Hospital, and has worked in that capacity at Memorial Hospital and Memorial Home here. Her hobbies include sewing and knitting.

Mr. and Mrs. Bills are members of the Neillsville United Methodist Church, and she also belongs to the Pleasant Ridge circle of its UMW society. Mrs. Bills is a member of the Pleasant Ridge Homemakers Club as well.

The couple’s two daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Kay) Drescher and Mrs. William (Betty) Guk, are both area residents. Two children, Robert and Ione, died in infancy, and another son, Raymond, lost his life at the age of 21 when he was struck by lightning while serving in the Marine Corps. There are nine living grandchildren.

No invitations are being sent locally for the Sunday open house.



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