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This Anniversary was contributed by: Debi Daniel

The Sheboygan Press

Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. And Mrs. T. A. Volk Is Celebrated With Open House

Plymouth - {Special} - United in marriage on Nov. 3, 1887, in St. Claudius church at St. Cloud by the Rev. Father Boni Van John, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore F. Volk, 228 Edna street, Plymouth, Wednesday celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by holding open house for their many relatives and friend.

Coming from all parts of the county, some 300 guests called at the Volk home to extend felicitations to the honored couple upon the happy occasion. The home attained a festive atmosphere with beautiful baskets and vases of flowers sent with golden anniversary greetings. There were also personal gifts and remembrances from fraternal and patriotic organizations and from Plymouth business people. Abundance of congratulatory telegrams and cards were also received.

History Of Couple

Mr. Volk, the son of Bartlomi and Fredericka Volk, who immigrated to Wisconsin from Switzerland, was born May 29, 1865, at Menasha. He came to Plymouth when seven years old.

Born at Greenbush Feb. 4, 1865, Mrs Volk, the former Miss Florra Franey, was the daughter of Thomas and Ellen Franey. Her father was born in Mayo, Ireland and her mother at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Their families were among the very early settlers in the town of Greenbush.

The couple was united in marriage at St. Cloud 50 years ago and came directly to Plymouth. Since then they made their home in this city, where they have resided their entire married life.

A prominent cigar manufacturer of the county for 48 years, Mr. Volk purchased the cigar factory of the late Henry Schroeder in the year 1886. Fourteen years later, in 1900, the Plymouth Cigar factory was organized with Mr. Volk as a member of the firm. He retired from the company in 1934, having served as treasurer for 34 years.

Never Defeated In Office

His activities in this city have been interesting and varied to the effect that, having been asscoaited with the civic and fraternal life in Plymouth for many years, he claims the unusual honor of never having been defeated for a public office during the 34 years he has served the city. Mr. Volk was elected to the office of city clerk in 1899, and served in that capacity until 1908. He became city treasurer in 1912 and held that office for four years. In the year 1918 he was chosen to serve as police justice. Today, as he has been in the past 20 years, Mr. Volk is known to the majority of local residents as "Judge Volk." He is still police justice in Plymouth.

Fraternity he is affiliated with and is a charter member and life member of the Hub City Aerie No. 1312, Fraternal Order of Eagles and has served as its secretary for 20 years. He is the local secretary-treasurer for the Cigar Makers' International Union of America, an office he held for the past nine years. Mr. Volk is an honorary member of the Plymouth Hook and Ladder company and a member of the Workingmen's Aid society.

Mrs. Volk is a member of the Service Star Legion, Plymouth chapter, and served as its secretary for four years. She will also be remembered to a great many of Plymouth residents as the Plymouth correspondent for The Sheboygan Press. She worked for this paper for six years, from 1923 until March, 1929.

Have Five Children

The couple have five children: Hubert T. Volk of Chicago, Leeland E. Volk of Rhinelander, Mrs. Robert A. {Audrey L.} Suhrke of this city, Theodore J. Volk of Macon, Georgia, and Mrs. Enola F. Hillemann of New York City. There are also seven grandchildren: Mary Romalda Volk, a student ath the Georgia State College for women; Doratheo Ann Volk, a student at the Wessleyn conservatory in Georgia; Theodore J. Volk, Jr., Noel and Carol Volk at Macon, Georgia; Robert Volk Suhrke, a student at Mission House college, and Mrs. Marion Volk Catalano of Los Angeles, Calif.

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