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This Anniversary write-up was contributed by: Mary Griffen

Source: Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - November 9, 1971

Mr. And Mrs. Peter Geiser Have 60th Wedding Event

Sixty years of marriage were observed Sunday by a Chilton Couple, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Geiser, 610 S. Madison St.

An 11 o'clock Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chilton had the Rev James Vennix as celebrant.

Muench's Supper club, Alverno, was the scene of a dinner for the honorees and their immediate family, who returned to the Geiser home afterward to reminisce about bygone days and to play card games.

Mrs. Geiser, nee Anna Schwarz, was born Jan. 12, 1889 in Town of Charlestown, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George (Barbara Gruber) Schwarz. Birthplace of Mr. Schwarz was in the same township and occurred on Feb. 27, 1888. His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Xavier (Pauline Koehler) Geiser.

St. Martin's Catholic Church, Charlestown, was the scene of the marriage ceremony, Nov. 7, 1911, performed by the late Rev. Raphael Wittig, S.D.S. The attendants of six decades ago are deceased--Miss Josephine Geiser and George Schwarz, sister and brother of the couple. There were two flower girls -- Mrs. Fritz Zarnoth, nee Veronica Daun and Mrs. Henry Schowbe, formerly Pauline Hanke, Chilton, both nieces of the couple.

Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Geiser farmed in the Town of Charlestown, on the Geiser homestead, which now is owned and operated by their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Geiser, which is the third generation on the farm. The celebrants retired from farming in 1943 and moved to Chilton. Before moving they were members of St. Martin's Catholic Church, Charlestown.

Both still belong to Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, Charlestown Branch 194. At St. Mary's in Chilton, Mrs. Geiser is affiliated with Christian Mother's Society, the Daughters of Isabella, Joan of Arc Circle, and the Mission society. Mr. Geiser is a member of the Holy Names society and Knights of Columbus Calumet Council 2556.

Both honorees are in fairly good health and perform their daily household chores. They enjoy gardening and playing cards.

The family circle is comprised of two sons, Herbert Geiser, Chilton and Leo Geiser, R. 2, New Holstein; five daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Sylvia) Woelfel, Mrs. Helmuth (Stella) Nicolay, Chilton; Mrs. John (Armella) Wettstein, R. 3, Chilton; Mrs. Elmer (Adela) Meier, Valders, and Mrs. Gerald (Lydia) Larsen, Milwaukee.

Sister M. Camilia, O.S.F., a sister of Mrs. Geiser, is the only member of the family of brothers and sisters of the couple still living. She came from Beaver Dam for the celebration. Although she is semi-retired, she still teaches at St. Patrick's parochial school at Beaver Dam.

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