BioA: Nelson, Mr. & Mrs. John (Silver – 1966)

Contact: Dinah Reinke

Surnames: Nelson, Malugue, Michaelson, Greenwood, Altendorf, Glidden, Woodring, Buchanan, Lenz, Werner, Reese

------ Source: Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford and Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) 09/15/1966

------ Nelson, Mr. & Mrs. John (Silver – 15 SEP 1966)

On the occasion of the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson of Abbotsford, friends and relatives came from Abbotsford, Colby, Curtiss, Owen, Marshfield, Spencer, Port Washingion, Beloit, Sheboygan, West Allis, Wausau, Robinsdale, Minn., and Chicago, Ill., to offer congratulations and best wishes and join in the celebration held Saturday, Sept. 10.

Mrs. Gerald Michaelson of Marshfield was the only one of the original wedding attendants able to be present at the anniversary celebration. The former Grace Greenwood, a niece of the bride, served as ring bearer.

The theme of the decorations at the city hall at Abbotsford where the open house was held was a moonlit garden scene. On the north end of the hall a lovely garden was made. In it were several white birch, evergreen trees and a flower hydrangea tree, a bird bath and fountain that flowed throughout the afternoon and evening, and white lattice covered with flowers. A big yellow moon, Japanese lanterns, and glittering stars on the dark blue sky provided the only illumination for the renewal of vows which took place at 7:30 p.m. in the garden.

Japanese lanterns, silver bells and ribbon were used in the hall and on each table there were cut flowers fountains with running water and miniature bride and groom.

For the renewal ceremony, Mrs. Richard Altendorf of Port Washington played “Pomp and Circumstance”, which was the bridal march twenty-five years ago. The Rev. Charles Glidden of the First Presbyterian church of Abbotsford gave a prayer after which Mrs. Arnold Woodring of Owen sang “Hand in Hand Together, Darling”. Mrs. Vern Buchanan was her accompanist. The Rev. Arnold Woodring of the Alliance missionary church of Owen gave a sermonette, followed by a solo, “Because,” sung by Rev. Glidden, accompanied at the piano by Miss Ann Lenz. The marriage promises were repeated before Rev. Woodring and the closing benediction was offered by Rev. Glidden.

John Nelson and Grace Malugue, both of Marshfield, were married at the Methodist church, Marshfield, Sept. 15, 1941. They made their home in Marshfield until 1963 when they came to Abbotsford.

Mr. Nelson was employed at the Baltus Oil Col. And later at the Marshfield Oil Co. He served in the mechanized cavalry in the army and also as a military policeman. On his discharge, he joined the Marshfield police force and was a member for 16 years, being captain of police at the time he came to Abbotsford to start the Nelson Oil Co. and operate the Texaco service station.

Mrs. Nelson was a telephone operator and is still engaged in that work, presently employed by the General Telephone Co. at Marshfield on the night shift.

The Nelsons have six children, Mrs. Raymond (Karleen) Werner of Marshfield, twins Phillis and Phillip (Phillis is Mrs. Alvin Reese of Sheboygan and Phillip is employed in West Allis), and three children at home, Darla, Jens (J C) and Chloe.

There are two grand children, Lynette Werner and Brian Reese.



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