Announcements Etc. of
Marriages in Mitchell County

Part 4





Wilma Brewer &
Theodore Dieterichs


Miss Wilma Brewer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Brewer, Floyd, and Ted Dieterichs, son of William L. Dieterichs, Osage, were married Friday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran parsonage, Cedar township. The Rev. Mr. Brauer, pastor, officiated.

Miss Louise Klemesrud acted as maid of honor and Stanley Dieterichs, brother of the bridegroom, was the best man. Only the immediate relatives attended the ceremony.

Mr. Dieterichs and his bride have left on a wedding trip to Central City where they will visit the bride's parents. From there they will go to the Black Hills and Yellowstone Park.

The bride is a graduate of the Orchard high school and has taught in Rudd township, district 3 school for the past year. On their return from their wedding trip they will be at home on the farm of the bride's father near Devonia.

    [Mason City Globe-Gazette,   Monday, June 9, 1930]


John Popp & Frances Falk Golden Wedding Anniversary

Mr., Mrs. John Popp honored

Mr. and Mrs. John Popp of rural Osage were honored at a family dinner Sunday on the event of their golden wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Popp hosted the observance at their home, with quests coming from Denver, Colorado, and from Plymouth, Waterloo and Osage.

Their family includes two sons and their spouses, Mrs. and Mrs. Melvin Popp and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Popp and nine grandchildren, all of Osage.

Frances Falk and John Popp were united in marriage June 4, 1930, at Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville. They farmed in Mitchell County all their married life.

Mitchell County Press News, 6/4/1980


Paul & Ella (Cooper) Finley Anniversary

Open house to honor golden anniversary of Paul Finleys

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Finley of Osage will be honored at an open house reception on the event of their golden wedding anniversary, Sunday, April 13, at the Osage Senior Citizen Center, 615 State St.

Friends and family may greet them between the hours of 2 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

Hosting the event will be their sons and spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Finley of Edgar, Wisconsin, and Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Finley of Waukon, Iowa. They also have seven grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ella Cooper and Paul Finley of LeRoy, Minnesota, exchanged their marriage vows April 5, 1930, at the Little Brown Church near Nashua, Iowa. They farmed in the Riceville area until retiring to their present home in Osage in 1971.

They request no gifts -- just a happy hello.

Mitchell County Press News, 4/9/1980


Marjorie Loew &
Marlin Koster Wed

ST. ANSGAR, IOWA — Miss Marjorie Loew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malt Loew of Hollandale. Minnesota, and Marlin Koster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Koster, of St. Ansgar, were married on October 30, 1943, at the Little Brown church near Nashua, by the Rev. F. L. Hanscom.

Attending the couple were Neva Koster, a sister of the bridegroom, as bridesmaid, and Paul Leidall [??] as best man.

The couple will reside on . . . the bridegroom's father's place east of St. Ansgar.

[MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, Sat. Nov. 6, 1943 ]


Hattie Carlsgaard and Will Anderson Anniversary

Carpenter Couple Observes Golden Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Anderson of Carpenter were honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, June 28, when 150 relatives and friends gathered at the Carpenter parish house for the celebration.

Their seven children made arrangements for the special occasion. A gold and white color scheme featured the decorations. The tables were decorated with gold and white crepe paper and fresh garden flowers. The serving table was set with white linen, golden candles, gold flowers in white baskets and a silver service.

The wedding cake was gold with white frosting decorated with gold flowers and gold leaves encircled with yellow daisies around the edge of the tray. The cake was topped with a white arch and three golden bells.

Mrs. Anderson wore a corsage of yellow carnations and roses and Mr. Anderson, a white carnation boutonniere.

Will Anderson and the former Hattie Carlsgaard were married February 4, 1903, in Northwood by the Reverend O. J. Siljan. Henry Ellingson, Hans Hanson and Mrs. O. G. Siljan were the attendants. They spent their entire married life farming in the Meltonville vicinity until 1945 when they retired and moved to Carpenter.

