Floyd County Marriage Announcements
and such . . .



Mary Wilson and Martin Knutson

SETS WEDDING DATE — Feb. 19 is the date chosen by Mary Wilson, 1014 9th N.W., daughter of Eugene Shoemaker of Marble Rock, and Martin Knutson of Hanlontown, son of Mrs. Knute Knutson of Hanlontown, for their marriage which will take place at the Holy Family rectory.

Mason City Globe-Gazette
February 7, 1949


Marie Johannetta Kirsch and Raymond DeBakey

Marie J. Kirsch Becomes Bride

Charles City — Marie Johannetta Kirsch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kirsch, Charles City, was married Thursday to Raymond E. DeBakey, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. DeBakey, Des Moines, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic church with the Rev. John Quinn officiating.

Attendants were Agnes Kirsch, sister of the bride, as bridesmaid, and Alfred DeBakey, brother of the bridegroom, bestman. Ushers were Robert Kirsch, brother of the bride, and John McGee, brother-in-law of the bride. A wedding breakfast was held at Lucille's Tea room for the immediate relatives and a reception was later held at the home of the bride's parents.

After a short wedding trip they will visit for a week with relatives in Des Moines and Charles City. They will be at home at Los Angeles, Cal. Mrs. DeBakey is a graduate of the Immaculate Conception school, Charles City, and Mount Mercy school of nursing, Cedar Rapids. She served as navy nurse and since her discharge has been employed at Cedars of Lebanon hospital in Los Angeles. DeBakey attended school in Des Moines, served in the army and since his discharge he's been employed in Los Angeles.

Mason City Globe-Gazette - June 25, 1949


Genevieve Mary Sogard and Roderick Rohrberg

Nuptials Held at Charles City

Charles City—Miss Genevieve Mary Sogard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwin Sogard, Charles City, was married to Roderick George Rohrberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Rohrberg, of Council Bluffs, June 17 in St. John's Lutheran church with the Rev. Walter M. Fritschel officiating.

Attendants were Phyllis Burns, maid of honor; Audrey Shaw, bridesmaid, both school friends of the bride; Barbara Textrum, flower girl; Alfred H. Rohrberg, brother of the bridegroom, bestman; Dean Sogard, brother of the bride, Wayne Miller, Frank Murray, Daniel Murray and James Kennedy, ushers. A reception was held in the^ church parlors, immediately following the ceremony.

Mrs. Rohrberg finished her 2nd year at Iowa State college as a major in home economics and textile clothing. Mr. Rohrberg is a college graduate and attended St. Ambrose, Marquette university and Iowa State college. He is now employed with the Alaska road commission and will serve as assistant engineer.

Mason City Globe-Gazette
June 25, 1949


Glendola Mae Cross
and Otto DeWalle


Charles City—Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cross, Charles City, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Glendola Mae, to Otto DeWalle, Jr., of Cresco. The wedding will take place Aug. 8.

Mason City Globe-Gazette - June 25, 1949


Emmons Cannon and
Sheryl Scholl

Nuptials honored
at reception at
Emmons Cannons

NORA SPRINGS — Mr. and Mrs Emmons Cannon entertained at a post-nuptial reception in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cannon.

The bride was formerly Sheryl Scholl of Rockford. Mrs. Laura Lucas of Charles City, the bride's great-grandmother, was a special guest. The bridegroom's sister, Mrs. George Nannenga, cut and served the bridal cake. A three-tier wedding cake was baked and decorated with pink roses by the bridegroom's mother, Mrs Emmons Cannon.

Mrs. Earl Cannon had charge of the guest book. Mrs. Melvin Cannon presided at the gift table Mrs. Virgil Evans, the bride's grandmother, poured. Mrs. Wayne Milhous and Mrs. Wilbur May had charge of the kitchen and serving refreshments.

There were four generations present: The great-grandmother, Mrs. Laura Lucas; the grandmother, Mrs. Virgil Evans; the bride's mother, Mrs. Leo Green land, and the bride, Mrs. Joe Cannon. Guests were present from Rockford, Charles City, Rudd, Elma, Plymouth, Mason City, Nora Springs and Garner.

