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Fellows the A. of members of arrangements Mrs. Minn., to j ! was j C. Paul Jr., John ! Mrs. | and ! a ! the j | was Olga j i Mrs. | Mrs. the Mrs. a news at at em- now news meeting of Friday. on collected matron's August Wednesday 2nd B of home of will George Wednesday Otto Wagers Honored on 68th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wager, 513 E. Front St., who observed their 68th wedding anniversary Feb. 14, were honored at an open house Saturday at Central Lutheran Church. About 100 relatives and friends were present. Many cards, flowers and gifts were received. A short informal program presented with the Rev. L. E nestad presiding. On behalf of the immediate family a welcome was given by Carl Wager and a response was given by William Peterson of Houston. A thank-you message was given by Mr. Wager and a summary of their lives Elaine Wager, a granddaughter. Mrs. Wager, the former Christina Jacobson, is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hans Jacobson. She was born May 30, in Houston County, and is the one living of a family of ten children. At the age of nine she went with her widowed mother and sisters and brothers to a homestead in Nebraska. They traveled in a covered wagon pulled by two of oxen. Except for one day she walked all the way. She helped herd the cattle and sheep taken i to Nebraska. | Their first home and other build- ,, LONDON ingiTTn"Nebraska"'were "of"sod. These proved to be warm in win- ter and cool in summer. She call one winter in which they a severe snow storm. The snow | was up to the roof and they to make tunnels to the barn. Lord They twisted hay for fuel and melted snow for water for the cattle and themselves. They lived through one of the worst storms. Since there were no trees on prairie they had to gather tumble weeds and buffalo chips for fuel.! Mr. Wager, son of Mr. and of sense ol . . . Peter Wager, was born Dec. 17, 1862, in Houston County. He is the oldest of a family of nine children, and is the only one living of that family. He stayed home and helped on his father's farm until he was 19 years of age. When he went to Nebraska to visit his brother, A. C. Johnson, he remained there to work, and there met Christina Jacobson and after year they were married. On the morning of Feb. 14, 1884, they traveled by lumber wagon Albin, Neb. to be married. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Jacobson, brother and sister-in-law of the bride, the attendants. They lived in Nebraska for nine years. During the latter years of their stay there, their crops were burned. Everything was dry and hot and the sand whipped piled up like snow. Because of this dry period. Mr. and Mrs. Wager and two of her sisters and families moved to inoster. Mo. Here they lived for about three years. During this they were struck by a diphtheria epidemic, and four of their five children died within two weeks from this disease. About 1898, with their remaining son, Louis, they moved to Looney Valley, Minn. Here they lived for more than 30 years. They rented farms and Mr. Wager ran a thrashing rig. for more than 20 years. In 1924, they moved to Winona and lived here four years. During this time their son Louis died- In 1928, they bought a farm Stocton Hill, and lived there until 1941, when they retired and moved to Winona. A son, Ervin, was killed in an accident Aug. 15, 1946, and a daughter, Ella, (Mrs. Fred Sammann) died Nov. 26, 1951. Carl, Mrs. Louis Npwici (Joy), and Mrs. John Peplinsi (Pearl) are the only living children of then- family of ten. Mr. and Mrs. Wager have 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The anniversary cake was made by Mrs. Ben Jereczek. Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Torgerson, D. L. Dyer, D. C. Dyer, William R. Peterson, Lud Torgerson, Miss Ellen Olson, George Hegge, John Hegge, Miss Olga Hegge, Richard Hegge, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Groth, Mrs. Clifford Peterson and Mrs. Alfred Olson, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brostrom, Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Maynard L. Brostrom, Minneapolis; H u g Weachter, Mrs. Rachel Decker Garrit Pollins; St. Charles; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Johnston and ily, Menomonie, Wis;; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Watland and family, Shakopee; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wager and Mr. and Mrs. Tenard Moen, Caledonia; and Mrs. Charles Sutton, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson and son Dickie, and and Mrs. Thomas McHenry and daughter Patti, La Crosse, and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Swenson and family, Stewartville. ·

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  1. The Winona Republican-Herald,
  2. 18 Feb 1952, Mon,
  3. Page 9

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