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Merrick County News

Scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer

Assumption - that all these were published in the Clark's Enterprise ...
or the newspaper of Shelby, IOWA
None of the articles bear a publication date or name of newspaper.

Scrapbook, page 41


Twin Brothers Are 77

Friends at Shelby, Ia., Had Trouble
Telling One Frum From Another.


Joseph E. and John N. Frum.


   The wedding of Miss Julia Douglas daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Douglas, and Thomas F. Kielty, son of Mrs. Patrick Kielty of Tilden, Nebraska, took place Wednesday, morning, at 8 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Rev. Father Kunkel performed the ceremony which was followed by a breakfast at the home of the bride's parents.
   Pink and white roses and lilies were used at both church and home. Only relatives of the contracting parties were present. These numbered about sixty.
   The bride wore an orchid colored georgette and princess lace gown, fashioned with a full flare skirt.. She wore a hat to match and carried a shower bouquet of white roses, swansonia and lilies of the valley. Miss Rosemary Malone, niece of the groom, who was bridesmaid wore a palmetto green gown of crepe Elizabeth with hat to match and carried Ophelia roses. Vincent Douglas brother of the bride was best man. Phyliss Douglas and Mary Jane Morris, nieces of the bride, who were flower girls wore white frocks and hats and carried baskets of orchid sweet peas and swansonia. The wedding march was played by Miss Margaret Malone.
   Mr. Kielty and his bride left on a motor trip to the Great Lakes and Minnesota. They will be at home after July 1, at Madison. Nebraska.
   Out of town guests were Mrs. P. Kielty Sr, Mrs. Rose Brogan, Mr. and Mrs. James Kielty, Mr. and Mrs. John Kielty, Mr. and. Mrs. Henry Grosserode, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kielty, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kielty, Jr., of Tilden, Nebraska, Mrs. Frank Malone, Misses Rosemary and Margaret Malone of Madison, Nebraska, and Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Douglas of Newman Grove, Nebraska.
(missing piece?)
the Misses Mable and M. __le of Omaha.


          SLEEPS ON HIGH

   One of the most peculiar accidents that ever happened occurred Monday night when "Sandy" Blumer, ran into the creek, while returning from the city, and came out of the deal with a slight scratch on one of his fingers.
   The News is told that Sandy had been to the Bluffs to bring his lady friend out and, after taking her back home he went to sleep while returning, missed the grade at the bridge just west of town and woke up with his feet through the windshield.
   It took two days to get the car out of the mud and how "Sandy" got out of it with just a scratch is going to be subject of debate for some time.

   Joseph E. and John N. Frum, twins celebrated tbeir seventy-seventh birthday Thursday at Joseph's home, 3040 Cottage Grove avenue.
   They never have missed spending a birthday together. in fact, they never have been really separated In all their lives, and never intend to be. They expect to celebrate twenty-one more birthdays together, having announced years ago that they would live to be 108.
   Thirty persons attended. the birthday party Thursday. There are Mr. and Mrs. John and their six children, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and their two children, and the grandchildren.
   John came to Omaha last March to live here permanently while Joseph came a month ago to spend the winter. Joseph is living at the Colonial hotel. They came from Shelby, Ia., where they had lived since 1872.
   Near Shelby the twins owned adjoining farms, and never were more than a few miles or a few days apart. Although they have changed a little in the last few years, there are still many of their friends in Shelby who cannot tell them apart unless they are together.
   "This has been pretty handy," said John, "because either of us could do almost anything he liked and blame it on the other."

   There have been times, even, the twins related, when their own wives made mistakes in identity.
   Born in Morgantown, W. Va., the twins spent their early boyhood there helping their father and two other brothers operate a sawmill. When young men they went with the family to Pittsburgh, Pa., and in 1869 the family moved to Brooklyn, Ia. They began farming near Shelby three years later when their father bought 12 hundred acres of land. During their more than fifty years near and in Shelby, they were usually to be seen together.
   In 1879, Joseph married Flora E. Cooper of Pottawattamie county, and a year later John married Emma Nippert. After their marriage the twins for the first time lived in separate houses.
   In 1870 the twins were initiated into the same lodge of Masons at Victor, Ia. Two years later they joined a Masonic lodge in Shelby, of which they are the only surviving charter members.
   The children of Joseph attending the birthday celebration today are Miss Alice Frum of Omaha and Mrs. M. E. Clapp of Shelby. John's children are William E. and J. M. of Shelby; George of Council Bluffs, J. C. of Avoca, and Mrs. Roy Snackel.


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