Wilbur Almo Larson


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Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson was born June 14, 1913, in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and died October 19, 1996, at his home, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, at age 83. Inurnment in Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ. He is the son of Almo Joshua Larson of Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and Emma Jane Abbey of Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.

Ruth Gertrude Bickett was born December 23, 1916, in Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH, and died February 5, 1987, at Watertown Memorial Hospital, Watertown, Dodge Co., WI, at age 70. Inurnment in Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ. She is the daughter of LeRoy McVey Bickett of Xenia Twp., Greene Co., OH, and Gertrude Pearl Patricia Baker of Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson (age 26) and Ruth Gertrude Bickett (age 23) eloped, and were married March 2, 1940, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson and Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson had three children:

  1. Leigh Rex Larson: Born March 12, 1941, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.
  2. Reed Allan Larson: Born 1942 at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.
  3. Bruce Dean Larson: Born 1949 at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.

After Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson's died, Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson married Cleo Elizabeth (Mickkleson) (Fuller) Anderson.

Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson was born March 11, 1918, in Grinnell, Poweshiek Co., IA, and died July 27, 2000, at La Posada Healthcare, Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ, at age 82. Inurnment in Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ. She is the daughter of Harry Anthony Mikkleson of Sioux Twp., Monona Co., IA, and Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Bothwell of Little Sioux Twp., Harrison Co., IA. Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson was not adopted by her stepfather, Carl John Forsen, following his marriage to Cleo's mother, Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Bothwell.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer was born January 25, 1904, in Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and died August 1987 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, at age 83. He is the son of Paul Rebman Fischer of Germany, and Franceiska Lehman of Germany.

Evelyn I. "Evie" Walter was born May 25, 1905, in Flushing Hospital, Flushing, Queens Borough, New York City, NY, and died June 25, 1970, in Flushing, Queens Borough, New York City, NY, at age 65. She is the daughter of John Walter of Germany, and Lena Mueller of Alsace-Lorraine, Germany.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer and Evelyn I. "Evie" Walter were married April 15, 1928, in Flushing, Queens Borough, New York City, NY.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer and Evelyn I. "Evie" (Walter) Fischer had one child:

  1. Evelyn I. "Evie" Fischer: Born January 24, 1929, at Astoria Sanitorium, Queens Borough, New York City, NY; Died April 6, 2011, in St. Clare's Hospital, Dover, Morris Co., NJ (age 82). Married July, 1957, to Richard K. Joubert: Born April 24, 1930, at his parents' home on Wyman Street, New London, Waupaca Co., WI; Died May 1, 2002, in Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Monroe Co., PA (age 72). Evelyn H. (Walter) (Fischer) Fitting and her second husband, Emil Fitting, are both buried in Long Island National Cemetery.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer separated from his wife and daughter in New York about 1932, and lived apart from them, eventually leaving the U.S.A. When he returned several years later (about 1936), he had a new identity, with the new name being Charles Fuller. He located first in Omaha, NE, and worked as a meat cutter, eventually being transferred by his employer to Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., IA, where he met and married Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer/Fuller and Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson were married October 10, 1937, in Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., IA. This means that he was still married to Evelyn at the time he married Cleo. Cleo would discover this years later, and was one reason she eventually divorced Charles. Karl F. "Charles" Fischer eventually became divorced from his first wife, Ida Evelyn (Walter) Fischer. Evelyn received her divorce from Charles in June, 1940, in Queens Co., NY.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer/Fuller and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) Fuller had three children:

  1. Unknown Daughter Fuller: Born about 1938 in Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., IA; Died about 1938 in Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., IA (Stillborn Infant).
  2. Patricia Lynne "Pat" Fuller: Born in Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., IA. Married September 5, 1964, in First Presbyterian Church, Independence, Buchanan Co., IA, to Anthony Rutgers Doughty: Born Unknown.
  3. Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Fuller: Born in Webster City, Hamilton Co., IA. Married (1) December 16, 1967, in Saint John's Catholic Church, Independence, Buchanan Co., IA, to David Michael Strub: Born November 16, 1945, in Le Mars, Plymouth Co., IA; Died September 21, 1989, in Cave Creek, Maricopa Co., AZ (age 43). Divorced. Married (2) April 28, 1979, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, to Gary Lewis Ray: Born in Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA. Gary was first Married December 20, 1969, in Los Angeles Co., CA, to Larri Sue Moore: Born April 21, 1947, in Unknown. Divorced February 17, 1977, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV. Larri then Married May 4, 1979, in Utah Co., UT, to Paul Victor Kolan: Born Unknown. David Michael Strub then married Barbara L. "Barb" Unknown: Born Unknown.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer/Fuller and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) Fuller were divorced August 4, 1972, in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ.

Evelyn I. "Evie" (Walter) Fischer filed for a dissolution of her marriage to Charles Fischer on March 26, 1940. The divorce was granted in the Supreme Court, County of Queens, NY, on July 9, 1940.

