BioA: Zassenhaus, Mr./Mrs. William (Silver – 1969)


Surnames: Zassenhaus, Mueller, Schaffer, Schultz, Frome, Schulz, Streiter, Clarkson, Johnson, Krueger, Castner, Griesbach, Steffen, Smudde, Bond, Maddock, Mueller, Schnelle, Campbell, Kane, Chamberlain, Endicott

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 10 Apr 1969

Zassenhaus, Mr./Mrs. William (Silver – 8 APR 1969)

Mr. and Mrs. William Zassenhaus entertained guests at their home Monday evening to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. Their anniversary cake was baked and decorated by Mrs. Hazel Mueller. The three-tier white layer cake was adorned with pink roses, lilies of the valley, silver leaves and the 25-year emblem on top.

A buffet style supper of turkey, dressing, cole slaw, sandwiches and cake was served.

Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Lester Schaffer, Mr. and Mrs. Art Schultz, and Gary, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Frome, Wayne Frome, Miss Lorraine Schulz, Perry Schulz, Mrs. James Streiter and daughters, Veronica, Ilona and Cindy, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Clarkson, Mr. and Mrs. John Zassenhaus, Abbotsford, Mrs. Ed Johnson, Mrs. Ben Krueger, Mrs. Bruce Castner, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Griesbach and Tina, Mrs. Lena Steffen, Mrs. Stella Smudde, Abbotsford, and Vernon Schnelle.

Following the supper, the anniversary couple opened and displayed their many gifts.

Pvt. 1st Class William Zassenhaus, U.S. Army, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Zassenhaus, Colby, was united in marriage to Miss Pauline Bond, second daughter of Mrs. S. Maddock and step-daughter of Mrs. Percy Maddock of Marldon, near Raignton, Down, England.

The ceremony took place at the church of St. John the Baptist, where Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who founded the Colony of Newfoundland in 1583, and his half-brother, Sir Walter Raleigh, were shipped when they lived at Campton Castle, nearby (one of the ancestral homes of England).

The Vicar of Marldon, the Rev. R.S.H. Trevaldwin, officiated at the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage on Easter Saturday, April 8, 1944, by her step-father, John Percy. Attending the couple were bridesmaids, Susie Amy Maddock, step-sister of the bride, and Miss Brenda Campbell, a friend. Best man was Pvt. 1st Class Albert Kane, U.S. Army.

Pvt. Zassenhaus was the first American to be married in this church since it was founded in 1583. Also noted in the original wedding date was the fact the second wife of the late Joseph Chamberlain, who was Mary Endicott, daughter of a distinguished American lawyer, visited the Marldon Church many year ago and examined registers for traces of her ancestry.

Mrs. Zassenhaus arrived in the United States on her twenty-first birthday, March 22, 1946. She came to Colby to join her husband, who returned earlier in December to the States with the armed forces.

The couple lived at Brodhead for nine and one-half years, and returned to the Zassenhaus farmstead, where they have since made their home at rural Colby. They have two sons, John, who is married and living at Abbotsford, and Charles, at home.




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