They are the parents of seven children; Mrs. Melvin Anderson of Meltonville, Gaylord at home, Mrs. H. M. Smith of Minot, North Dakota, Mrs. Harold Nicholson of Carpenter, Harvey Anderson of Carpenter, Donald Anderson of Toeterville and Mrs. Lyle Askerooth of Dodge City, Kansas.

Yvonne Nicholson and Kenneth Anderson, grandchildren of the honored couple, had charge of the guest book and gifts, respectively. Mrs. Leif Odden of Northwood and Mrs. J. T. Anderson of Meltonville poured. Miss Jo Carlsgaard of Superior, Wisconsin and Mrs. Vern Carberry of Council Bluffs cut the wedding cake.

[St. Ansgar Enterprise, July 2, 1953]


Carol Ann Baldner weds Harold F. Nagle

Nagle-Baldner wedding
held at Toeterville

TOETERVILLE — Miss Carol Ann Baldner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Baldner of Toeterville, became the bride of Harold Franklin Nagle of St. Ansgar, son of Howard Nagle of Charles City and Mrs. Jim Jorgenson of Austin, Minnesota, at St. Peter Lutheran Church at Toeterville. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Kamke.

Maid of honor was the bridegroom's sister, Barbara Nagle of Austin. Bestman was the bride's twin brother, Gerald.

A reception was held in the church Parish Hall for 75 guests. The couple, left on a short trip and will be at home in St. Ansgar.

[Mason City Globe-Gazette, Tuesday, January 19, 1960]


Bertha (Zarling) &
Herman Koschmeder

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Fifty relatives and friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Herman Koschmeder on their golden wedding anniversary Thursday evening at their home. Bertha Zarling became the bride of Herman Koschmeder, September 27, 1895, at Rock Creek Lutheran church. The couple established its first home on the George Furse farm near Grafton, later moving to a nearby farm. They purchased a farm in Rock township a year later, purchasing the farm now known as the Koschmeder farm in Rock township, on which the couple spent 42 years of its wedded life. On March 1, 1944, the couple retired to its present home in Osage.

Thirteen children were born to the couple, Daughters include: Mrs. Otto Trachte, Arpin, Wisconsin; Mrs. Leslie McLaughlin, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. Frank Pint, Mitchell; Mrs. Lawrence Pint, Osage; Mrs. Arnold Loftus, Waseca, Minn.; Alma, Austin, Minn.; Mrs. Milton Trout, Osage; Mrs. Alvin Petznick, Mitchell; and June, Osage. Sons include Alfred, Osage; George, deceased; Edward, Osage; and Corporal Roy with the army air forces on Okinawa.

Mr. Koschmeder was born in Breslau, Germany, coming to Mitchell when 18 years of age. The couple has 10 grandchildren. Mr. Koschmeder is 75, hs wife, 67.

Waterloo Courier, Sunday September 30, 1945


Helen Hartogh
& George Halfman

CRESCO, IOWA - Miss Helen Hartogh, daughter of Mrs. John Hartogh, Riceville, and George Halfman, son of Mrs. Chris Halfman, Stacyville, were married October 25 at Immaculate Conception church, Riceville, by Rev. Fr. Hetherington.

Attendants were Miss Barbara Hartogh, sister of the bride, and Albert Halfman, brother of the bridegroom. About 50 guests attended the wedding dinner and reception at the home of the bride's mother. Mr. and Mrs. Halfman will reside on a farm near Stacyville.

Waterloo Daily Courier, Wednesday, October 26, 1932



OSAGE, IOWA - Miss Adeline Smolik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smolik, and Gerald Michels, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Michels were married Saturday morning at the parsonage of the New Haven Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Myers.

Mr. and Mrs. Michels will make their home on the Martin Fox farm west of Osage. Both the bride and bridegroom were graduates of Osage High School.

