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McHenry Plaindealer
1875-1975

Mr Frank Nimsgern and Miss Schaefer of Johnsburg were married Tuesday. he expects to run his father's farm as his parents will move to McHenry.

Taken from the McHenry Plaindealer, Thursday, December 7, 1899

Mr and Mrs Michael Schaefer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home west of here on Tuesday of this week. At eight o'clock in the morning a nuptial high mass was celebrated at St John's church, while during the afternoon and evening the couple entertained a company of relatives and friends that numbered nearly one hundred. A sumptuous repast was served the guests from five until eight o'clock, while the afternoon hours and those following the serving of supper were spent in a social manner. Mr and Mrs Schaefer are the parents of seven children, as follows: John and Mathias at home, Peter, Mrs Frank Nimsgern, Mrs Math May and Mrs Peter May all of Spring Grove and Mrs Emma Young of Johnsburg. Both Mr and Mrs Schaefer are apparently enjoying good health and it is the hope of their friends that they may live to enjoy their diamond jubilee.

Taken from the McHenry Plaindealer, Thursday, May 31, 1923

MARRIED AT SPRING GROVE

MISS ROSE NIMSGERN AND HENRY KENNEBECK UNITED

A wedding of interest to their many friends in this community was solemnized at St Peter's Catholic church at Spring Grove at 7:30 o'clock on Tuesday morning of this week when Miss Rose Nimsgern and Mr Henry Kennebeck were joined in holy wedlock. Rev B Hildebrand, pastor of the church, officiated. Attending the couple were Miss Mary Nimsgern, a sister of the bride, and Mr John Kennebeck, a brother of the groom. The bride looked pretty attired in a gown of beaded white georgette and satin, trimmed with panels of Spanish lace. Her snowy white veil with floral effect silver band completed her head dress. She carried a bouquet of white bridal roses. The bridesmaid wore a beaded georgette coral colored dress and carried a bouquet of tea roses. Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party, together with members of their families and near relatives, gathered at the home of the bride's mother, where a reception was held. The bride is the second daughter of Mrs Catherine Nimsgern, who resides near Spring Grove. She has always resided in that vicinity and McHenry, where her friends and admirers are many. The groom is the third son of Mrs Elizabeth Kennebeck, who resides east of this city. He is an industriously inclined young man with a character that commands the respect of everyone. He is now employed by his brother-in-law, Peter A Freund, whose farm is located south of this city, where the newly weds will make their home until March 1. Congratulations are generously extended by their friends.

Taken from the McHenry Plaindealer, Thursday, October 25, 1923

Local Couple Celebrated
60th Wedding Anniversary May 29th

MR. AND MRS. M. SCHAEFER HONORED

MARRIED IN GERMANY IN YEAR 1873

A rare occasion was celebrated on Monday, May 29, when Mr and Mrs Michael M Schaefer celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs Katherine Nimsgern, in McHenry. Frequently we hear of a golden wedding anniversary when fifty years of married life is celebrated, but when it comes to sixty years of married life it proves to be a very rare event and one that has never been observed in this city for many years. This memorable day was commenced with a Mass at St John's church, Johnsburg, at 9:30 o'clock with Father Vollman officiating, assisted by Father Crotty of Richmond as deacon and Father Nix of McHenry as sub-deacon. At 1 o'clock a delicious dinner was served to about twenty guests, including only the children of this venerable couple. The dinner was served at the home of their daughter, Mrs Katherine Nimsgern, on Green Street, where Mr and Mrs Schaefer have made their home this winter and where they were both seriously ill. Because of this recent illness and their advanced age the day was rather a quiet one as they were not able to stand over-exertion or excitement. All of their children were able to be present on this occasion with the exception of one, Mrs Emma Young, who is a patient at the Woodstock Hospital. A large cake made expressly for this occasion was given by a grandson, Joe Nimsgern, who is a salesman for the Hathaway Bakery Company.

Married In Germany

Michael Schaefer and Katherine Pitzen were married in Germany on May 29, 1873, and came to America fifty-two years ago, where they settled on the homestead at Johnsburg, making no change from their chosen homesite. Mr Schaefer has now reached the advanced age of 87 years and Mrs Schaefer is 86. They have seven children, Mrs Emma Young, Mat, John and Peter, of Johnsburg, Mrs Mary May and Mrs Peter May of Spring Grove and Mrs Katherine Nimsgern of McHenry. Mrs Schaefer has a brother John Pitzen, at Johnsburg. They also have twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Mr and Mrs Schaefer appreciate the kindness of Fr. Vollman, Fr Crotty, and Fr Nix and the church choir in taking part in the Mass for this memorable occasion. The passing years have not been without their sunshine and shadow in the lives of Mr and Mrs Schaefer, who treasure each year as precious stone to their chain of memories.The Plaindealer joins their many friends in best wishes for many more.

Taken from the McHenry Plaindealer, Thursday, June 1, 1933

Mr and Mrs Schwartz

Crystal Lake--Mr and Mrs William Schwartz celebrated their 50th anniversary March 10 with a family dinner at Haystack's Manor in Bull Valley. The event was hosted by their daughters' Sandie Schwarz and Cindy Urquhart, and son, Bill Schwartz Jr. Elvera Mary Kennebeck and William Eric Schwartz were married March 10, 1951, in Chicago. Shortly after, Bill was transferred to Oconomowoc, Wis., where they resided for seven years. They moved back to Cary, IL and have lived in Crystal Lake, IL for the past 25 years. Bill was employed with Davey Tree Co. for 46 years. He retired in 1991. They have one son, Bill Schwartz, Jr. of Nederland, Colo., and two daughters, Sandie ( Steve ) Schwarz of Cary, and Cindy ( Paul ) Urquhart of Crystal Lake. They have five grandchildren--Kim, Steve, Jason, Kristie and Jessica--and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Kyle and Kierstin. They will be going to Nashville, Tenn., in May for an anniversary trip.

Taken from the Northwest Herald, Monday, April 16, 2001

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