BioA: Laabs, Mr./Mrs. Walter (Gold – 1972)


Surnames: Laabs, Poppe

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 19 Oct 1972

Laabs, Mr./Mrs. Walter (Gold – Oct 1972)

There will be an open house honoring Mr. and Mrs. Walter Laabs of Owen on their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Poppe, Withee, on Saturday, October 28, 1972, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing through the evening.

No invitations are being sent.


BioA: Laabs, Mr./Mrs. Walter #2 (Gold –1972)


Surnames: Laabs, Poppe, Rasch, Borchert, Kirchenhoefer, Glenzer, Knecht, Olson

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 16 Nov 1972

Laabs, Mr./Mrs. Walter (Gold – Oct 1972)

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Laabs of Route 1, Owen, were the guests of honor at an open house October 28, 1972 in observance of the 50th anniversary of their wedding day. The event was celebrated at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Poppe of Withee.

About 200 friends and relatives came during the afternoon and evening. Rev. A. Rasch, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, North Green Grove, of which the Laabs are members, gave devotions and prayer in the afternoon.

Mrs. Laabs wore a corsage of yellow roses and white carnations and her husband wore a boutonniere of a single yellow rose and white carnation. Gold bells, streamers and candles were used to complement the serving table, which featured an anniversary cake.

Walter Laabs and the former Edna Borchert were married October 28, 1922 in Zion Lutheran Church, Colby, by the Rev. M. Kirchenhoefter. The attendants at the ceremony who were present for the anniversary celebration were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Borchert of Colby, brother and sister-in-law of Mrs. Laabs, and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Glenzer of rural Owen, sister and brother-in-law of Mr. Laabs.

Mr. Laabs was born May 5, 1900 in the town of Green Grove, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Laabs. He received his education in the rural Green Grove School. He was engaged in farming on the farm which the couple still reside on, until his retirement in 1964. He is presently employed part time at the Clark County Hospital near Owen. A very active person, Laabs was the town clerk of Green Grove for eighteen years, and is treasurer at the present time. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.

Mrs. Laabs was born June 6, 1901 in the town of Colby, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Borchert. She received her education in the rural school in the town of Colby. She was employed at Miller’s restaurant and the Colby Hotel, both in Colby. Mrs. Laabs is in good health and enjoys sewing.

The Laabs are the parents of three daughters, Mrs. Rolland (Vernetta) Knecht, Route 1, Unity; Mrs. Donald (Dorine) Poppe, Withee, and Mrs. Delmond (Karen) Olson, Route 1, Owen. They also have eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

All the members of their family…..(the rest of my copy of the article was cut off)



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