Stan & Janet Schwarze.
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& Ferne Neuenfeldt
Greenwood, Clark County It seems that in nearly any large event there is a
hidden romantic story or two. The Greenwood Peace Memorial dedication 50 years
ago was no exception.
Albert (Abbie) and Ferne Neuenfeldt, Greenwood, claim the day as the day that
they met. That day has led to 48 years and counting of marriage.
Abbie, who Tribune-Record-Gleaner readers know as the former publisher of the
Greenwood Gleaner and Greenwood editor emeritus, had spent many hours printing
about 10,000 programs for the famous Oct. 3, 1937 dedication.
Unfortunately, there were a few more programs printed than there were people to
Young Ferne Haunschild, who was in her first year in teaching third and fourth
grade at Greenwood Elementary School, was one of the faculty who had been
recruited to sell, sell, sell.
I didn't know anybody in the community, Ferne said. I stopped Abbie on the
street and asked him if he d like to buy a program. He said no thanks , because
he d just gotten done making a run of a few thousand of them.
That was the only contact the couple had for two days. That s when Abbie finally
remembered the girl who d made some impression on the street and called her to
ask her for a date.
He just knew who the new school teachers were in town, that s whey he called,
The new school teacher and the local printer married in 1940 at Marshfield.
Abbie continued with his work at the Greenwood Gleaner and Ferne continued her
career at Greenwood Public Schools, where she teaches kindergarten.
The Neuenfeldts had a lot to remember when the monument was rededicated in 1982.
SOURCE: TRIBUNE-RECORD-GLEANER 09/30/1987
Jean Wessel Rolstad
I can tell you my
memories as a four year old holding onto my grandfather's hand. He lived in a
little house on that street...just down the hill. Is that Division Street now???
When our parents went shopping we were sometimes left with him while they bought
the groceries and things. Anyway I remember him taking me to see the statue
while it was still under the canvass or whatever scaffolding and covers were
over it. I thought he was just the greatest because all the men who worked there
seemed to know him and wow how special it was to see. I don't have a lot of
memories at that age but this one apparently impressed me greatly.
When I see the statue I always have to do a double take at the date because I
can still see it so clearly in my mind and I was born in 1933.
My grandfather died two years later, in 1939....so all the memories I have of
him are really very young ones. I also remember his funeral. Guess he must have