Evelyn I. (Walter) Fischer then married Emil Fitting.

Emil Fitting was born April 17, 1898, in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., WI, and died March 9, 1961, in New York at age 62. He is the son of William S. Fitting of Germany, and Theresa Lew of Germany. Leigh Larson note: Emil Fitting was  born April 17, 1898, in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., WI, and was shown as being 12 years old when living with his parents and younger brother at 230 15th Avenue, 1st Ward, Queens, Queens Borough, New York City, NY, according to the 1910 U. S. Census. When Emil joined the Navy, it is very likely that he misrepresented his year of birth, and assumed this earlier date of birth for the remainder of his life.

Emil Fitting and Evelyn I. "Evie" (Walter) Fischer were married 1945 in New York.

Emil Fitting and Evelyn I. "Evie" (Walter) (Fischer) Fitting had no children.

Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) Fuller then married Edward R. "Ed" Anderson.

Edward R. "Ed" Anderson was born May 21, 1912, in Divide, Silver Bow Co., MT, and died May, 1985, in Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ, at about age 73. He is the son of Adam Edward Anderson of Sweden, and Gertrude L. Parker of Montana.

Edward R. "Ed" Anderson and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) Fuller were married August 4, 1972, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV.

Edward R. "Ed" Anderson and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) Anderson had no children.

After Edward R. "Ed" Anderson died, Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) Anderson married Wilbur Almo Larson.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson (age 74) and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) Anderson (age 71) were married July 11, 1987, in Sun City West, Maricopa Co., AZ.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) (Anderson) Larson had no children.

Karl F. "Charles" Fischer/Fuller died August, 1987, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, at age 83.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson died October 19, 1996, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, at age 83.

Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) (Anderson) Larson died July 27, 2000, in Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ, at age 82.




TIMELINE


Wilbur A. Larson Historical Residential Addresses

6/14/1913 – 6/20/1935; RFD #4, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI

   

Photo ca. 1907.

       

Photos ca. 2016.

6/20/1935 – 5/1/1936; Various Addresses, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI

5/1/1936 – 8/1937; East Ayer St., Ironwood, Gogebic Co., MI

1/1/1938 – 10/1/1940; 404 E. Cady St., Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI

10/1/1940 – 10/1/1941; 3002 N. 56th St., Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI

10/1/1941 – 11/1945; 700 Clyman St., Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI

Photo ca. 1940.

11/1945 – 1947; 421 E. Water St., Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI

9/26/1949 – 3/1950; 111-1/2 W. Main St., Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI

3/1950; 1721 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN; 6/1951  Attended Calhoun Elementary School, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN

   

Photos ca. 2016.

3/12/1952; 120 Malcolm Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Attended Sidney Pratt School. Last day of school was the 12th. Moved to Watertown on the 13th.

Photo ca. 2016.

1952; N. Monroe Street, Watertown, Dodge Co., WI. Attended Lincoln Elementary School 

1955; 311 S. Washington St., Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI. Attended Watertown Jr. High School.

1957; 406  S. Washington St., Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI. Attended Watertown Sr. High School.

1969 -1981; 10658 Tropicana Circle, Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ

1986 - 1993; 10220 Brookside Dr., Sun City West, Maricopa Co., AZ

1990 - 1992; 559 Forest Highlands, Flagstaff, Coconino Co., AZ

1993 - 1994; 8705 Robinson Ridge Dr., Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV

 1/1/1995 – 10/19/1996; 2020 Gray Eagle Way, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV


Charles Fischer was born January 25, 1902, in Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Wilbur Almo Larson was born June 14, 1913, in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson Birth Certificate.


Ruth Gertrude Bickett was born December 23, 1916, in Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH.

Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson was born March 11, 1918, in Grinnell, Poweshiek Co., IA.

The WWI Draft Registration Card and Registrar's Report taken on September 12, 1918, at Milwaukee, WI, shows Leroy McVey Bickett was judged OK. L M Bickett signed his name on the form. Tall Height, Stout Build, Dk Brown Hair and Gray Eyes. He was employed as Superintendent of Petley Rubber Mfg. Co., 241 Oregon Street, Milwaukee, WI. He was living at 565 Van Remuadt, Milwaukee, WI. His wife, Gertrude P. Bickett of Yellow Springs, OH was his nearest relative.

The WWI Draft Registration Card and Registrar's Report taken on September 12, 1918, shows Almo Joshua Larson, born June 29, 1885, is a married Farmer living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 3, 1920, shows Almo Larson (age 34) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm in Parmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Emma Larson (age 35) born in Wisconsin to Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents. Also there is their son, Wilbur (age 6) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Living in the house is Almo's widowed father, Olaus Larson (age 69) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents who is listed as a farmer emigrating from Sweden in 1871 and naturalized in 1880.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 15, 1920, shows LeRoy M. Bickett (age 36) born in Ohio to Ohio-born parents is a Superintendent at a Rubber Factory who his renting his home at 604 Farwell Street, Ward 18, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Gertrude Bickett (age 39) born in Ohio to Ohio and Prussian-born parents. Also there are their two children, both born in Ohio: Helen Bickett (age 7), and Ruth Bickett (age 3). Also living there is Gertrude's widowed mother, Helen Baker (age 75) born in Prussia to Prussian-born parents.

