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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), a bachelor, and Ruth Gertrude Bickett (age 23), a maiden, 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 died, Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson, a widower, married Cleo Elizabeth (Mickkleson) (Fuller) Anderson, a widow.

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 19, 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 Sanatorium, 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). Buried in Assumption Cemetery, Merrill, IA. Divorced. Married (2) April 28, 1979, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, to Gary Lewis Ray: Born March 3, 1945, 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 Dallas, TX. Divorced February 17, 1977, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV. Larri Sue (Moore) Ray then married May 4, 1979, in Utah Co., UT, to Paul Victor Kolan: Born September 26, 1952, in Lehi, UT. Larri then married James P. "Jim" White: Born June 21, 1943, in Unknown. David Michael Strub then married Barbara L. "Barb" Ratti: 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), a widower, and Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) Anderson (age 71), a widow, 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

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.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson, age 7 months.


Cora Ethel Olivia Johnson and Wilbur Almo Larson at the Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1914.


Wilbur Almo Larson and dog, at the Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1914.


Wilbur Almo Larson feeding chickens, at the Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1914.


Wilbur Almo Larson with wagon and Black Puppy, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, ca 1915.


Wilbur Almo Larson and horse, at the Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1915.


Wilbur Almo Larson on horse Colonel, ca 1915 Larson Farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1915.


Laurel Nelson, Wilbur Larson and Olive Nelson, at the Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1915.


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


       

Ruth Gertrude Bickett birth certificates, Village of Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH, December 23, 1916.


The Xenia Daily Gazette, Xenia, Greene Co., OH, Tuesday, December 26, 1916

YELLOW SPRINGS

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Bickett are the parents of a baby daughter, born Saturday afternoon.


Gertrude and Ruth Bickett, Village of Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH, 1917.


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Helen and Ruth Bickett, photos taken at the Burnam Studio, Mitchell Building, Springfield, OH, 1917.


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.


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Ruth and Helen Bickett, about 1919.


Helen, Roy and Ruth Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Helen and Roy Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Helen Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Helen Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Helen Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Helen Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Helen, Ruth and Gertrude Bickett at the beach, 1919.

Ruth Bickett at the beach with a bladder from a punching bag, 1919. This item was probably manufactured at the Petley Rubber Co. in Milwaukee, 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 married Farmer of a Farm, and who owns his farm with a mortgage, and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Emma Larson (age 35) born in Wisconsin to Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents; his son, Wilbur Larson (age 6) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and his widowed father, Olaus Larson (age 69) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, and having emigrated in 1871 and becoming a Naturalized Citizen in 1880, a Farmer.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 14, 1920, shows Soren Hoy (age 59) born in Denmark to Denmark-born parents, and having immigrated in 1886, and becoming a Naturalized Citizen in 1890, is a married General Farm Farmer, and who owns his farm with a mortgage, and is living in Waupaca Twp., Waupaca Co., WI; Living with him are: Augusta S. Hoy (age 56) born in Denmark to Denmark-born parents; his unmarried daughter, Johanna A. Hoy (age 23) born in Wisconsin to Denmark-born parents, a Teacher in Public Schools; his unmarried daughter, Ester Hoy (age 21) born in Wisconsin to Denmark-born parents, a Teacher in Public Schools; his unmarried daughter, Ruth Hoy (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Denmark-born parents, a Teacher in Public Schools; his unmarried son, Benjamin Hoy (age 16) born in Wisconsin to Denmark-born parents; and his unmarried son, David Hoy (age 14) born in Wisconsin to Denmark-born parents.

 Larson (age 34) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, is a married Farmer of a Farm, and who owns his farm with a mortgage, and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Emma Larson (age 35) born in Wisconsin to Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents; his son, Wilbur Larson (age 6) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and his widowed father, Olaus Larson (age 69) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1871 and becoming a Naturalized Citizen in 1880, a Farmer.

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.


Wilbur Larson (near front row, second from left, with tie blowing in the breeze), School District No. 5, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Jo Hoy, Teacher (back row, second from right), ca. 1920.


   

The Ladies with children in School District No. 5, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, ca 1920.


   

Wilbur Larson (front row, far left), School District No. 5, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Jo Hoy, Teacher (back row, far right), ca 1920.