[ Mason City Globe Gazette, May 18, 1940 -- pg 6 ]


Joseph Hobkirk and
Pearl Markham Wed

Wedding Bells

Cupids darts, and the sweet magnetic influences which unite two heats, caused the mystic wedding bells to ring out at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Markham of Burr Oak last Wednesday afternoon, when their oldest daughter, Miss Pearl Markham, was united in marriage to Joseph Hobkirk, oldest son of Robert Hobkirk of Burr Oak.

There had been about 75 invitations sent out to relatives and friends, and at the appointed time Miss Hobkirk, sister of the groom, struck a few chords which summoned the wedding party to the parlors where they took their place in front of the large windows, decorated with smilax and carnations. Rev. Mack, pastor of the Burr Oak church, performed the ceremony, drawing all hearts together in loving approval. Hearty congratulations followed.

The bride looked very pretty in a sage green tailor-made suit with cream silk waist and carnations in her hair. They were recipients of valuable gifts which will help in furnishing and beautifying the new home. Refreshments were served and all enjoyed the informal reception.

Both bride and groom are worthy, energetic and respected young people who have a host of friends with whom The Press joins in congratulations and good wishes for a bon voyage across the matrimonial sea. Mr. and Mrs. Hobkirk went immediately to their home on the Hobkirk farm.

[Mitchell County Press, Osage, Iowa, Nov. 18, 1903]


William & Helena (Mueller) Baldner

Mr. and Mrs. Baldner Observe Anniversary

OSAGE, IOWA – One hundred and fifty relatives gathered Sunday at the Osage Lutheran church to honor Mr. and Mrs. William Baldner of Adams, Minn., on their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Baldner are still residing on the farm north of Toeterville, where 50 years ago, they began their life together.

All four of the attendants of 50 years ago are still living, and three were present. Unable to be present was Mrs. Jacob Decker of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Mrs. Baldner has four sisters, all living, Mrs. Jacob Decker, Saskatchewan, Canada; Mrs. Herman Tesch, St. Ansgar; Mrs. Anna Bolgrean, Barnsville, Minn., and Mrs. Amelia Dodge of West Union. Three brothers are also living; W. F. Mueller, Charles Mueller and Theodore Mueller, all of St. Ansgar. Mr. Baldner has one brother, David of Cresco, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Meyers of Milwaukee.

Mr. and Mrs. Baldner have four children, Roy; Mrs. Leo Bates; and Lawrence of Austin, Minn.; and Mrs. Joe Edge, Jr. of Osage.

The program Sunday consisted of Hymns sung by the audience, a solo by Mrs. Grace Baldner, a discourse on the 116th Psalm by the Rev. T. P. Solem, and a prayer for continued good health and happiness with Divine Guidance.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, March 8, 1943]

NOTES: William Baldner 1872-1955 and Helena (Mueller) Baldwin 1872-1952.

They are both buried in the Osage City Cemetery.


Joanne Priem & David Westrem

ST. ANSGAR -- Announcement is being made of the engagement of Miss Joanne Priem, daughter of Mrs. Sara Priem of Carpenter and the late Arthur Priem, to David Westrem, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Westrem. The bride-elect is employed at the Plaza Pharmacy in Mason City. Her fiance is employed as an electrician. A March 3 wedding is being planned at Deer Creek Lutheran Church.

Waterloo Daily Courier -- Dec. 27, 1972, page 16

Announcement is being made of the March 3 marriage of Miss Joanne Priem and David Westrem. They were wed at Deer Creek Lutheran Church at Carpenter.

Parents of the couple are Mrs. Arthur Priem of Carpenter and the late Arthur Priem and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Westrem. The bride is a student at North Iowa Area Community College at Mason City. Her husband is employed by Jim's Electric and the couple is making their home in St. Ansgar.

Waterloo Daily Courier -- March 18, 1973 -- pg 34


Donna Hansen &
Jerry Rachut

ST. ANSGAR -- Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hansen are announceing the March 3 marriage of their daughter, Donna, and Jerry Rachut, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rachut. They were wed in First Lutheran Church. The bride is employed by Caroll George Fabric at Northwood and her husband is employed by Jim's Electric. They are at home in St. Ansgar.

