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This Anniversary was contributed by: Jerry Head

Sheboygan Press - Monday, April 21, 1941 page 8
{With Picture of Both}

Observe Golden Anniversary

A two-day celebration of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Gartman commenced on Sunday when approximately 150 relatives and friends were entertained at the open house held at their home, 1010 N. Ninth street, continued this morning, the anniversary of the wedding, with a high mass at Holy Name church at 8 o'clock, and was concluded with a dinner at 12:30 p.m. today at the Grand Hotel to about 50 guests.

Many bouquets of flowers decorated the home Sunday for the first event in the combined celebration. Interspersing the colorful arrangements of flowers in many varieties were lighted candles. Between the hours of 2 and 5 in the afternoon and 7 and 9 in the evening, visitors came constantly.

The high mass this morning was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Phillipp Dreis. Easter lilies adorned the altar. Present at the ceremony were the best man and bridesmaid of 50 years ago, A. C. Gartman and Mrs. D. F. Mayer, Holy Cross. Miss Evelyn Kellner was the soloist for the mass and sang several selections. The mass was attended by the members of the immediate family. The golden theme was carried out in the centerpiece of 50 Duesberg roses, which with two wedding cakes provided an attractive table setting for the dinner this noon. Out-of-town guests attending it were Mr. Mayer, Mrs. Joseph Hiltgen of Fredonia, Mr. and Mrs. George Thull and two sons, Donald and Wesley, of Detroit, Mich.

Mr. Gartman was born in the town of Wilson on May 14, 1864, and his wife, nee Helen Wolf, was born in Holy Cross in the town of Belgium, on Feb. 22, 1869. The couple was married at Holy Cross on April 21, 1891, by the Rev. Welbes. Until 1913, when they moved to Sheboygan, they resided at Weeden, where Mr. Gartman owned and operated a cheese factory. Their present home has always been their residence in this city.

Their seven children were all present for the anniversary. They are Mrs. John (Katherine) Mersberger, Mrs. George (Henrietta) Hammes, Mrs. Roy (Madeline) Head, Walter F., Louis H., and Dr. William J., all of Sheboygan, and Mrs. George (Leona) Thull of Detroit, Mich.

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