BioA: Rottjer, Mr./Mrs. Henry (Golden - 1974)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Rottjer, Anderson, Martens, Cook, Kraft, Van, Knitt, Krueger, Schultz

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/14/1974

Rottjer, Mr./Mrs. Henry (Golden – 8 November 1974)

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rottjer,113 Mill St. Loyal, were honored with an open house Sunday afternoon in observance of their Golden wedding anniversary. The family and close relatives had gathered for a noon dinner at the Star Lodge Motel before going to the Mrs. Emma Rottjer home at 317 Division Street. Here the table decorations included flowers in the shades of gold and yellow. Approximately 85 guests greeted the honored couple.

Henry Rottjer and the former Esther Anderson were married on November 8, 1924 at Neillsville. Their attendants were Miss Helanda Martens of Neillsville who attended the open house and the late William Rottjer. In recalling the date, that evening was the first snowfall of the season and lasted all winter.

His family had moved to a farm south of Loyal in 1919. Henry Rottjer was born and educated at Elkton, Mn. He owned and operated a bowling alley and did carpenter work until he began working for the O. W. Trindal Company in 1926. In 1927, they moved to Riplinger where he managed the Trindal Elevator and the following year to Granton when the company purchased an elevator there. In 1933 they returned to Loyal where he was manager and route salesman for the company until his retirement in 1963.

Esther Anderson was born at Neillsville where she graduated from the Neillsville High School in 1920. She did bookkeeping and was deputy County Clerk of Circuit Court for Clark County, until her marriage when she moved to Loyal. Then she continued in the field of bookkeeping, clerked in stores, and also had an insurance office through the years.

He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and she is a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Royal Neighbors and the WSCS of the Methodist Church.

Together they enjoy their hobbies of fishing, gardening and playing cards.

They have one daughter, Janet, who helped plan the open house. She and her husband, Gene Cook, and their two children, Joel and Jon, of Waukesha, spent the weekend with her parents.

Guests from away included Mr. Rottjer’s aunt, Mrs. Mary Kraft, and Mr. and Mrs. Olin Van of Elkton, Mn.; and her nephew, Lyle Anderson and wife of Melrose; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Knitt of Madison; and Mrs. Harold Krueger and Mrs. Karen Schultz of Marion; as well as other cities of central Wisconsin.



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