The 1921 City Directory for Watertown, WI, shows Leroy Bickett is living at 900 6th Street, essentially the intersection of 6th Street and Bailey Street. The house at 700 Clyman Street is vacant.

The 1924 City Directory for Watertown, WI, shows Leroy Bickett is living at 700 Clyman Street, essentially the intersection of 7th Street and Clyman Street. This is the home he would live in the rest of his life.

Carl John Forsen and Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" (Bothwell) Bartelt were married February 28, 1925, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA.


Carl John Forsen and Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" (Bothwell) Bartelt Marriage Records.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 12, 1930, shows Almo Larson (age 44) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 25 is a General Farmer owning his own farm in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Emma Larson (age 46) born in Wisconsin to English Canadian and Wisconsin-born parents and first married at age 26. Also living there is their son Wilbur Larson (age 16) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. A niece, Marian Stratman (age 14) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents also lives there. Leslie Harris, a 30 year old unmarried Farm Laborer, also is lodging there.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1930, shows Le Roy Bickett (age 46) born in Ohio to Ohio-born parents and first married at age 28 is a manager of a rubber factory who owns his home valued at $12,000 at 700 Clyman Street, Ward 9, City of Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Gertrude Bickett (age 50) born in Ohio to Ohio and German-born parents and first married at age 32. Also there are their two children, both born in Ohio to Ohio-born parents: Helen Bickett (age 17), and Ruth Bickett (age 13).


The Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI, Wednesday, September 23, 1931

Oakland Briefs

Oakland, Farmington. September 22 -

Wilbur Larson left last Tuesday for Madison, where he will attend the university.

Mrs. Maude Stratman returned from Plainfield last Tuesday.


Karl F. "Charles" Fischer/Fuller and Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson were married October 10, 1937, in Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., IA.


Karl F. "Charles" Fischer/Fuller and Cleo Elizabeth Mikkleson Marriage Certificate.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson (age 26) and Ruth Gertrude Bickett (age 23) eloped, and were married on March 2, 1940, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 4, 1940, shows Le Roy Bickett (age 56) born in Ohio and having completed 4 years of High School, and 5 years ago was living in the same house, is a President of Rubber owning his home  worth $1,200 and is living at 700 7th Street, 9th Ward, City of Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Gertrude Bickett (age 60) born in Ohio and having completed 4 years of College, and 5 years ago was living in the same house. Also living there are his two married daughters and their husbands: his son-in-law, Wilbert Larson (age 26) born in Wisconsin and having completed 4 years of College, and 5 years ago was living Unknown, CA, a Representative for an Automobile Manufacturer; his daughter, Ruth Larson (age 23) born in Ohio and having completed 4 years of College, and 5 years ago was living in the same house; his son-in-law, Victor Fiegel (age 29) born in Arkansas and having completed 4 years of College, and 5 years ago was living Madison, WI, a Retail Store Salesman; and his daughter, Helen Fiegel (age 27) born in Ohio and having completed 4 years of College, and 5 years ago was living in the same house.


Bill Larson was enrolled in the R.O.T.C. program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as an officer in the U. S. Army in WWII, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired from the Army Reserves. He was authorized to wear the insignia and medals shown below, although not arranged here as correctly displayed on a uniform.


O-5, Army Lieutenant Colonel


Philippine Liberation Medal Ribbon - World War II

Criteria: Awarded to any service member, of both Philippine and allied militaries, who participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between the dates of October 17, 1944 and September 2, 1945. To be awarded the medal, a service member must have served in the Philippines for at least thirty days during the eligible time period, or must have participated in one of the following actions: Participation in the initial landing operation of Leyte and adjoining islands from October 7 to October 20, 1944; or Participation in any engagement against hostile Japanese forces during the Philippine Liberation Campaign of October 17, 1944 to September 2, 1945. Personnel who are awarded the medal for participation in the above mentioned operations are authorized a service star to the Philippine Liberation Medal. Personnel who earned the medal for general service during the eligible time period are awarded the medal without device. Attachments: Bronze Star Device.This service ribbon is issued by the military along with an accompanying medal. Check the appropriate Branch of Service category for purchase of its medal counterpart.


Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Ribbon

Criteria: Awarded to any member of the United States military who served in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945. There were twenty one official campaigns of the Pacific Theater, denoted on with a service star. The arrowhead device is authorized for those campaigns involving amphibious assaults. Credible campaigns for the Pacific Theater are as follows: Philippine Islands 7 Dec 41 - 10 May 42; Burma, 1942 7 Dec 41 - 26 May 42; Central Pacific 7 Dec 41 - 6 Dec 43; East Indies 1 Jan 42 - 22 Jul 42; India-Burma 2 Apr 42 - 28 Jan 45; Air Offensive, Japan 17 Apr 42 - 2 Sep 45; Aleutian Islands 3 Jun 42 - 24 Aug 43; China Defensive 4 Jul 42 - 4 May 45; Papua 23 Jul 42 - 23 Jan 43; Guadalcanal 7 Aug 42 - 21 Feb 43; New Guinea 24 Jan 43 - 31 Dec 44; Northern Solomons 22 Feb 43 - 21 Nov 44; Eastern Mandates 7 Dec 43 - 14 Jun 44; Bismarck Archipelago 15 Dec 43 - 27 Nov 44; Western Pacific 17 Apr 44 - 2 Sep 45; Leyte 17 Oct 44 - 1 Jul 45; Luzon 15 Dec 44 - 4 Jul 45; Central Burma 29 Jan 45 - 15 Jul 45; Southern Philippines 27 Feb 45 - 4 Jul 45; Ryukyus 26 Mar 45 - 2 Jul 45; China Offensive 5 May 45 - 2 Sep 45. Additionally, the following Pacific Theater “blanket” campaigns qualify - but without service stars: Antisubmarine 7 Dec 41 - 2 Sep 45; Ground Combat: 7 Dec 41 - 2 Sep 45; Air Combat: 7 Dec 41 - 2 Sep 45.This service ribbon is issued by the military along with an accompanying medal. Check the appropriate Branch of Service category for purchase of its medal counterpart.


Bronze Star Device

Criteria: A service star, also referred to as a battle star, campaign star, or engagement star, is an attachment to a military decoration which denotes participation in military campaigns or multiple bestowals of the same award. Service stars are typically issued for campaign medals, service medals, ribbon awards, and certain military badges. Service stars are different from award stars, which are issued for multiple awards of meritorious and combat decorations. The United States military issues bronze and silver and gold service stars, with a silver service star issued “in lieu” of five bronze. For instance, six campaigns, served on a campaign medal, would be annotated by one silver and one bronze service star. In some situations, service stars are only issued after the second award of a decoration. For instance, three awards of a Sea Service Ribbon would be annotated by the ribbon with two bronze service stars. The United States Army also occasionally issues award numerals, instead of service stars, to denote multiple awards of certain ribbon decorations. In addition to award numerals, the United States Army uses the same Gold award star that is worn on many Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard decorations to denote the tenth and final award of the Army Sea Duty Ribbon. Service stars issued for actions in which a United States Navy vessel participated are also placed on campaign streamers, which are affixed to the U.S. Navy flag. The regulations for this originated in 1942, which defined naval campaign areas and designated engagements. Participation in such engagements, by ships and by individuals, was then denoted by service stars. The United States Army followed a very similar practice with ground campaigns and battle engagements. A common point of confusion is to confuse bronze and silver service stars with the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal. The main difference between the two is that the Bronze and Silver Star Medals are individual decorations while service stars are worn on awards and are not individual decorations or medals.


American Defense Medal - WW II Ribbon

Criteria: Army: Authorized to any military member who performed duty between September 8, 1939 and December 6, 1941. Members of the United States Army were required to perform at least one year of duty, during the above time period, while United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and United States Marine Corps personnel were awarded the medal for any length of service during the eligible time frame. This service ribbon is issued by the military along with an accompanying medal.


Army Presidential Unit Citation

Criteria: Awarded to U.S. Army units and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after December 7, 1941 (marking the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entrance into World War II). The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. The Army citation was established as the Distinguished Unit Citation on February 26, 1942, and received its present name on November 3, 1966. All members of the unit may wear the decoration, whether or not they personally participated in the acts for which the unit was cited. Only those assigned to the unit at the time of the action cited may wear the decoration as a permanent award. For the Army and Air Force, the emblem itself is a solid blue ribbon enclosed in a gold frame. The Citation is carried on the unit's regimental colors in the form of a blue streamer, four feet long and 2 3/4 inches wide. This unit citation ribbon is one of the few awards issued by the military as a ribbon only. There is no accompanying medal.


Combat Infantry Badge

Criteria: Presented to Army infantry enlisted soldiers, infantry or special forces officers in the grade of Colonel or below, or warrant officers with an infantry or special forces MOS - who subsequent to December 6, 1941, has satisfactorily performed duty while assigned or attached as a member of an infantry, ranger or special forces unit of brigade, regimental, or smaller size during any period such unit was engaged in active ground combat. Eligibility for Special Forces personnel (less the Special Forces medical sergeant) accrues from December 20, 1989. Retroactive awards for Special Forces personnel are not authorized. A recipient must be personally present and under hostile fire while serving in an assigned infantry or special forces primary duty, in a unit actively engaged in ground combat with the enemy. The unit in question can be of any size smaller than brigade. Personnel with other than an infantry or special forces MOS are not eligible, regardless of the circumstances. Awards will not be made to general officers nor to members of headquarters companies of units larger in size than brigade. Second and third awards of the CIB are indicated by superimposing 1 and 2 stars respectively, centered at the top of the badge between the points of the oak wreath. It, and the simultaneously created Expert Infantryman Badge were created with the primary goal of recognizing the sacrifices of the infantrymen who were disproportionately likely to be killed or wounded during World War II.


