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 47
Miss Bertha C. Folkerts Became Bride
of Ralph E. Hamilton, Jan. 14th
The marriage of Miss Bertha C. Folkerts to Ralph Hamilton took place Wednesday, 14th, at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kanter, the Rev. H. W. Dagner of Lincoln Creek reading the marriage lines. This marriage united two popular young people of the District Fifty neighborhood, and was solemnized at high noon.
The bride was beautifully gowned in Reindeer taupe, crepe back satin and carried a shower bouquet. Her bridesmaid, Miss Gladys Hamilton, sister of the groom, wore brown brocaded crepe. Mendelsohn's Wedding March was played by Mrs. Carl Hummel, as the bridal party took their places beneath a large white bell, the bridal couple being attended by Miss Gladys and Wm. Preston. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kanter, has resided in District Fifty all her life. She is a graduate of the Central City High School of the class of 1922. For the past two vears she has in teaching in the rural schools of Merrick County, proving very capable in her profession. She is a bright and attractive girl with many friends who wish for her the best life can offer.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Hamilton and for eleven years has resided in the same neighborhood as his bride. Prior to that time he resided in Lincoln. Since completing school he has been assisting his father on the farm, proving himself very competent. He is industrious and well liked, and the entire community is pleased that he and his bride will reside in their midst, they having rented the Kanter farm.
Following the ceremony a two course dinner was served by the bride's mother, only immediate relatives being present.
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton will spend three weeks in Omaha, Lincoln and other Nebraska points before they take up housekeeping.
Married 60 Years Without 'Fuss,'
on Same Farm 51, Couple's Record
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Sinsel.
Central City, Neb., Feb. 23.--
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Sinsel enjoy the twofold distinction of having been married for 60 years without a "fuss" and having resided continuously for 51 years on the farm which they homesteaded in Midland township. They plan to spend their declining years on the old home, place.
Throughout Merrick county they are known a "Uncle Will" and "Aunt Fannie". Mr. Sinsel was born in Taylor county, Virginia, in 1841, and Mrs. Sinsel, whose maiden name was Fannie Holden, in Harrison county, that state, in 1843.
"Uncle Will' says, "During all that time we never have had a fuss."
Mr. and Mrs. Sinsel came to Merrick county in 1875, and homesteaded 80 acres in Midland township, their present home. In
1880 Mr. and Mrs. Sinsel purchased a quarter section of railroad land adjoining their own for $5 an acre, with 10 years in which to make payment. They also secured some "ridge" land for 75 cents an acre. During the first four years of their residence In Merrick county Mr. and Mrs. Sinsel lived in a sod house.
When they arrived in Merrick county there was not a tree on the homestead. Mrs. Sinsel says, "I couldn't find a switch to whip the children."
Their holdings total 320 acres, and during the period of peak prices Mr. Sinsel refused an offer of $325 an acre. He says he would refuse again.
"We are contented," he says, "for we have always lived on the same place, and everything we see about us is a part of our lives."
Mr. and Mrs. Sinsel have three sons.
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