Wilbur Larson Swimming, probably at the Chain o' Lakes, King, Waupaca Co., WI, ca 1920.


Almo, Emma and Wilbur Larson in their cornfield in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, June 6, 1920.


   

School District No. 5, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, Johanne Hoy, Teacher, ca 1920.


Wilbur Larson on Colonel, the Horse, Larson Farm, about 1920.


Wilbur Larson and horse, Colonel, the Horse, Larson Farm, about 1920.


Wilbur Larson and Ethyl Lewis on Colonel, the horse, Larson Farm, about 1920.


   

Johanne Andrea "Johanna" Hoy with her students, School District No. 5, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1921. Johanne Andrea Hoy was born May 21, 1896, in Waupaca Co., WI; died January 1, 1981, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI (age 84). Her Mother was divorced from her father in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, on March 8, 1921. Johanne Andrea Hoy married Walter Emil Anderson (Born February 21, 1892, in St. Lawrence Twp., Waupaca C., WI; died January 21, 1955, in Unknown (age 61). Both are buried in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. They had several children, and lived on a farm in Lanark Twp., Portage Co., WI.


Olaus Larsson died November 11, 1920, in Farmington Twp., Waupaca, WI, at age 69. Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


November, 1920.

OLAUS LARSON DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS AT FARMINGTON HOME

Olaus Larson of Town of Farmington passed away at his home last Thursday evening, November 11, 1920, after a brief illness of only three days. Deceased was born on Smaland, Sweden April 23, 1851 and came to this country in 1872. He located at Marquette, MI where he was united in marriage to Katherine Olivia Larson, May 13, 1874. During the same year they moved to Marin Co., CA where they lived for nearly six years. In 1880 Mr. Larson with his family came to this city and purchased the farm in Farmington, 2 1/2 miles northwest of this city, on which he lived until his death. To this union were born seven children, Emily, Mrs. G. Alfred Johnson who passed away in 1905; Emil, who died in 1892; Arthur, on Route 1, Sheridan; Almo, on the old homestead; Edith, Mrs. C. C. Nelson, living at Iona, SD; Walter, of Pittsburgh, PA; and Freeda (Mrs. Robert Lewis) now living at Birmingham, AL. The two oldest, Mrs. Johnson and Emil, were born in California and the other five were born in Farmington. Besides his five children he leaves to mourn his death five brothers, Gus Lewis of this city, Swen Freeberg of Miles City, MT, and three brothers in Sweden, fifteen grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. After the death of Mrs. Larson, the home was maintained by the youngest daughter, Miss Freeda, until six years ago when the homestead was sold to Almo Larson. From that time Mr. Larson made his home at the old homestead to which he was so strongly attached. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the home at one o'clock and at the Salem church in Farmington at two o'clock, Rev. F. G. Olson of Wisconsin Rapids, officiating. The relatives attending the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Larson and daughter Ellen of Pittsburgh, PA; G. Alfred Johnson and daughter Cora of Boyceville, Swen Freeberg of Miles City, MT. Deceased was a very true and active member of Salem Lutheran church of which he had been a member since 1880. For supervising the extensive improvements that have been made to the church during the past few weeks, Mr. Larson was appointed a committee of one and was on the job every day and was gratified to note that a day or two more would mark the completion of the work he was entrusted to supervise. The habits of thrift and industry which characterize so many of the Scandinavian people were deeply impressed upon the subject of this sketch and were the basic reasons for the success he attained after the purchase of eighty acres of unimproved land which, with forty acres that he homesteaded, were later turned from an unbroken tract into a splendid farm with most convenient and up-to-date home buildings. 


Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin, Edited by John M. Ware, 1917.

OLAUS LARSON. One of the well-to-do families of Waupaca County is represented by Mr. Olaus Larson, who has lived in one locality of Farmington Township over thirty five years, and has long been enjoying the splendid fruits of his early toil and industry. Like the majority of Americans who were born in the Scandinavian countries, he started his career in the United States without special advantages or capital, and has relied entirely upon hard work and good judgment to put him ahead in the world.

