BioA: Walter, Mr./Mrs. Walter (1923)
Surnames: WALTER DEGENER
----Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 01/03/1924
Walter, Mr./Mrs. Walter (26 DEC 1923)
On the 26th of Dec. 1923, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Walter celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home in Neillsville, Clark County, Wis. Fifteen sat down to the bountiful dinner, with Mr. and Mrs. Walter presiding at the head of the table. A wedding cake adorned with "50's" on four sides, sat in front of them and suggested experience and early happenings and old friends since their wedding in Clark County fifty years ago.
They were married by Justice of the Peace Wilding at the home of the bride's parents, Mr.a nd Mrs. Carl Schoengarth in the town of Grant.
After dinner each related stories and accounts of those early days. Their wedding trip was to Farmington, Washington Co., to the home of the groom. The start to Marshfield was minutely describe, through woods, over logs and streams, on a jumper.
The jumper consisted of a large sleigh box about four feet by six feet and with one seat in it, a pair of runners and a pair of thills for the horse completed its equipment.
Marshfield had three house only at that time. Mr. Louie Rivers kept a small grocery stock, Marshfield's only merchant then; and he also kept a hotel and saloon.
The hardships, joys and struggles of the early pioneer settlers of Clark County, were illustrated by the vivid pictures, repainted by the active memories of these two well known settlers. The present generation owes a great debt to those who early settled our state, an particularly Clark County.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter were remembered by letters and presents from friends and relatives, who sent congratulations and wishes for their anniversary.
Mrs. Hulda Degener of Chili, Wis., and Mr. Albert Walter of Grant were present and the other son and daughters were prevented by distance from attending. They are Mr. Otto Walter, Hillsdale Mich., Mrs. Melvina Lange, Stillwater, Minn.; Mrs. Pauline Belden, Dickinson, N. D.
It was a happy day, full of love and cheer, one that will long be remembered.
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