BioA: Selves, Mr./Mrs. J. T. (50th Anniv. - 1938)

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Surnames: Selves, Welsch, Rause, Tiffany, Armstrong, Bright, Barber, Conway, Palmetier

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 10/27/1938

Selves, Mr./Mrs. J. T. (50th Anniv. - 24 Oct. 1938)

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Selves of Colby celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday when relatives and neighbors were entertained at dinner and supper at St. John’s hall, covers being laid for forty. Out of town people present were Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Welsch and Mr. and Mrs. B. Rause of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tiffany of Lake Forest, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Ted Selves and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selves of Neillsville, Mrs. A. S. Armstrong and Mrs. Donald Armstrong of Greenwood, Mrs. H. A. Bright, Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Barber and Miss Margaret Conway of Minneapolis.

Mr. Selves was born on Feb. 2nd, 1858, at Buffalo, N.Y., and came to Clark county with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Selves, when he was five years of age. They engaged in farming near Neillsville, Wis. Mrs. Selves, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Welsch, was born in Town Mosel, Sheboygan county, on Sept. 5th, 1867. The family moved to Colby when she was nine years of age and Colby always was her home with the exception of a few years spent in other parts of Clark county.

Mr. and Mrs. Selves were married in Colby on October 24, 1888, and resided in Colby for the past thirty-seven years. For a time, they lived at Neillsville, four years on a farm at Green Grove and three years at Bayfield where Mr. Selves was foreman in a lumber camp. He also worked for a number of years on rivers, driving logs down the Popple river, through the Black river and down the Mississippi. He recalls one strenuous trip when the dam broke on the Black river and he was obliged to pull off his clothes and swim to shore. He also did teaming for several years but says that he enjoyed log driving more than any other line of work he did. Mr. Selves served Colby as alderman for one term. He retired from active work twelve years ago after an operation.

Mr. and Mrs. Selves have one son, Harry, who resides in Colby. A daughter died a number of years ago. Mr. Selves has two brothers, Richard and Edward Selves, who reside on farms near Neillsville, Wis. Mrs. Selves has three sisters, and four brothers, Mrs. Lulu Palmetier of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Anna Bright and Mrs. Pauline Barber of Minneapolis, Henry J. Welsch of Colby, William Welsch of Spokane, Washington, and Louis Welsch of Chicago.



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