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This Anniversary write-up was contributed by: Cheryl Janowiak

Source: The Chilton Times - Saturday - February 1, 1902

Fiftieth Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Rollmann Celebrate Their Golden Wedding

At their home on West School Street, Friday, January 31st, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Rollmann, who have been residents of this city for over a quarter of a century, quietly celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, assisted by relatives and a few intimate friends. It is seldom that a man and wife are permitted to spend fifty years of happiness together and when the blessing of health and prosperity has been added to this, as in the present case, the rare event is, indeed, one of congratulation.

Otto Rollmann was born in the city of Soest, Westphalia, Prussia, on June 22, 1818. On the 6th of May 1848 he and his brother Louis set sail for America landing at New York on July 2nd of the same year. They went from there to Albany by steamer and thence by rail to Buffalo, the track over which the cars were run being constructed of wooden rails. Leaving here they went to Sheboygan by the way of the great lakes and then started on foot for Calumet, Fond du Lac county. Mr. Rollmann was married to Miss Amelia Fricke, daughter of Henry Fricke, a pioneer settler of the state, on Jan. 31, 1852, the marriage ceremony being performed by Justice of the Peace Orin White, of the town of Forest, Fond du Lac county. Mr. Rollmann held the office of Justice of the Peace for eighteen consecutive years. He also held the office of town clerk and served one term as county Superintendent of Schools of Fond du Lac county. He left the farm in 1875 moving to the city of Fond du Lac. The next year he moved to this city were he has since resided.

Mrs. Rollmann was born in Radegast, Saxony, Prussia, Oct. 14, 1835, and came to Wisconsin with her parents in 1847. She is very active for a lady of her age and popular in German society. Mr. and Mrs. Rollmann are the parents of four living children all of whom are to be present at the anniversary celebration: Henry Rollmann, our popular druggist; Louis Rollmann, dealer in real estate and lumber at Shawano; Mrs. Albert Wipperman also of Shawano and Alfred Rollmann, an electrical engineer, of Chicago.

The Times editor has known this highly respected old couple ever since their coming to Chilton and heartily congratulates them upon this happy occasion.

Source: The Chilton Times - Saturday - February 8, 1902

The following guests attended the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Rollmann, on Friday of last week: Mr. and Mrs. R. Fricke, of St. Cloud, Wis.; Miss Helen Fricke, of Glenbeulah; Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Kabel, Mr. and Mrs. E. Bauman, of Kiel; Mrs. H. Wipperman with daughters Anna and Lena, of Chilton; Mr. and Mrs. L. Rollmann and children, Mr. and Mrs. A. Wipperman and children, of Shawano; Alfred Rollmann, of Chicago; Julius Feind of Chilton. Numerous presents were received by the aged couple from their friends. Their children presented their father with a gold-headed cane and their mother with a silk dress.

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