Mr. Larson was born in Sweden April 23, 1851, a son of Lars Pehrsson and Christina Olsdotter. His mother died in 1856 and his father in 1886. The training afforded by the common schools of Sweden was the education Olaus acquired as a boy. He grew up with the habits of industry firmly fixed in his character, and was competent to make his own way when he reached America. In 1872 he located at Marquette, Michigan, but in 1875 went west to California, and remained in the Golden State for five years. In 1880 Mr. Larson came to Waupaca County and bought eighty acres of the farm which he now owns and occupies. At the same time he homesteaded forty acres nearby, and all of this land is now under improvement. The commodious buildings found on the farm are the product mainly of his own handiwork as a practical carpenter, and he has added some improvements or item of value to his farm almost every year since he located there.

He now has a complete lighting system installed for use in his home and outbuildings and has many of the comforts which are usually found only in city homes. Mr. Larson features the Holstein cattle as the principal revenue producers on his farm.

Having children growing up in his home, he has naturally been interested in the welfare of the local schools and served a number of years on the school board. For two terms he was supervisor of his township. He is a republican in politics and a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church.

In 1874 in Marquette, Michigan, he married Miss Olivia Larson. She was born in Sweden in 1848. Her father died in the old country and her mother subsequently came to America and lived at St. Paul, Minnesota, where she died at the home of a son in 1901. Mrs. Larson was a splendid companion and helpmate to her husband, and during the thirty years of their married life she reared a family to self-respecting manhood and womanhood. Her death occurred in August, 1906. There were seven children, a brief record of them being as follows: Emilia Sophia, who was born in California and died at Sheridan, in Waupaca County, in August, 1905; Emil, who died when fifteen years old; Arthur, who is a mail carrier and farmer at Sheridan; Edith Christine, wife of Clarence C. Nelson, living in South Dakota; Almo, who has bought his father's farm, married Emma Abbey, daughter of William Abbey, of Milladore, Wisconsin, and they have one child, Wilbur; Walter, who is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in the technical course, is now a successful young mechanical engineer at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Freeda is a graduate nurse, having taken her training in the Cook County Hospital, of Chicago, and is now practicing her profession in that city.


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.


Frida (Norlin) Roach and son, Norlin Joseph Roche, Emma (Abbey) Larson and son, Wilbur Larson, and Carl Cornelius Larson, June, 1923.


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.


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Helen and Ruth Bickett, about 1924, at the family home, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


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.


Ruth Bickett and friend, probably Mary Celeste Hawkins, Bickett Residence, Watertown, WI, ca 1925.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson Confirmation Picture, Waupaca Co., WI, about 1927.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson Graduated from the 8th Grade, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, on May 27, 1927.


   

"To Ruth Bickett. My birthday party is on June 6, 1928 - 12 years old. Hope you like it. Merry Xmas. From Mary Hawkins." Ruth Bickett (age 11) is on the far left. The 1930 U. S. Census shows the Kenneth Hawkins family is living at 1010 8th Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI. He is a Bee Ware Factory Sales Manager. Mary Celeste Hawkins was born June 6, 1916, in Aurora, DuPage Co., IL, and died December 19, 1996, in Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., WI, at age 80. She is the daughter of Kennith Hawkins of Plainfield, Will Co., IL, and Mary Hilda Zidek of North Dakota. She married Kenneth Joseph Rhodes May 14, 1940, in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co., WI. Kenneth Joseph Rhodes was born February 11, 1911, in Watertown, Dodge Co., WI, and died January 25, 1981, at the home of a son, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI, at age 69.


Ruth Bickett and her 7th Grade School Classmates, Watertown, WI, 1929.


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 Farm Farmer, and who owns his farm, and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Emma Larson (age 46) born in Wisconsin to English Canadian and Wisconsin-born parents, and first married at age 26; his unmarried son, Wilbur Larson (age 16) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his niece, Marian Stratman (age 14) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and an unmarried male lodger, Leslie Harris (age 30) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, a Farm Laborer.

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).


Wilbur Larson, James and James Jr. and Jean Copeland, Larson Farm, August, 1930.


   

Ruth Bickett and her 8th Grade School Classmates, Watertown, WI, 1930.


Wilbur Larson and the dog, dear old Carlo, Larson Farm, August, 1930.