Globe-Gazette, 3-30-1962, pp 15


Viola Hultman &
Lynn McPhail

Viola Hultman and
Lynn McPhail Married
in Charles City

Miss Viola Hultman and Lynn McPhail were married at Charles City on January 10, 1924 and are already at home there. The ceremony was performed at the Christian parsonage at that place.

Mrs. McPhail is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hultman, of Little Cedar, and is a graduate of the Little Cedar High School, and attended the junior college here for a year. Her husband was also brought up at Little Cedar, and is a son of the Jay McPhails. He is a barber and is employed in a Charles City Shop.

[Mitchell County Press, January 23, 1924]


Flora Gaylord Tolbert
& David Moberly


NORA SPRINGS, Sept. 25. — Mrs. Flora Gaylord Tolbert of Ontario, Calif., and David Albert Moberly of Huntington Beach, Calif., were married September 19, 1929, at the Ramona Apartments, East Ninth street, Upland, Calif., at the home of Mrs. R. C. Willliams, where they will continue to reside.

About 40 guests including a number of relatives were present and witnessed the ceremony. The Rev. Fred S. Carter of the Ontario Christian church officiated. The rooms were decorated with pink roses.

The bride chose as her wedding day, her birthday and the wedding anniversary of her parents, John and Sarah Gaylord, who formerly owned and lived on the farm now owned by C. A. Swedberg, two miles cast of Nora Springs.

[ Mason City Globe Gazette, Sept. 25, 1929, pg 7. ]


Mr. & Mrs. C.E. "Gene" Sellon

Minnie Witzel & Clarence Eugene Sellon

PLAN GOLDEN WEDDING - Mr. and Mrs. C. E. "Gene" Sellon, who were married on February 27, 1896, in the home of Mrs. Sellon's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Witzel, in Ulster Township, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Nora Springs on Wednesday with open house for their relatives. All of their 9 children will be at the home.

Their children are: W. B. Sellon of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Earl Schultz (Hazel) of Mason City, Mrs. Earl Kimber (Sadie) of Hastings, Nebraska; Loyal Sellon, at home; Mrs. Fern Ashmore of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. L. V. Jacobson (Nina) of Nora Springs, Earl Sellon of New London, Clarence Sellon of Minneapolis and Harold Sellon of Mason City. One son, George died at the age of one year. They have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sellon was the former Minnie A. Witzel of Rudd. Following their marriage, they spent the first year in Rock Grove Township, on one of the present E. E. Sherman farms; and then bought a farm in Ulster Township and lived on it until 1912. Thirty four years ago they moved to their present home in Nora Springs.

Mr. Sellon has been prominent in business and civic circles in both Nora Springs and Rudd. In 1899 he organized the Framers' elevator at Rudd and in 1904 he organized the Farmers' Mutual Telephone Company in Nora Springs. He was the first president of both of these organizations. He has served several terms as mayor of Nora Springs and has been on both the town council and the board of education at various times.

When the Sellons first moved to Nora Springs, Mr. Sellon operated a land office on the site of the present Ewen Cafe. Mr. Sellon also formerly operated the Maple Hill nursery on highway No. 18 in Nora Springs, but sold the property a few years ago to J. C. West.

Mr. Sellon is 77 years of age, having been born August 9, 1868, west of Cedar Falls. Mrs. Sellon who was born near Rockford on April 11, 1873, is now 72.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, February 26, 1946]


LaVera Nash and
Paul W. Gratias

LaVera Nash and Paul W. Gratias Wed

MARBLE ROCK, IOWA - Miss LaVera Nash, daughter of Mrs. Gladys Nash, Marble Rock, became the bride of Paul W. Gratias, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Gratias, Mason City, at a 3 o'clock ceremony at the Bethel Baptist Church in Marble Rock, December 21, 1947.

The pastor, Reverend Alfred Trennery, performed the double ring service.