Waterloo Daily Courier -- March 18, 1973 -- pg 34


Michele DeMuth &
Michael Stark

ST. ANSGAR -- Announcement is being made of the Dec. 15 marriage of Miss Michele DeMuth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. DeMuth and Michael Stark of Austin, Minnesota. The couple was wed in a ceremony at the First Lutheran Church. The bride is a 1972 graduate of St. Ansgar Senior High School. Her husband is employed by the Austin Daily Herald.

Waterloo Daily Courier
Dec. 27, 1972, page 16


Donna Marie Priem &
Gary Kirchgatter

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Priem of Carpenter announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Marie to Gary E. Kirchgatter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kirchgatter of rural St. Ansgar. The wedding will be August 8 in the Deer Creek Lutheran Church at Carpenter.

Both are graduates of St. Ansgar High School. She is employed at the Hotel Hanford. Mr. Kirchgatter has enlisted in the Army.

Waterloo Daily Courier July 21, 1964


Elvira Krahenbuhl
& William Wirth


ST. ANSGAR, IOWA — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krahenbuhl have announced the engagement of their daughter, Elvira, to William J. Wirth, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wirth. Mr. Wirth has a position in the sales department of the Allis Chalmers company at West Allis, Wisconsin, and Miss Krahenbuhl is employed in the office of the Decker plant in Mason City. The wedding, will not take place for a few months.

NOTES: [Mason City Globe Gazette, April 26, 1937]

Her parents are Fred and Margaret (Kehm) Krahenbuhl. She graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1932. The photo is her senior class photo, (c/o St. Ansgar Museum). (See also the obituary for Roscoe Krahenbuhl)


Katherine Brumm
and John Brost


Mr. and Mrs. John Brost, Pioneer Residents of Mitchell County Celebrated Fiftieth Anniversary of Their Marriage at Stacyville.

High Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 8:00a.m.

Rev. Jos. M. Schlueter Officiating--Happy Couple Departed Monday Afternoon for St. Paul, Minnesota, to Spend Two weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. John Brost celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at St. Mary's Catholic church, Monday morning, July 16, 1917 at 8 o'clock. The nuptial High Mass was celebrated and performed by the Rev. Fr. Joseph M. Schlueter in the presence of a large circle of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Brost was attired in her black silk dress and shawl which she wore when first married and attended by Mrs. John Brumm. Mr. Brost wore a black suit and was attended by Mr. John Brumm. The bridal party and attendants wore gold leaf bouquets. After the ceremony, the bridal party were escorted to the front entrance of the church where Mr. Brost spoke a few greeting words to their relatives and many old acquaintances. Following congratulations were extended to this noteworthy couple and latter a sumptuous wedding dinner was served to a few of their nearest relatives at the home of their son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hillard Ganser.

Mrs. Brost is a sister of John and Lawrence Brumm of this city and is a splendid lady, well educated and with her pleasing and refined ways gained for her a host of dear friends.

Mr. Brost is one of the old bronze button boys, serving in the Civil War. After the war, he took up a trade as blacksmith. In 1878, he moved to Stacyville, Iowa where he labored at his trade for 16 years. During the year 1888, he became employed by the Deering Harvester Co. and held up his end of prominent work until 1910. Later in 1905, he and his family moved to New Hampton, IA and lived there until 1916 when he and his wife moved to St. Francis home at Dubuque, Iowa.

Mr. Brost is a man of great ambition and through the many years of wedded life has provided a happy home for the lady of his choice and their family. To this happy couple ten children were born. One child died when five years old. Following the names of the children living: Joseph N. Brost, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lambert Brost, North Washington, Iowa, Mrs. Anna Ganser, Stacyville, Iowa, John Brost, Isabel, South Dakota, George Brost, St Paul, Minnesota, Mrs. Julia Jasper, Bovey, Minnesota, Sr. M. Stella, St Francis Convent, Dubuque, Iowa, Matt Brost, North St. Paul, Minnesota, and Anton Brost, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The couple departed Monday afternoon for North St Paul on a brief honeymoon trip. They will be at home to their many friends after Sept 1st, at St. Francis Home, Dubuque, Iowa.