Ruth Bickett, about 1930. Taken at 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


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.


   

Ruth Gertrude Bickett, ca 1932.


   

Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson was in the Waupaca High School Senior Class Play of "When's Your Birthday?" Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, Friday, April 24, 1931.


Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Wednesday, April 29, 1931

Oakland, Farmington, April 28 - Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson, Mrs. Carl Johnson, Marion Stratman, Mrs. Chris. Larson and son and Virgil, Sylvia, Stella, Reuben, Arthur and Gordon Trinrud attended the senior class play at Waupaca Friday evening. Wilbur Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson, took a leading part in the play.


Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Wednesday, May 27, 1931

Oakland, Farmington, May 26 - Those who will graduate from Waupaca high school this week from our district are Wilbur Larson, Alton Johnson and Gordon Trinrud.


Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson High School Graduation Picture, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, 1931.


Wilbur Larson, 1933.


Wilbur Larson Fraternity House, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, ca 1934.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI, Saturday, March 24, 1934

Waupaca - Wilbur Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Almo J. Larson, is included among 67 University of Wisconsin men, who received assignments as non-commissioned officers in the University's R. O. T. C. this week.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Monday, June 18, 1934

OAKLAND BRIEFS

Oakland. Farmington. June 16 - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis and three boys of Birmingham, La. arrived last Thursday for a 10-day visit with her brothers and family, Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson.

Wilbur Larson came home Friday from Madison to spend a week. He leaves again Friday for camp.

Mrs. Almo Larson, Mrs. Robert Lewis, Miss Edith Anderson, Miss Hannah Erickson and Mrs. Christ Larson attended circle meeting of their club Thursday afternoon with Miss Esther Erickson.


Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Wednesday, August 8, 1934

Oakland, Farmington, August 7 - Wilbur Larson came home Tuesday after spending six weeks at an officer's training camp in Michigan.


Ruth Bickett and High School Group Picture, Watertown High School, about 1934.


Ruth Bickett and friends, about 1934.


   

Ruth Gertrude Bickett, about 1935.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI, Saturday, April 6, 1935

Waupaca Students are Active in Affairs at Wisconsin University

Special to Post-Crescent

Waupaca - Wilbur Larson is a senior studying economics, a member of Delta Sigma Pi, professional commerce fraternity, and a first lieutenent in the Reserve Officers Training corps.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Badger Beauty Name List, 1935.


The Milwaukee Journal, Sunday, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI, 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 cigarette 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)


Ruth G. Bickett furnished the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity with her UW Madison Activities Record, 1935.


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Ruth Bickett, about 1936.


   

Wilbur Larson, a University of Wisconsin, Madison, student, at the Larson farm, Waupaca, about 1937.


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.


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.


Victor George Edward "Vic" Fiegel (age 28), a bachelor, and Helen Means Bickett (age 26), a maiden, were married October 16, 1938, in the City of Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


   

Helen Means Bickett, in her wedding dress, with her sister, Ruth Gertrude Bickett, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


Ruth and Helen Bickett, and two others, all smoking! Taken at 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, at the time of Helen's October 16, 1938, wedding.


Wilbur Larson with Military Rifle, at Camp.


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


Wilbur Almo Larson and Ruth Gertrude Bickett Marriage Certificate, Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, March 2, 1940.


Wilbur Almo Larson and Ruth Gertrude Bickett Marriage Certificate, Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA, March 2, 1940.


   

Letter to the newlyweds, Wilbur and Ruth Larson, from Almo and Emma Larson, welcoming them into the family, March 3, 1940.


Wilbur Almo Larson VD Test Results, Watertown, Jefferson C., WI, March 12, 1940.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 18, 1940, shows Almo Larson (age 54) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 1 year of College, is a married Farmer of a Farm, and who owns his farm worth $2,000 and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Emma Larson (age 56) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School; his unmarried son, Royal Swenson (age 16) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 2 years of High School; his daughter, Deloros Swenson (age 14) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 1 year of High School; his son, Donald Swenson (age 11) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 5 years of School; his son, Robert Mathewson (age 14) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 1 year of High School; his widowed mother-in-law, Ida Abbey (age 82) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, and with 8 years of School; and an unmarried Hired Hand, Richard Johnson (age 19) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 8 years of School, a Farm Hand. Leigh Larson note: The four children that the census taker listed Almo's, were not his natural children, but may have been foster children. The Almo Larson home housed numerous foster children and wards of the court.

