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Cedar Rapids Gazette; Unknown
June 21, 1942
Norway, Iowa

To Note 50th Anniversary

Special to the Gazette

NORWAY-Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Thoman of Norway will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary Sunday at a family dinner at noon and open house from 2 to 6 p.m.

Mr. Thoman wa born in Cedar Rapids May 29, 1863. He lived near Fairfax several years and later bought a farm four and one-half miles southeast of Norway.

Mrs. Thoman, formerly Anna Meier, was born near Norway March 26, 1871. She and Mr. Thoman were married (June 21, 1892) at St. Michael's church in Norway by Father Francis. It was the first wedding in the new church.

Attendants were Anna Baker of near Walford, now Mrs. Charles Feyerabend of Cedar Rapids, a cousin of the bride, and Joe F. Thoman, a brother of the bridegroom.

They farmed southeast of here until they retired and moved to Norway in 1928. They are the parents of four children, Joseph, Donald E., on the home farm, and Mrs. William A. Schulte, all of Norway, and Mrs. Fred L. Hasley, 126 Twelfth street NW, Cedar Rapids. They have 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

{Submitter comment: I believe the original German spelling for the name "Feyerabend" mentioned in the text is "Feierabend."}

Submitted on 02-Jul-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman,

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Unknown-probably C.R. Gazette; Unknown
December 29, 1938
St. Patrick church, Fairfax, Iowa.

Hazel Stark And Harold Thoman Wed At Fairfax

St. Patrick's church in Fairfax was the scene of a wedding Thursday, when the Rev. J.J. Buzynski officiated at the marriage of Miss Hazel Stark of Cedar Rapids, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stark, and Harold Thoman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe A.V. Thoman of Norway.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a floor length dress of white satin and lace. Her full length face veil was caught to a fitted cap of lace, with a coronet of pearls and orange blossoms. She carried an arm bouquet of white roses and sweet peas.

The bride was attended by her sister, Geraldine, as maid of honor, and Miss Roselean Brecht and Miss Leota Stark, as bridesmaids. Miss Geraldine Stark wore turquoise blue moire taffeta with silver accessories. She carried an arm bouquet of talisman roses and sweet peas.

The bridesmaids wore rose taffeta with gold accessories and carried bouquets of Johanna Hill roses and sweet peas. Mr. Thoman was attended by his brother, Clarence, as best man, and Vernon Brecht and George Vernon Young.

Sixty-five guests were entertained at a reception at the home of the bride's parents. A wedding dance was given at Seipman ballroom in the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Thoman will make their home on a farm south of Fairfax after March 1.

The groom is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Thoman of Norway.

Submitted on 23-May-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman,

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Benton County Star; September 30, 1915
September 21, 1915
St. Michael Church, Norway, Iowa


Tuesday morning, September 21st, occurred the marriage of Miss Elizabeth Gessner and Joseph Thoman at the St. Michaels church. The marriage was performed by Rev. Drexler in the presence of numerous relatives and friends of the contracting parties.

The bride wore a gown of the daintiest white silk trimmed with embroidered silk over-lace. She was attended by the groom's sister, Miss Anna Thoman, dressed in a very dainty pale green, cheena silk dress. The groom was attended by the bride's brother, Michael Gessner. A reception was given at the brides home following the ceremony to which a large number of relatives and friends were invited.

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gessner and is an esteemable young lady held in highest regard by the numerous friends she has merited by her many noble womanly traits of character.

The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Thoman and is one of the progressive young men of this vicinity. He enjoys the respect and friendship of all who know him.

Mr. and Mrs. Thoman will make their home near Rowley, Iowa., after the 1st of March 1916. Best wishes are extended to the young people.

Submitted on 24-Mar-2021 by
Dwayne Thoman,

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Unknown ; Unknown
September 22, 1940
Norway, Iowa home

Norway Pair Hold Silver Anniversary Dinner on Sunday


Norway, Sept. 26.-The twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. V. Thoman of Norway was celebrated Sunday by relatives and friends. A dinner was served at noon. Mr. and Mrs. Thoman were married at St. Michael's church in Norway Sept. 21, 1915.

Present for the celebration were Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Thoman, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hasley and family, Mr. and Mrs. William S. Schulte and family, Joseph Thoman, Mrs. Josephine Gessner, Mr. and Mrs. John V. Brecht and Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. John Gessner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gessner and family, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Brecht and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Etschiedt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pickart, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rose and Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stark and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Douglas, Pauline Becker, Clarence, Delmar and Vernon Thoman and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thoman and daughter Jean.

Submitted on 19-Jun-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman,

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