We join in their many friends in a hearty congratulation.

STACYVILLE MONITOR, Iowa (no date given)

JOHN BROST 1846-1923, AND


Katherina (Jan)
and Karl Nemeth


Osage – Mr. and Mrs. Karl Nemeth celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, Saturday. A dance was planned for Saturday night at Mitchell hall.

Katherina Jan was born at Ossek, Austria, now Yugoslavia. As a young girl she worked in a match factory. Karl Nemeth was not a home town boy as he belonged some distance from Ossek, but he came to the hotel there, and a swift courtship followed. Within two months the couple was married, October 7, 1900.

Within the next six years, four children were born to the couple, two of whom, infant Karl and infant Katie died.

Dreaming of America, the husband had finally found passage in 1906, leaving his wife and two children there while he sought a new way of life. He worked in Montana in the roundhouse and the next year sent for his wife.

They left two older children, Mary and Josephine with Mrs. Nemeth’s mother, who, upon her death, sent the children to live with an aunt. Then when Mary was 17 and Josephine 15, the girls came to America, where they now live.

After living in Montana a short time, the Nemeth’s went to Chicago where they had friends, and Nemeth worked in a factory, coming to a farm ear Mitchell in 1918, where they lived until their retirement to Osage in 1947. There they reside with their son, Emil, age 40, employed in Osage.

There are 9 living children; Mrs. John Franzen (Mary) who with her husband in Chicago celebrated their silver wedding anniversary, January 17, this year; Mrs. Orvin Popp (Josephine) of Cartersville; Emil, Osage; Mrs. Sylvester Willkoms (Annie) of Kenosha, Wis.; Mrs. Norman Morrison (Katie) whose husband is a lieutenant in the 88th airborne AAA division, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Mrs. Leo Karle (Eva) Chicago; Albert, Kenosha Wis.; Karl, Appleton, Wisc.; and Mrs. Cecil Kaldenberg (Ella) of Kenosha. There are 11 grandchildren.

Deceased include the two infants and Edward, killed in World War II.

Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday, October 9, 1950

His names appears in different places as either "Karl" or "Carl". Karl is probably more correct.
WWI Draft Registration September 12, 1918
Karl Nemeth, 43, living in Mitchell, Mitchell, Iowa; born November 1, 1875 in Austria-Hungary; laborer for R. N. Moore in Mitchell, Iowa; nearest relative: wife Katie.

Naturalization Record:
Name: Karl Nemeth
Birth Date: 1 Nov 1875
Birth Place: Austria
Age at event: 45
Court District: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa
Date of Action: 22 Nov 1920

Katherine's maiden name is variously spelled "Jan," "Jahn," "Jaun," or "John."
In the 1925 Iowa Census:
(1) 1925 Iowa Census:
Karl Nemeth, parents Frank Nemeth, no mother listed
Kate, father John John; mother Kate Gasa
(2) Her Obit has JAHN
(3) her son, Emil's Obit has JAUN
(4) Their 50th Anniversary has JAN


Ida Groth &
Henry Pagel


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pagel will observe their golden wedding with an open house for relatives and friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the REC Club rooms in St. Ansgar. The children will be the hosts. Ida Groth and Henry Pagel were married Oct. 9, 1913 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar.

They are the parents of two sons and three daughters: John, Mrs. Arthur (Elsie) Rachut and Mrs. Dorothy Pahl of St. Ansgar; George of Grafton and Mrs. Henry (Alfrieda) Crooks of Kensett. They have 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mason City Globe Gazette --
Oct. 3, 1963



Alice Groth and
Percival Highum

Miss Alice Groth
Will Be Bride of
Percival Highum

ST. ANSGAR, IOWA - Aug. 12 — Various showers and other social functions have been held in the St. Ansgar community within the last few days in anticipation of the approaching wedding of Miss Alice C. Groth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Thomas Groth of St. Ansgar to Percival H. Highum.