Officer U.S. Letters – Branch Insignia

Criteria: U.S. Army branch insignia letters are worn in concert with branch insignia badges. U.S. Army branch insignia badges represent each individual service member’s specific field of service. Each soldier – both enlisted personnel and officers – wear their branch insignia badge on his or her formal uniform (Class A or Army dress blues) denoting their particular skill set. Army branch insignia badges are separate from Army qualification badges, in that, qualification badges require completion of a training course or school, whereas branch insignia badges are issued to a service member upon assignment to a particular area of the Army. Enlisted soldiers wear the branch insignia on the left coat lapel (opposite the “U.S.” insignia disk). Officers wear their branch insignia on the lower half of both lapels beneath the “U.S.” insignia. Army personnel began wearing branch insignia just prior to the Civil War in the 1850s.


Officer Infantry – Branch Insignia

Criteria: U.S. Army branch insignia badges represent each individual service member’s specific field of service. Each soldier – both enlisted personnel and officers – wear their branch insignia badge on his or her formal uniform (Class A or Army dress blues) denoting their particular skill set. Army branch insignia badges are separate from Army qualification badges, in that, qualification badges require completion of a training course or school, whereas branch insignia badges are issued to a service member upon assignment to a particular area of the Army. Enlisted soldiers wear the branch insignia on the left coat lapel (opposite the “U.S.” insignia disk). Officers wear their branch insignia on the lower half of both lapels beneath the “U.S.” insignia. Army personnel began wearing branch insignia just prior to the Civil War in the 1850s.


Dennis Berg of Watertown was moving AMVET items out of the former storage space at the Rivers Edge for placement in a storage unit. While doing that he found the actual 1947 charter for the Watertown AMVETS Post #35. This document contained the names of about 400 men who were recently discharged from the military after World War II.  Sure enough, Wilbur A. Larson's name was on the Charter. 


A partial list of Watertown AMVETS Post #35 Original Charter Names from 1947.


Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson died February 5, 1987, at Watertown Memorial Hospital, Watertown, Dodge Co., WI, at age 70. Inurnment in Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ.


Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson Death Certificate.


The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, Thursday, February 12, 1987

Mrs. Wilbur Larson

Memorial services for Mrs. Wilbur (Ruth) Larson, 70, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Watertown, Will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Robert Tully officiating. The Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the First Congregational United Church of Christ. The former Ruth Bickett was born Dec. 23, 1916 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, daughter of Leroy and Gertrude Bickett. She married Wilbur A. Larson on March 2, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa. She attended Watertown High School and Northwestern of Watertown. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She had been a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Leigh R. of Johnson Creek, Reed A. (Joyce) of Johnson Creek, Dr. Bruce D. (Jean) of Asheville, N.C.; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Victor (Helen) Fiegel of Elkhorn; two nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.


After Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson died, Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson married a widow, Cleo Elizabeth (Mickkleson) (Fuller) Anderson.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) Anderson were married on July 11, 1987, in Sun City West, Maricopa Co., AZ.

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson died October 19, 1996, at his home, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, at age 83. Inurnment in Sun City West, Maricopa Co., AZ.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson Death Certificate.


The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, October, 1996

Wilbur Larson, founder of area firm, dies

Word has been received of the death of Wilbur A. "Bill" Larson, 83, of 2020 Gray Eagle Way, Las Vegas, Nev., a former resident of Watertown, who died Oct. 19 at his home. A memorial service was held in Las Vegas. Larson was born June 14, 1913 in Waupaca, son of the late Almo and Emma Larson. On March 2, 1940 he married the former Ruth G. Bickett of Watertown. She preceded him in death in 1987. On July 11, 1987 he married the former Cleo Anderson in Sun City West, Ariz. Larson founded Hi-Life Rubber Company of Johnson Creek in 1964 and had served as its president and chairman. He also founded Milk-Rite U.S.A. in Johnson Creek. He retired from all companies in 1993. Larson was a graduate of Waupaca High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a finance degree. He was enrolled in the ROTC program at the university. He served in the South Pacific during World War II, and had the rank of major. After the war, he became a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He moved to Sun City in 1974 and to Las Vegas in 1993. He was a former member of the Watertown Elks Lodge, Watertown Dance Club, Watertown Country Club, Wisconsin Alumni Association, Wisconsin Rubber Group, Delta Sigma PI Fraternity and other organizations. He was an avid traveler, visiting New Zealand, Africa, Russia, Siberia, Mexico, Alaska and many European countries. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Leigh of Johnson Creek, Reed (Joyce) of Watertown and Dr. Bruce (Jean) of Asheville, N.C; four grandchildren; and two step-daughters, Patti (Tony) of Walker, Minn., and Betty (Gary) of Las Vegas.


Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) (Anderson) Larson died July 27, 2000, at La Posada Healthcare, Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ, at age 82.


The Green Valley News, Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ, August 2, 1982

Cleo Elizabeth Larson, 82

Although she was a very successful interior designer in the Phoenix and Sun City area, Cleo often remarked that being a mother was her greatest accomplishment and joy. Survivors include: two daughters, Patti (Tony) Doughty of Walker, Minn.; and Beth (Gary) Ray of Green Valley; grandson Charlie (Heather) Doughty and great-grandchildren Megan and Nathan of Walker, Minn.; and stepsons, Leigh Larson of Johnson Creek, Wis.; Reed (Joyce) Larson of Watertown, Wis.; and Bruce (Jean) Larson of Ashville, N.C.; sister, Charlotte (Rusty) Laird, of Des Moines, Iowa; and brother Kenneth (Darlene) Forsen of Herman, Neb. A memorial service was held at La Posada Healthcare, where she received loving care for the past year.


 


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L. M. Bickett Office Employee Christmas Party, Larson residence, 406 S. Washington Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, about 1960.


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Bill and Ruth's 25th Wedding Anniversary - Watertown, WI - 1965


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Wilbur Larson - Watertown, WI - 1947


Ruth and Leigh Larson - Watertown, WI, 1942


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Reed, Ruth, Leigh - Watertown, WI - 1943


Ruth Larson was a Nurses Aide in the United States Citizens Defense Corps of Wisconsin, Watertown, WI, 1943. Click here for a PDF image.

Ruth Larson was a Nurses Aide in the United States Citizens Defense Corps of Wisconsin, dated July 28, 1943, Watertown, WI.


   

Bill and Cleo - about 1992


Cleo and Bill - Las Vegas, NV - 1994


Bill & Cleo - Las Vegas, NV - 1995


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August 10, 1992


Watertown, WI - 1998


Lake Mills, WI - 2000


   

"The Larson Boys" Watertown, WI, August 13, 2005 (Will, Bruce, Leigh, Reed).

"The Extended Family Group" Watertown, WI, August 13, 2005 (Will, Jean, Bruce, Leigh, Nancy, Reed). Missing from the picture: Joyce, Rob, Julie, Hope, Mal.


Wilbur A. Larson, R4, #121, Waupaca, Wis.

Ruth Bickett, 220 Lake Lawn Place, Madison, Wisconsin; Badger-3146 or 3147

Ruth Gertrude Bickett, 220 Lake Lawn Place, B. 3146, Madison, Wisconsin


Ruth Bickett and friends, about 1934.


The Milwaukee Journal, Sunday, December 15, 1935

University Crowd and Madison Townspeople in Midst of Busy Season

TWENTY-FIVE of the most beautiful young women at the University of Wisconsin have been selected by their sororities and dormitories as candidates in the annual Badger beauty contest sponsored by the university yearbook. Some of the candidates are pictured here. From the entire list six girls will be chosen as final Badger beauties by Max Factor, Hollywood cosmetician, and George Petty, Esquire and cigaret advertisement artist. The winners will be pictured in this year's Badger. In the group here are (left to right) Mary Belle Lawton of Brodhead, the candidate of Gamma Phi Beta; Mary Lou Montgomery of Milwaukee,  Kappa Alpha Theta; Ruth Bickett of Watertown, Alpha Gamma Delta; Gretchen Schmidt, Wauwatosa, Delta Zeta, and Grace Carlson, Sheboygan,, Langdon Hall. (Photoart Studio Photos, Madison)


The Galveston Coastal News, Galveston, Galveston Co., TX, Friday, June 25, 1937

To the right are a group of visitors from Wisconsin, who have been spending the week here as the guests of Mrs. W. J. Chapman and daughter, Miss Jean Chapman. Miss Ruth Bickett, standing, and Miss Helen Bickett, seated on the top step, are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Bickett of Watertown, Wis., and the nieces of Mrs. Chapman. They were accompanied by Miss Doris Kaddatz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Kaddatz, of Watertown, who is seated on the lowest step. Miss Chapman  who is pictured with the group will accompany them when they leave. They will spend a few days in New Orleans before returning home.


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Ruth Bickett, about 1936.


Bill Larson at Pine Lake, about 1945.


