BioA: Voves, Mr. & Mrs. John (Gold - 1948)
Surnames: Voves, Stenz
----Source: Humbird Enterprise (Humbird, Clark Co., Wis.) 05/01/1948
Voves, Mr. & Mrs. John (Gold - 26 APR 1948)
Two of the grand old folks of Fairview vicinity were most happily surprised last Sunday evening when eighty or more members of St. Joseph’s Parish gathered in the church parlors to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Voves. And a memorable part of this celebration was the fact that the bride and groom, then in their middle twenties, were the first couple married in the new church. The wedding was on April 26, 1898, and Father Joseph Stenz was the priest officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Voves have been nearly lifelong residents of Fairview, having lived for only a short time in La Crosse after their marriage.
Although the surprise party was a quickly arranged one, yet the "newlyweds" received a number of very fine gifts from friends, and a gift of cash from the members of the parish. Only two of their eleven children, Wenzel who lives and home, and John were present at Sunday night’s gathering. Two daughters who had been home for the day, left before the party was arranged, but a family reunion is planned for Memorial Day.
Father Brake gave a fine tribute to these estimable people, in his talk Sunday night, saying that it was "only proper we observe such events, because during their years among us they have done so many of those ordinary things that ordinary people do, which never make headlines - favors which the other takes for granted, and which are done as matters of course, thing forgotten by both, but written by angels into records kept in heaven." A tribute in which all friends and neighbors join with hearty accord and a fervent Amen.
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