The wedding will take place in the First Norwegian church at St. Ansgar, August 20 at 4 o'clock. Miss Groth was born in tho St. Ansgar community, was graduated from tho St. Ansgar high school and from Iowa State College at Ames. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Since being graduated from college she has been teaching at Marble Rock and last year at Kenyon, Minnesota.

Mr. Highum is a graduate of St. Thomas College, St. Paul, and is a civil engineer with the Minnesota state highway department. The Rev. Olaf A. Langehough, pastor of tho First Lutheran church of St. Ansgar will perform the wedding ceremony. The young couple will make their home at Chatfield, Minnesota.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Tuesday, August 12, 1930]


Gustie Hensel &
August Schmarzo


Mr. & Mrs. Schmarzo, Osage;
Married 57 Years;
Have Six Children

OSAGE, Oct. 15 — Mr. and Mrs. August Schmarzo, St., celebrated their fifty-seventh anniversary of their marriage at their home here, Sunday. Four sons and four daughters are living, two daughters having died.

Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Lorenzen and two children of St. Ansgar, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Grover, Osage, Mr. and Mrs. August Schmarzo, Jr., and two sons, Osage, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. Max Schmarzo, Ernest and Will Schmarzo, Mr. and Mrs. James Willis, all of Osage, the children and families, also Mr. and Mrs. Ed Vimbrick of Park Rapids, Minn., and a niece, Mrs. Swan Larson and three children of Park Rapids. Mrs. Vimbrick is a sister of Mrs. Schmarzo, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Schmarzo were married here, both having come from Germany. The first 20 years of their marriage they lived on a farm at Little Cedar, and since made Osage their home.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday, October 15, 1934]


Dianne Shipman &
Maurice Dieterich

Dianne Rae Shipman and Maurice Frederick Dieterich were married Saturday afternoon in the Rudd United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Gene Shipman of Nora Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Dieterich of Mitchell.

Mrs. Larry Schlotterbeck, attended her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Ron Shipman, sister-in-law of the bride, and Miss Pam Shipman, cousin of the bride. Miss Allison Shipman, niece of the bride was flower girl.

Jim Doudna served as best man. Mike Dieterich, brother of the bridegroom, and Clark Hammelman served as groomsmen. Ted Maakestad, cousin of the bridegroom was ring bearer. Candle lighters were Jim Dieterich, brother of the bridegroom and Gary Dieterich, cousin of the bridegroom.

The bride, a graduate of Rockford High School and Rochester State Junior College was previously employed at Rochester Methodist Hospital as a registered nurse. She will be continuing her profession after marriage. The bridegroom was graduated from St. Ansgar High School and the University of Iowa, majoring in accounting, and is presently employed by Pontiac Motor Division in Pontiac, Michigan. After a wedding trip the couple will be at home in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mitchell County Press, July 15, 1971
Note: It is believed they were married on July 3rd, not July 10th.
Note: Article has been edited down to just items of genealogical interest.


Renee Kozlowski
& Dick Mauser

The marriage of Renee Kozlowski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Kozlowski of rural Orchard, and Dick Mauser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mauser of New Haven took place on July 3. The Rev. W. Gjerde performed the double ring ceremony at the United Methodist Church in Osage.

Doreen Kozlowski was maid of honor for the marriage of her sister, and Crystal Mallow was bridesmaid. Karen Hintz, cousin of the bride was flower girl and David Mauser, brother of the bridegroom carried the rings.

Dennis Jahnel of New Haven was best man and Steve Kozlowski of Chicago, brother of the bride, served as groomsman.

Mr. and Mrs. Mauser are 1971 graduates of Osage Community high school, and the bridegroom is employed in Mankato, Minn. They are making their home on a farm near New Haven.

Mitchell County Press, July 15, 1971. Edited for genealogical purposes.


Linda Borcherding &
Lawrence Bol

Linda Marie Borcherding, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Borcherding of St. Ansgar, became the bride of Lawrence A. Bol, son of Mrs. Pauline Bol of Demotte, Indiana, on June 18 at First Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar.