The Waukesha Daily Freeman, Waukesha, Waukesha Co., WI, Friday, January 9, 1948

Ask Permit for Radio Station at Watertown

WASHINGTON, (UP) - The Federal Communications commission announced today that the Rock River Valley Broadcasting company had applied for permission to operate a standard station at Watertown, Wis. The application proposed that the station operate with a power of 250 watts on a frequency of 920 kilocycles, daytime only. L. M. Bickett, who owns the L. M. Bickett company, rubber manufacturers, Watertown, is chairman of the board of the broadcasting company. W. A. Larson, Bickett's son-in-law and sales manager of the Bickett company, is president of the broadcasting company.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson passport photo, about 1960.


Bill and Ruth (Bickett) Larson in the Larson residence back yard, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, about 1960.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson (age 74) and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) Anderson (age 71) were married July 11, 1987, in Sun City West, Maricopa Co., AZ.


WILBUR A. LARSON COMMENTS TO QUESTIONS 1 THROUGH 3 FOR THE 60TH REUNION

 1. After two weeks in Waupaca High School, having come from a one room country school with eight grades and one teacher, the change to a 'big' school was a significant hurdle for a 14 year old country kid. Latin, Algebra, English, Social Studies and Gym with different teachers in separate rooms was too overwhelming. I turned my books into Superintendent Watson after a hectic Monday and said "I Quit". He said, "Wilbur, you are making a mistake". I thought that was the end until the next morning about 7:30 AM. When I should have been on my way to school my father whipped his watch out of his bib overalls and asked me "Why aren't you on your way to school?" I said "I Quit yesterday". A half hour later I was on my bicycle back to school. When I asked Mr. Watson for my books he said "Wilbur, why are you back?" I had a simple reply, "My Dad sent me"! My dad was a very wise man. I would not be here today without his direction. 

2. In January 1938 an incident happened when I was a Credit Man at a desk in General Motors Acceptance Offices at Green Day, Wisconsin. The Branch Manager called me into his office and told me I had been given a raise of $10 per month from $105 to $115. I wanted to say the right thing. "Thank You Mr. Beauvais. I want you to know I shall always welcome CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM". No more had I gotten the words out when he said "May I rephrase your comment to CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTION". Many times in the past 54 years I have successfully used these two words. This positive statement has always been a winner. I know from experience. 

3. I wanted to be a criminal lawyer when I entered my fourth at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. My Dad vetoed the idea. He thought being a criminal lawyer had evil overtones. In 1935 I entered the Graduate School with the thought of eventually becoming involved in commerce in So. America with Portuguese and Spanish and a well rounded study program to complement such an endeavor. Had I finished a Masters program I would have been offered an assistant professorship at the University of San Paulo, Brazil with the opportunity of a PhD. That was not to be as I left the program in March 1936 to go to work with General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Milwaukee. Money and self-sufficiency won over what could have been a Golden Opportunity in academia. From the finance business I went into the rubber manufacturing business eventually forming my own company, HI-LIFE RUBBER INC., Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. My two sons, Leigh and Reed, own and operate the business but I still am the Chairman and use what influence I consider appropriate. What is meant to be has happened. I accept my roles in a positive light and am very happy with the final result.


December 1, 1989

Something very special is happening to us this year. We're celebrating our 25th year in business. It doesn't seem so long ago that, on December 1, 1964, I founded HI-LIFE RUBBER PRODUCTS as a sole proprietorship. The business started up in the former Hawthorn-Melody milk plant in Johnson Creek. Our ten-acre property lacked suitable electrical and plumbing services, but the main building was structurally sound, and the price was right. Let's just call it a "diamond-in-the-rough," with the emphasis on "rough." We served a small nucleus of customers with industrial molded goods and rubber office supply products. Setting the stage for the future, however, were a smattering of specialty milker inflations we made in our own-design transfer molding presses. I was the owner, salesman, office manager, chemist, payroll clerk and bill collector. I'm sure I left out some more, too. Let's just say I was very busy.

I was also very fortunate to have my son Reed in the business from the very beginning. He was in charge of production as well as maintenance and shipping. His unique abilities, enthusiasm and hard work enabled us to get-the very most out of our limited budget. We started with a grand total of just seven employees, of which two were Larsons. As I look back, those early days were frightening, yet very challenging and exciting. Here I was, fifty years old and just starting out. I had no way of realizing the many good things that would eventually come our way. As we struggled to get on our feet we felt our best hope for growth was to specialize. We decided to make the products with the most sales potential - milker inflations. We learned the basics of inflation manufacturing with the help of a consultant, but were still lacking in several key areas. I was again fortunate when my son Leigh joined us in the fall of 1965, even though he had been helping right along in his spare time. As a mechanical engineer he brought us the needed skills of product and equipment design and moldmaking. We then made a company commitment to produce the very finest inflations found anywhere.

