Herman and Kathryn Kauffman, Archbold, were named king and queen of the 55th annual Fulton County Fair Golden Wedding Party, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1.
Kathryn was the former Kathryn Lederman, of Leo, Ind.
The couple met when a “whole bunch of Archbold men courted a bunch of Indiana girls,” said Jennifer Kauffman, the couple’s daughter-in-law.
According to a letter written by Dale Wyse some time ago and provided by Jennifer, “And it came to pass in those days there was a great need for wives for the Sons of Menno who dwelt in Fulton County.
“Then the Word of the Lord came unto them that there were many young girls in the Land of Leo near Fort Wayne, Ind., who would make excellent wives…
“When these young men first came to Leo there was much cause for alarm among the parents of these young girls, for they had to put up with much foolishness as they sought out wives from among those available…
“And so it was that they all got themselves wives of the granddaughters of Peter C. Liechty, and returned to the land of their inheritance and there prospered and rebuilt the cities of Archbold, Pettisville, and Wauseon.”
Herman was a farmer who raised dairy cattle, turkeys, and hogs. Kathryn worked as a housekeeper at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home; she also worked at the Lugbill Bakery in Pettisville.
The couple has four children, Janice Andrews, South Bend, Ind.; Phillip (Bar bara), Carrollton, Ga.; Jane (Ron) Yoder, Wolcotville, Ind.; Steve (Jennifer), Archbold; and Debra (Jack Young) Kauffman, Pettisville. They have 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Fifty-five couples were honored.
Couples with Archbold addresses listed on the program were Bud & Gertrude Hitt, Aug. 4, 1946; Lowell & Ilah Rose, June 19, 1947; Dale & Evelyn Quillet, April 20, 1952.
Donald & Shirley Black, Feb. 19, 1944 (2013 king and queen); Michael & Marcella Coopshaw, March 28, 1946; Vernon & Ruth Roth, June 25, 1946; Harlen & Joan Lawrence, May 25, 1947; Jack & Joan Zeigler, Oct. 26, 1947; Gaylord & Norma Wagner, Nov. 29, 1947; Gordon & Betty Domeck, June 25, 1949; James & Hazel Figy, Oct. 5, 1949;
George & Gladys Rue, Nov. 26, 1952; Homer & Elizabeth Yutzy, Nov. 29, 1952; James & Phyllis Onweller, Oct. 4, 1953; John & Martha Ross, Dec. 19, 1954; Charles & Amy Davis, June 29, 1956; Weldon & Paulajean Drewes, Aug. 19, 1956; Arthur & Mary Leslie, May 25, 1957; Richard & Mary Ann Mull, Oct. 20, 1957; James & Lois Smith, July 1, 1961; Robert & Carol Batdorf, Feb. 22, 1963; Larry & Catherine Clausen, July 27, 1963.
John & Eunice Winzeler, June 6, 1954; Melvin & Eloise Wyse, June 7, 1954; James & Arlyce Bacon, Jan. 15, 1956; Ralph & Jan Figgins, June 18, 1955; Donald & Jane Stiriz, April 22, 1956; Gene & Sue Schaffner, Aug. 5, 1956;
Loren & Arlene Pennington, Nov. 24, 1956; Richard & Linda Martin, Oct. 6, 1957; Colenzo & Joy Ann Short, May 30, 1958; Neree & Geraldine Emmons, Oct. 7, 1962; Richard & Virginia Lumbrezer, July 27, 1963.
Ellis & Evelyn Mann, March 4, 1951; John & Bonnie Mandly, Dec. 15, 1951; Harry & Jacquelyn Bruner, Nov. 1, 1952; Howard & Mary Lou Reckner, July 7, 1956;
Bob & Betty Carter, Aug. 31, 1957; Ronald & Phyllis Zydorczyk, Oct. 12, 1957; John & Gloria Forrest, May 22, 1959; Carl & Sharon Buehrer, July 12, 1959; Larry & Gail Zenz, Sept. 13, 1961.
Ray & June Osterhout, March 1, 1947; Larry & Cinda Freestone, Sept. 30, 1951; Lewis & Doria Culler, Aug. 25, 1956; Robert & Arlene Stoup, Sept. 23, 1956; Ray & Marilyn Heintschel, May 9, 1959; Ronald & Roseann Taylor, May 14, 1962; Thomas & Margie Lumbrezer, April 27, 1963.
William & Ramona Schmitz, June 21, 1952; James & Barbara Sattler, Sept. 22, 1956; Art & Helen Whitaker, July 27, 1957.
Wayne & Theresa Farnsel, Nov. 22, 1952.