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.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1940, shows Charles Fuller (age 32) born in Germany, and a Naturalized Citizen, and having completed 2 years of college, and 5 years ago was living in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE, is a Butcher at a Retail Meat Market who is renting his home for $18/month and is living at 307 E. Superior Street, 2nd Ward, City of Missouri Valley, St. John Twp., Harrison Co., IA. Living with him is his wife, Cleo F. Fuller (age 22) born in Iowa and having completed 2 years of High School, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Harrison Co., IA.


   

Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, about 1940.


Leigh Rex Larson was born March 12, 1941, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


   

Wilbur and Ruth Larson's Blood Tests on the day of Leigh's birth, March 12, 1941, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


   

Wilbur Larson and son Leigh, Bickett Residence, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, March, 1941.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI, Friday, September 26, 1941

Waupaca Youth Takes Examination for Army

Waupaca - Wilbur Larson, Milwaukee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson, is in Chicago this week for final physical examinations for the army, and expects to report Oct. 2 at Camp Livingston for service. Wilbur, who is in the employ of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation, was a first lieutenant in the R. O. T. C. while a student at the University of Wisconsin.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI, Wednesday, December 3, 1941

Waupaca - Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson left Tuesday evening for Watertown where Mrs. Larson will join her daughter-in-law and small grandson and go to Atlanta Ga., to visit at the home of Major and Mrs. R. A. Lewis. Mrs. Lewis was the former Frieda Larson of this city. From they will motor to Fort Benning at Columbus, Ga., where Lieutenant Wilbur Larson is stationed. Mrs. Larson and infant son will remain with Lieutenant Larson while his mother will return by plane after a short visit. Lieutenant Larson has been, until recently, under Major Loren Gmeinder at Camp Livingston, La., Major Gmeinder also being a former Waupaca man.


           

Leigh Larson at age 9 Months, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, December, 1941. The dogs, left to right, are Sniffy, Minnie and Dixie.


       

Leigh in Watertown at age 9 Months, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, December, 1941.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, Roy Bickett and Minnie the dog, probably at Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, probably at Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, probably at Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941.


Roy and Ruth (Bickett) Larson, Bushey's Cabin, Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941.


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Roy Bickett, Wilbur Larson, and Unknown, at Bushey's Cabin, Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941. Herman Witt was born March 25, 1904, in Lipowiec, Poland, and died March 7, 1976, in Minocqua, Oneida Co., WI, at age 71. Herman Witt and his wife, Emma Witt, are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodruff, Oneida Co., WI. In 1940 he lived in Minocqua, Oneida Co., WI, and his occupation was a Trapper.


   

Bushey's Cabin, Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941 (left), and 2016 (right).


Roy Bickett and Wilbur Larson at Bushey's Cabin, Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941.


Wilbur Larson at Bushey's Cabin, Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, WI, 1941.


Ruth and Leigh Larson - Watertown, WI, 1942.


Reed Allan Larson was born September 25, 1942, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


Wilbur Larson, Captain, Infantry, September, 1942.


Ruth Bickett Larson with Dixie the dog, probably at the Chain o' Lakes, King, Waupaca Co., WI, ca 1941.


Leigh Larson with Coca Cola Bottle, on Lawn of Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1942.


Leigh Larson standing on Respirator Cushion, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1942.


Leigh at age 1 with grandmother Gertrude Bickett, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1942.


Leigh Larson, Bickett Residence,Christmas, 1942.


Leigh, Reed, and Ruth Larson, Bickett Residence, Christmas, 1942.


Ruth Larson and Leigh Larson, Bickett Residence, ca. 1943.


       

Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1943.


Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, Christmas, 1943.


Leigh Larson and Minnie the Dog in the Snow, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


Leigh Larson in Snow, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


Ruth and Leigh Larson, Bickett Residence, ca 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, with her son, Leigh, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, ca 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson and Gertrude Bickett, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Leigh Larson with a Pipe, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, ca 1943.


Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


Reed Larson at Christmas, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, ca. 1942.