Times can be tough for a "new kid on the block." We had few inflation customers and no established reputation for quality or delivery of these products. In fact, we had very few products, and you know a salesman can't sell out of an empty wagon. The decision to have our own line of unbranded inflations helped open the door to our farm store customers. As we made more molds our product line became more desirable, and HI-LIFE began to be more widely recognized as a legitimate source for inflations. We made steady gains in sales which required more people, equipment and building space. Our inflations were now being included in the supply programs of large dairy cooperatives. Our expertise was getting the attention of the milking machine manufacturers, too. Our product design assistance, tooling capabilities, excellent product quality and fast delivery (and favorable prices, too) helped us eventually become the largest inflation manufacturer in the United States.

Along the way we've gained new customers and friends, and attained a level of prosperity so we could share more with our employees. We have enjoyed a stable and growing workforce over the past twenty-five years, and now comprise a company of one hundred employees. We've had our share of heartaches along the way, too, but that's a part of life which is unavoidable over such a span of time. These years have seen great things happen for our company, but it couldn't have been possible without our customers, suppliers, fellow employees and most of all, my family. People are what life is really all about, and I've been blessed to have been surrounded with talented individuals who have helped make our success possible.

They say a generation is about twenty-five years long. I'm truly fortunate that my sons chose to join me in the business, and am particularly pleased that my grandson Robert has now joined us, too. My goal was to create a company that would be committed to the ideals of honesty, hard work, fairness and competence, and one that would perpetuate itself. I believe I've succeeded on all points, and fondly look back upon these last twenty-five years as just the beginning. We're certainly off to a great start! Just imagine what good things the next twenty-five years have in store for all of us! Thank you one and all for making it possible.

Bill


SPECIAL MENTION FOR 25th

JOYCE LARSON & JUDY KUYKENDALL - For putting this party all together

GUEST LIST

MR & MRS ROLLAND FREITAG - Virchow Krause & Co., Certified Public Accountants & Financial Business Services

BURT MILLER - ATTORNEY AT LAW

MR & MRS FRANCIS ORVAL - Village President, Johnson Creek

MR & MRS STEVE MELOY - President of F & M Bank of Johnson Creek (formerly Mansfield State Bank)

MR & MRS TOM SCHNEIDER - Owner of Bob Schneider Printing Co.

MR & MRS BERNIE MOTL - Owner and operator of Motl Plumbing Heating. Successor to his father, Barney Motl

MR & MRS CHUCK SCHROEDER - Owner & Operator of SCHROEDER'S FILLING Station & auto Services

MR & MRS JOHN HADY - Owners of Hady Electrical Contractors and Electrical Fixtures Store

MR & MRS VERN WEGNER - MANAGER of Oliver Construction Co, Oconomowoc, Commercial Builders

MR & MRS JOHN LANE - Technician at American Roller, Union Grove, WI

MR & MRS LLOYD QUAMME - First Full-time employee to retire from HI-LIFE

MR & MRS BILL NELSON - Denise was first office employee of HI-LIFE and was office manager when to left to pursue further education leading to a degree in accounting. She and her husband, Bill, also own a cottage industry specializing in miniature gift products with national distribution

MR & MRS KENNETH C. KIRBY - Spent many years with HI-LIFE in the education of dealer and field man on machine function and sanitary practice as they relate to inflations. Currently represents a national company.

MR & MRS ERVIN LANGE - Angeline was our first full-time female employee, and who has faithfully served with us for 23 years. Currently she is forelady of the finishing department.


 Left to Right: Margaret Estelle "Muggsie" (Aderhold) (Shipman) Abbey, Dan Robert Abbey, Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) (Anderson) Larson, and Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson. Photo taken December, 1991, at the Larson residence, Sun City West, Maricopa Co., AZ.


David Michael Strub died September 21, 1989, in Cave Creek, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 43.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, Tuesday, October 3, 1989

OBITUARIES

David Michael Strub, 43, of Cave Creek, an employee of a cement company, died Sept. 21, 1989. He was born in Lemars, Iowa, and was a Vietnam Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter; parents; three sisters; and four brothers. Services were held. Contributions: Heart Assist Fund, 12629 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 458, Phoenix 85032. Shadow Mountain Mortuary.


Barbara L. Canoro was born December, 1948, in Arizona.

 

Rachel Ann Strub, married to Justin W. Smallwood: Born August 15, 1973, in Unknown.

Donald Al "Don" Ratti died February 28, 2007, in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 64. Buried in Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ.


Donald Al "Don" Ratti is buried in Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, Monday, March 5, 2007

OBITUARIES

Donald A. Ratti - 5/24/42 - 2/28/07. 30 plus years with the Cement Masons Local 394. Survived by wife Barbara, Daughter Tammy, Sons David (Judy) and Danny (Jennifer) and step daughter Rachel; sisters Donna, Barbara, Sandy, Gail, Nancy and Grandchildren. Services will be held at Black Mountain Baptist Church - 33955 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek on Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Viewing 12 PM, Service 1PM with reception to follow. Private burial at 3:45 at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary. Honor his memory by contributions to UMCFoundation@umcaz.edu or Hospice of the Valley.