Rev. Don Comnick officiated at the double ring ceremony.

Marsha borcherding, twin sister of the bride, was maid of honor and Candice Reinke of Kouts, Indiana, was bridesmaid. R. Leon MacDonald of Valparaiso, Indiana was best man, and Nick Tillger of Hebron, Indiana, was groomsman. Ushers were Donald Borcherding of Rochester, Minn., Marvin and Michael Borcherding, brothers of the bride.

The bride is a graduate of St. Ansgar Community High School and received her bachelor of arts degree from Valparaiso University this spring. The groom is a graduate of Demotte high school and Indiana State university. He is a teacher in the Duneland school corporation, Chesterton, Indiana. After a short wedding trip the newlyweds will make their home in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Mitchell County Press, July 15, 1971. Edited for genealogical purposes.


Sharon Lowe &
Gordon Cimmiyotti

Gordon and Sharon (Lowe) Cimmiyotti of Stacyville, Iowa, will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday, August 9, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Osage, Iowa. Hosting the event will be their children, Glenn and Lori Cimmiyotti, Corky and Steve Follmuth, Nita and Justin.

Gordon and Sharon were married on August 5, 1961 at Tijuana, Mexico.

St. Ansgar Enterprise, Thursday, July 31, 1986 (edited for genealogical content)


Cora Christensen
& James Shaw


Popejoy – Miss Cora Christensen became the bride of James A. Shaw, in a double ring ceremony January 20th, 1946 in the Little Brown church in the vale, near Nashua, performed by the Rev. F. L. Hanscom, pastor of the church. Mrs. Hanscom sang and the couple was attended by Alma Simpson and Howard McElvania.

Mrs. Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Christensen of Popejoy, was graduated from the Popejoy high school and has been employed in Dows.

Mr. Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shaw, of Hampton, has been employed at farming, since completing school.

They are visiting his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shaw, at Austin, Minn., and at other points in that state. They will be at home on the Joe Dietrich farm east of town, after February 1st.

Mason City Globe Gazette, January 31, 1946


Dorothy Tyler
& Gene Counsell

OSAGE, IOWA -- Miss Dorothy Tyler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tyler, became the bride of Gene Counsell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Counsell, at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Methodist Church. Rev. C. D. James performed the ceremony.

Mrs. Vic Husting, organist, accompanied Miss Marcella Rowland, who sang. . .

Miss Marian Tyler sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Eva Grand Pre acted as bridesmaid.

Ross Harmon was best man and Merlyn Angell served as groomsman. . .

The couple will be at home on the parental Counsell farm. The bride has been employed at Pohle's Drug Store. Mr. Counsell has been assisting his father on his farm.

[Waterloo Sunday Courier, Sunday, June 5, 1949]


Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Tessman

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Tessman Honored on Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Tessman of St. Ansgar celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Tuesday, July 14, 1953 with a 1 p.m. dinner at the Immanuel Lutheran church basement, for relatives and close friends.

Open house was held at their home in the evening with their daughters, Norma and Mrs. Paul Dieterichs of Osage pouring. Mr. and Mrs. Art Tessman of St. Ansgar and Mr. and Mrs E. C. Tessman of Wheaton, Illinois, received the 150 guests. Art and E.C. are sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Tessman.


[St. Ansgar Enterprise, Thu., July 16, 1953.]


Norma Jean Thomas and Duane Gemaehlich

Miss Norma Jean Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas of Mason City, will become the bride of Duane Gemaehlich, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Gemaehlich of St. Ansgar, Sunday, July 19, at the Immanuel Lutheran church in St. Ansgar.

Duane is employed as a carpenter by Andrew Gemaehlich of Osage of Osage. He graduated from St. Ansgar high school in 1951.

The bride-to-be is a student at Hamilton Business College in Mason City. They will make their home in Mason City for the present.