Leigh Larson and Minnie the Dog in the Snow, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


Leigh Larson in Snow, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


Leigh Larson at Tree 2, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


Leigh Larson on Steps, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


 

   

Reed and Leigh Larson by tree, Bickett Residence, about 1944.


   

Leigh Larson in the window of Roy Bickett's 1940 Lincoln Zephyr car, Watertown, WI, 1943.


Leigh Larson behind Roy Bickett's 1940 Lincoln Zephyr car, Bickett residence, Watertown, WI, ca. 1943.


Minnie the Dog, Reed Larson and Leigh Larson in Bickett Residence Yard, about 1943.


   

LeRoy Bickett, with Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, Christmas, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, December, 1943.


       

Leigh and Reed Larson in Raggedy Andy Hat Costumes, 1943.


Ruth, Leigh and Reed Larson, Bickett Residence Steps, about April, 1943.


       

Leigh and Reed Larson on Tricycles, Bickett Residence, about June, 1943.


Ruth and Leigh Larson, Bickett Residence, about December, 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, with her son, Leigh, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Leigh Larson at Tree, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


Leigh Larson on Steps, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


   

   

"Pal" Bickett with grandsons Leigh, Kirt and Reed at Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Dodge Co., WI, about 1945. The dog is Larson's family pet, Dinah, a Cocker Spaniel. Please note "The End of the Trail Tree."


           

Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, at Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Dodge Co., WI, about 1945.


Leigh and Reed Larson in Raggedy Andy Hat Costume, 1943.


Ruth, Leigh and Reed Larson, Bickett Residence Steps, ca 1943.


       

Leigh and Reed Larson on Tricycles, Bickett Residence, ca 1943.


Wilbur Larson, Major, CO of Troops Proceiving Officers, May, 1943.


Wilbur Larson, Major, Reviewing Ceremony, May, 1943.


Emma Larson with Leigh. Possibly Maude Stratman in background. Larson farm, June, 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, with her son, Leigh, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson and Gertrude Bickett, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) 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.

Ruth Larson was an American Red Cross Nurses Aide in the United States Citizens Defense Corps of Wisconsin, dated July, 1943, Watertown, WI.

The American Red Cross Nurses Aide Pledge July, 1943, Watertown, WI.


 

   

Leigh Larson and Reed Larson. Taken at Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1945.


   

Back row, left to right): Ruth (Bickett) Larson, Vic Fiegel, Gertrude (Baker) Bickett. Front row (left to right): Reed Larson, Leigh Larson and Kirt Fiegel. Taken at Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1945.


Leigh Larson, Kirt Fiegel and Reed Larson, on the house roof at Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1945.


Leigh Larson, Kirt Fiegel and Reed Larson, taken at Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, about 1945.


Reed Larson, Ruth (Bickett) Larson, and Leigh Larson, Watertown, WI, 1943.


   

Reed and Leigh Larson by tree, Bickett Residence, ca 1945.


Ruth, Leigh, and Reed Larson, Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, July, 1945.


   

Leigh and Reed Larson, about 1945.


Wilbur Larson, Major, Infantry, Australia, April 18, 1945.


   

Bill Larson at Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, July, 1945.


Wilbur Larson, on military furlough, Larson Farm, July, 1945.


Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, WI, Monday, July 16, 1945

Waupaca -

Major Wilbur A. Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson who has been overseas for four years, is visiting at the home of his parents. With him are his wife and two children from Watertown. Wilbur, who spent much of his time in Australia, is having a 30-day furlough.

Mrs. Donal Egelus, the former Marion Stratman, daughter of Mrs. Maude Stratman, who is visiting her husband's parents in Jerome, Idaho, has learned that her husband, Chief Petty Officer Donal Egelus, is en route to the United States from Hawaii. Mrs. Egelus was superintendent of surgery in Queen's hospital, Honolulu, from 1940 until her return a year ago because of ill health. She is now conducting a clinic for Mexican laborers in Jerome.


Wilbur Larson was separated from Active Duty service on January 23, 1946.


       

Leigh Larson, Sherry Indestad and Reed Larson, Larson farm, 1946.


Wilbur and Ruth Larson, ca 1946.


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Wilbur Larson, Watertown, WI, 1947.


