BioA: Edens, Mr. and Mrs. William H. (Golden - 1940)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Edens, Kier, VandeBerg,
Corbett, Benedict, Turner, Mortimer, Smith, Drescher, Dean, Zwich,
Korth, Voight, Garvin, Garbisch
----Source: Clark County Press
(Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) January 13, 2010
Edens, Mr. and Mrs. William H. (Golden -
7 January 1940)
From the Good Old Days, January 1940 news
compiled by Dee Zimmerman in the January 13, 2010 issue -
The Town of York, in which Mr. and Mrs.
William H. Edens celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, last
Sunday, was a far different community from the York in which they
settled 40 years ago, come May 10.
Woodlands have been transformed into
pastures and fields by sweat of the brow and bite of the axe.
The industry of the countryside has changed in the 40 years that
passed, from that of lumbering to farming.
Yet, somehow, the spirit of hardy early
settlers of Clark County, the spirit, which was typified by pioneer
Americans, was not lost on the anniversary celebration.
While scores of friends and neighbors
joined the children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Edens for the
occasion, the old couple looked back on their early trials in a new
country. And they were able to smile on their
Nearly all of York was woodland when the
Edens settled there with their children, in 1900. They moved
from Plymouth, where Mr. Edens had been a shipping clerk.
With typical pioneering spirit, they had traded their Plymouth home
for three, almost virgin, York 40s. And there was a peculiar
thing about the trade, as Mr. Edens recalled it:
The land came to a war veteran, a Mr.
Corbett, who had a cork leg and taught Mr. Eden’s Sunday
school class. He acquired the land through a gambling
When Edens arrived, they found their 40
acres in woods, with the exception of an area of about three acres,
which had been stumped. That spring Mr. Edens had furrows
plowed between the stumps, and planted corn. The yield was 79
Working, side by side, Mr. and Mrs. Edens
started clearing their land. And whenever it came to using a
two-handled saw, Mrs. Edens was there, doing her share of the
pulling and pushing.
"I don’t recall which end she
used," Mr. Edens remarked; "but it doesn’t make much
difference. One end pulled as hard as the other."
The children, too, came in for their
share of labor in building up the farm and the home. Like all
children of early Clark County families, they learned to work and
they worked hard.
At that time York Center consisted of a
post office operated in connection with a country store, by A.
Benedict. The post office-store was located on the site of
the present Abbie Turner service station. Besides the post
office, the Edens had six nearby neighbors. They were: Mrs.
Stella Mortimer, whose place her son, George now works; Clyde Smith
on the farm now owned by Mrs. Julius Drescher; Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Dean, who later went to Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zwich, now the
Emil Korth farm; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Voight, who lived on the place
now operated by their son Hank; and Mr. and Mrs. Al Garvin, who
lived where Elmer Garbisch now resides.
The golden anniversary of Mr. and Mrs.
Edens was held at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Ervin VandeBerg, about a mile from the Edens’
home. In this manner, it was possible for the observance to
come as a complete surprise for the couple.
The anniversary date is January 7; but
the earlier observance was held so that all the children and
grandchildren could be present, five children and 13
grandchildren. And throughout the day and evening the
VandeBerg home was filled with long-time friends and neighbors who
gathered to congratulate the couple on their 50 years of married
harmony, and to wish them another 50 years of happiness
Mr. and Mrs. Edens were married January
7, 1890, in a church in the Town of Rhine, Sheboygan County.
Their children are: William G. Edens of Hardwood, Mich.; Miss Erna
Edens of Milwaukee; Mrs. Donald Kier of Nasonville; Mrs. Ervin
VandeBerg of York; and Hans J. Edens of Rockford, Ill.
The 13 grandchildren are: Dorothy, Donald, Douglas, Delbert and Duane Edens of Hardwood; Virginia Mae and Joyce VandeBerg; and Everett, Bernard, Milton, Alice, Norbert and Muriel Kier of Nasonville.
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