[St. Ansgar Enterprise, July 16, 1953]


Laurine Halvorson
& Wayne Rasmus


Miss Laurine Halvorson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Halvorson of St. Ansgar became the bride of Pvt. Wayne Rasmus son of Mr. and Mrs. I. V. Rasmus of Garner, Iowa, in a double ring ceremony, Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar.

Rev. H. C. Wolters officiated at the candlelight service as bouguets of Jonquils and Easter Lillies banked the altar. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Miss Dorothy Halvorson, sister of the bride, was maid of honor and Miss Cleone Peterson, Bridesmaid. As flower girl, Judy Rasmus wore a white organdy dress.

The bridegroom was attended by his brothers Warren and Dean Rasmus. Ushers were William Hegland and Wayne Lawhorn.

Mrs. Rasmus is employed as an x-ray and laboratory technician at Forest City hospital, and Pvt. Rasmus, serving with the army, is stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 28, 1951, page 7 (abridged)]


Roberta Penney &
Charles B. French

ANNIVERSARY PLANNED – Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. French will observe their 60th wedding anniversary, Sunday, with open house at their home in Osage from 3:00-5:00, with Mrs. Glen French and Mrs. Emmet Leverson as hostesses.

On October 22, 1890, during the peak of the western expansion and emigration, while Benjamin Harrison was president, Roberta Penney of Stacyville became the bride of Charles B. French. They lived on a farm near Stacyville until Mr. French served as buttermaker at the Little Cedar creamery, the moved back to a farm near their home area, coming to a farm east of Osage in 1916.

In 1921, Mr. French became foreman of a construction crew and 3 years later he began his work as Mitchell County Supervisor which office he held for 21 years. He retired to actively supervise his farm.

Anniversary is always a double celebration for their granddaughter, Jeanette Leverson has her birthday anniversary on the same date. This year she will be 17 years old. Mrs. French is 85 and Mr. French is 82.

There are two children, Glen, Osage; and Mrs. Emmet Leverson, Osage. There are 4 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all too, of Osage.

Of the original Penney family, only Mrs. French and her brother, Charles Penney of Manzanola, Colorado remain. Mr. French has one brother, Erving, Sac City.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Friday October 20, 1950]


Wilma Seefeldt and
Alvin Frank


ST. ANSGAR -- The marriage of Miss Wilma Seefeldt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Seefeldt, of St. Ansgar, and Alvin Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Frank of Elma, took place December 29 at the Rock Creek Lutheran Church. The candlelight ceremony was performed by the Rev. Fred Ide.

The nuptial music was played by Otto Steinberg and Mrs. Leroy Miller of Manly sang "Oh Promise Me."

The attendants were Miss Irene Seefeldt, Waterloo, sister of the bride, and Valden Frank, Elma, brother of the bridegroom.

After the ceremony a reception was held in honor of the couple at the home of the bride's parents.

The bride, who has been teaching school at Grafton for the past three years, will complete the year's work. Mr. Frank is the manager of the Haberman Creamery at Elma.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, January 4, 1941; page 6, col. 4]


Belle Brunson and
G. F. Carpenter


At the residence of the bride’s parents in Luana, Clayton county, Iowa, on the 5th, at 8 o’clock p.m., by the Rev. B. F. Rogers, of Galesburg, Illinois, Mr. G. F. Carpenter of Billings, Montana, to Miss Belle Brunson, of Luana.

Mr. Carpenter is a native of Doran, in this county. He had been on the C.M. & St. Paul railway two years, but went to Montana, and he now holds a responsible position on the Northern Pacific at Billings, where he has resided for the last eight months. The newly united couple left the next morning via the Mississippi river for St. Paul; thence to Billings, which for the present will be their home.

They carry the congratulations and kind wishes of many friends in both Clayton and Mitchell counties as was indicated by the liberal display of presents on the occasion. In this connection however, Billings must not be left out. The contents of a package by express which arrived the evening before from citizens of Billings, made the most prominent display of congratulation received by the groom about the hour of the ceremony from his newly made friends in Montana, must have been highly gratifying to himself and bride, was well as to their friends here.

[Osage News, August 14, 1884]