BioA: Martens, Mr./Mrs. Emil J. (60th – 1970)


Surnames: Martens, Pankow, Domer, Kemmena, Orth, Kuester, Roth, Duwe, Newman, Justman, Pauls, Burnett, Nietzel

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 05 Nov 1970

Martens, Mr./Mrs. Emil J. (60th – 2 NOV 1970)

Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Martens, Colby (Clark Co., Wis.), celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, November 1, 1970.

The honored couple, their family, and relatives attended the 10:45 services ate Zion Lutheran Church, Colby, with Rev. David Pankow officiating. Rev. Pankow offered a special prayer for the Martens at the service.

The group then gathered at the Village Plaza in Spencer for a family style dinner.

Mrs. Martens had a white orchid corsage and Mr. Martens a white carnation boutonniere for the occasion. The tables were adorned with roses and chrysanthemums, and the main centerpiece was a floral arrangement of large Fiji mums, along with the appropriately decorated anniversary cake.

Highlights of the celebration included a display of photographs and snapshots dating from 1910 through 1970; a copy of the Milwaukee Journal, dated November 2, 1910, their wedding day, and an original edition of the Ladies Home Journal, dated 1895.

Emil J. Martens, son of John and Catherine Martens, was born March 10, 1886, in the town of Unity (Clark Co., Wis.). He received his education in the town of Unity, and also completed a cheese making course at the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1910.

Rose Domer, daughter of William and Amelia Domer, was born in the town of Unity on November 9, 1888. She received her education at Sunshine School in Unity, and worked for a brief period in Chicago prior to their marriage.

Emil J. Martens and Rose Domer were united in marriage November 2, 1910, at Peace Lutheran Church, town of Unity, which is now St. John's Lutheran Church, Riplinger (Clark Co.). where the ceremonies and attendants were Rev. A.E. Kemmena, who officiated, and Mrs. George (Anna) Orth, the bride's sister, and Daniel Martens, the groom's brother.

Both attendants are now deceased.

Following their wedding, Mr. Martens was a cheesemaker at New London for a short time, and the couple then farmed in the town of Unity from 1911 until their retirement in 1953, when they moved to their present residence in Colby.

They are the parents of five children: Mrs. Helmuth (Pauline) Kuester, Milwaukee; Caroline Martens, Milwaukee; Mrs. George (Bernice) Roth, Unity; Mrs. Carl (Delores) Duwe, Milwaukee, and John, who died January 6, 1962.

There are fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Martens held numerous offices in the church and has taken an active part in local government. Mrs. Martens is a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church and was one of the first confirmands of the newly founded church.

The same church has since been renamed St. Joh's and is located at Riplinger. She is an active member of the Blue Sky Garden Club and Ladies' Aid Society. She enjoys flowers, needlework and cooking.

To prove her interest in flowers, it is noted that Mrs. Martens provided an Easter lily with seven fragrant blossoms to the Zion Lutheran Church for services Sunday.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Martens are in general good health and they belong to the Senior Citizens group. He loves gardening and farming.

The couple had their anniversary photographs taken at Keel Studio, the same location they had their original wedding pictures taken, formerly known as Lukowicz Studio.

Guests attending the celebration included Mr. and Mrs. Helmuth Kuester and Karen, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. George Roth and family, Unity, Caroline Martens, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Duwe and Barbara, Milwaukee, Carl Domer, Unity, Herman Martens, Unity, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Newman, Unity, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Domer, Medford, Mrs. Pauline Justman, Colby, Mr. and Mrs. William Domer, Abbotsford, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Martens, Cornucopia, Wisconsin, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Martens, Ladysmith, Mrs. Susan Neitzel, Milwaukee, Mrs. Martha Martens, Junction City, Mathilda Burnett, Unity, Miss Eileen Roth, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. John Laabs and John, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kuester, Milwaukee, Verlyn Roth, Stevens Point, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kuester, Diane and Pamela of Milwaukee.

Unable to attend were Mrs. Margaret Fitchett, Milwaukee, Leo Domer, Unity, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pauls , Chicago.



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