Mrs. Cleland Maxson, sister of the bride, acted as matron of hnor, and the groom was attended by his brother, Arthur Gratias, Donald and Robert Nash, brothers of the bride, and Ralph and Walter Gratias, brothers of the groom, were ushers, Mrs. Gratias is a teacher in the Geneva public schools and Mr. Gratias is engaged in farming near Nora Springs.

Waterloo Daily Courier, December 28, 1947


Alice Dissmore &
Arthur Gratias

Arthur Gratias and Alice Dissmore Wed

Nora Springs Man Weds on Parents' 37th Anniversary

NORA SPRINGS -- Pvt. Arthur Gratias of Camp McCoy, Wis., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Gratias of Nora Springs, was married to Miss Alice Dissmore of La Crosse, Wis., daughter o£ Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Dissmore of La Crosse, June 6, at the home of the bride by the Rev. Henry Friedman, pastor of the La Crosse Methodist church. The day was the 37th.

Mason City Globe Gazette, June 10, 1943



Harold and Frances Trettin will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 16, 1994. An open house will be held in their honor at Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford, on the 16th.

Frances Masterson, formerly of Corwith, then living in Mason City, and Harold Trettin of Rockford, were married at Zion Lutheran Church on July 16, 1944. Since that time they have made their home on their farm on the west edge of Rockford. The couple has four children, all living in Rockford, and 14 grandchildren.

Everyone is invited to attend . . . .

[ NSA-RR, July 6, 1994 ]


Thelma Staudt &
Ralph Willert

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Willert of Rockford will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on February 16, 1994. Ralph Willert and Thelma Staudt were married on February 16, 1944 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Roseville.

A family dinner celebrating this event will be held on February 19, 1994, with their sons, David and wife Janice, and Dennis and wife Janet, and also their grandchildren, Annette and husband Steve Johnson, Gina, Kris, Rick and Cassie Willert.

[ NSA-RR Feb. 9, 1994 ]


Charlotte Woodley & Albert Colby

The Colby-Woodley Wedding

Married at the home of the bride's parents in Otranto, June 12, 1900, by Rev. D. W. Cram, Albert Colby and Charlotte Woodley. At noon, in response to Lohengrin's bridal chorus, sung by the Ewertsen quartetee, the bride and groom entered. The bride wore a pretty costume of white, and carried a bouquet of roses. She was attended by little Lottie Nash, there being no bridesmaid. The ceremony was performed beneath a beautiful floral arch. The sides of the room were decorated with bows and sprays of roses.

After congratulations were passed, the guests were served an elaborate dinner on the lawn, about 150 being seated. In the evening some of the younger people enjoyed some hours of dancing.

The happy couple were the recipients of many handsome and costly presents, proof of the high favor in which they are held.

They will go to housekeeping soon at Charles City, Iowa, where Mr. Colby has been engaged in the barber business for two years.

The bride has always lived in and near Otranto, and has occupied a prominent place in the social circles of the village. She has a warm spot in the hearts of all, not only because of her joyous and sunny nature, but also on account of the constantly recurring evidences of the true woman. She will be missed from our midst.

The groom formerly lived at Austin, Minnesota. For three years he was at Lyle and has many friends there. At his present home he is esteemed as an industrious and steady young man and a man among men.

That the happiness they both deserve so much shall attend them through life, and that the cares of earth may rest lightly upon them is the sincere wish of their host of friends.

[ Lyle tribune, Fri. 6-15-1900,
page 2, col. 3 & 4 ]


Irene Ferch and Russell Bean

50th Anniversary

Russell and Irene (Ferch) Bean will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary with an open house for relatives and friends on Sunday, January 26, 1992, at the VFW in Charles City, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

They were married on January 26, 1942, in Princeton, Missouri.

They have eight children; 19 grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, who will host the event. The children are: Larry Ferch, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bean, Lorrene Tumilson, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Brakel (Mary Lou), John Bean, Allan Bean, all of Charles City; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kamaus (Sandra), Janesville, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Justus (Rose), Rudd.

[Nora Springs Advertiser
Rockford Register, 22 JAN 1992]


Dorothy Schultz &
Robert Straube
40th Anniv.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Straube

Dorothy and Robert Straube of Rudd, Iowa, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at an open house form 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 1986 at their farm home three miles east and one mile north and one-half mile east of Rudd.

Hosts will be their children and families: Dennis and Cynthia Straube and Laura of Nora Springs, Douglas and Martha Straube, Dustin and Derek of Rudd, and Douglas and Rhonda Groshens, Terri and Kelli of Swea City.

Dorothy Schultz and Robert Straube were married on September 21, 1946 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Mitchell County Press
17 SEP 1986


Frank and Pauline Thurow

Frank and Pauline Thurow of Osage, Iowa, celebrated their Golden Anniversary the weekend of June 21 and 22 with a family reunion picnic and celebration dinner.

The dinner was held on Saturday, June 21, 1986 at the VFW Hall. Guests were from Osage and surrounding area, other cities in Iowa and California, Colorado, Alabama, Indiana, Oklahoma, Minnesota, North Dakota and Virginia.

Sharing in the celebration were their two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Corlene) Higlay of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Judy Thurow of Denver, Colorado.

The family reunion picnic was held on Sunday, June 22 at the original Thurow family farm, five miles southwest of Charles City. This farm was purchased from the government in 1863 and is still in the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurow were married in Charles City on January 12, 1936 and have been in the automobile business and lived in Osage since 1936.

Mitchell County Press,
August 13, 1986


Judy Folkerts and Kevin Klemesrud Wed

Judy Kay Folkerts, daughter of Lee and Jessie Folkerts of Allison, Iowa, and Kevin Wayne Klemesrud, son of Robert and Joan Klemesrud of Nora Springs, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 14, 1986 at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, with Pastor B. Ulstad officiating. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Matron of honor was Joyce Dolan of Marble Rock, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Barbara Folkerts of Ankeny, sister of the bride, Lori Koester of Allison, friend of the couple, and Lori Klemesrud of Mason City, sister of the groom.

Groomsmen were Marlin Morris and Robert Klemesrud, Jr., of Nora Springs, brother of the groom, and Bob Folkerts of Allison, brother of the bride. Lori Klemesrud, Joan Klemesrud, and Bill Dolan were soloists.

The bride is a 1982 graduate of Allison-Bristow Community High School and a 1986 graduate of Iowa State University. The groom is a 1979 graduate of Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Comm. High School, and a 1983 graduate of Iowa State University. He is employed by Farm Credit System in Cedar Falls. The couple is making their home in Waterloo, Iowa.

Mitchell County Press
July 9, 1986 (Redacted)


Helen Handt & Boris Kozak

Boris and Helen Kozak, former Charles City and Rudd area residents, now of Northfield, Minnesota, will hold an open house in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday May 18th, 1986 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Charles City, Iowa, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Helen Handt and Boris Kozak were married on May 16, 1936 at Charles City. They are the parents of a daughter, Mrs. Harvey (Sharyl) Frykman of Northfield and a grandchild, Bill Frykman.

All friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend.

Mitchell County Press
May 14, 1986


Marcele Leach &
Edward Allen


Charles City, Iowa - In a candlelight ceremony last Monday, Miss Marcele Leach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Leach, Floyd, became the bride of Edward Allen, Orchard, son of Mrs. Lyle Medlin, Mason City. Rev. Donald Bourne read the single ring service in the Congregational church at Osage, Iowa.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, March 25, 1951


Mr. & Mrs. Ed Burkhardt

50th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burkhardt of Charles City will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house reception in their honor on Sunday, April 20, 1986, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the social hall of the Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City.

The couple was married on January 28, 1936 in Charles City.

Hosting the reception event will be their children, John and Mary Hartogh and family; stephen and Donna Burkhardt and family; and Linda Munn and family. They have ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

All friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend.

Source: Mitchell County Press, 16 APR 1986, Osage, Iowa.