Bruce Dean Larson was born September 29, 1949, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


Wilbur Larson and family, Watertown, WI, ca. 1950.


The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI, Sunday, August 17, 1952

Egrets Flock to Wisconsin Wild Life Haven

By MARY DECKER

Watertown, Wis. - Submarginal farming lands, diked to hold the waters of 15 springs on the mile square holdings of LeRoy M. Bickett, have been converted into a wild life oasis which in a period of several years has come to be the evening camp of more than a thousand American egrets. They come when the night comes and stand silently tall like white unlighted candles in the treetops. Lying along the great marsh which stretches north to Beaver Dam and Fox lakes, Bickett's wild life oasis was a barren land for the most part when he took it over in 1945. A roile of dike was laid and tamped and the pools soon grew to reeds, sedges and all the rest of the blooming marsh plants. Then the birds came: Marsh wrens, black capped night herons, members of the rail family, ducks and geese and finally, three years ago, the egrets. Only 200 came that first year, but since then they have come in greater flocks until now, along with their lesser cousins, the snowy egret and the little blue heron, they fill the evenings with calls of contentment as they settle out of the sky to roost.

More than 60 years ago the government came this way. A pipe was driven many feet into the ground to test the subsoil, and it spurted a white plume water until an unthinking teamster hitched his horses to the pipe and broke it off. Even before that day the Indians used the marsh. Still standing is a tree bent away over to the ground to mark the trail's end and to signal that at this point the trail was no longer passable.

Bickett calls his farm the Lee-Ki-Ree ranch, a combination of the first initials of his three grandsons. "It is for them," Bickett says stretching a hand out toward the land, "for their enjoyment and for their education." The youngsters call him Pal. He built a tree house big enough for the three to sleep in. They idolize the Watertown industrialist and roam the farm with him..

The news pools harbor trout and Bickett says he will allow anglers to fish them. Trees have been left standing on the hummocks of land to break the skyline, and the handiwork of man is no longer discernable under the lush growth of greenery. That is the Lee-Ki-Ree ranch, a new monument to practical land use under a new order of reclamation which provides room for the wild as well as the domestic animals and birds of the earth.

Three grandsons for whom Le Roy Bickett, Watertown, Wis., named his square mile farm and wild life oasis are shown on the edge of the marsh with their grandfather. The boys (left to right) are Leigh and Reed Larson and Kirt Fiegel. The Bickett holdings, roosting grounds of hundreds of white egrets, are named from the first initials of the boys: Lee-Ki-Ree ranch. Ducks and geese also visit the marsh.


   

The cabin at Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, Oneida Co., WI, 1953.

   

The cabin at Swamsauger Lake, near Tripoli, Oneida Co., WI, 2016.


           

The side and end of the boathouse at Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, after Bill Larson painted it, 1953 (left and center), and in 2016 (right).


   

The cabin at Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, 2016.


Leigh Larson, Lee Dornfeld, Chessie the dog, and Roy Bickett, Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Summer, 1954.


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.


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.


       

A list of Watertown Curtain Club members, January 16, 1948.


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


Leigh's first fish, Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, ca 1946.


Leigh and Reed Larson, about 1947.


Wilbur Larson Photo, about 1948.


Wilbur Larson Photo, about 1948.


Leigh and his brother, Reed, attended the Camp Ajawah Boy Scout Camp for two weeks in the summer of 1951, located at Linwood Lake, near Wyoming, Chisago Co., MN. It is located approximately 35 miles north of the Twin Cities near I35. http://www.ajawah.org/boys.html     


Reed, Leigh and Bruce Larson, about 1951.


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Abbey Picnic at the L. H. Andersons lake home, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951

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Abbey Picnic at the L. H. Andersons lake home, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951


   

Larson Brothers, Christmas, December 25, 1952, N. Monroe St., Watertown, Dodge Co., WI.


Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson, at home, Watertown, WI.


   

Leigh and Reed Larson's Snow House, 406 S. Washington St., Watertown, WI, ca 1957.


Pier, Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, June, 1957.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson passport photo, about 1960.


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


L. M. Bickett Office Employee Christmas Party, Larson residence, 406 S. Washington Street, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, about 1960. Among those in the picture are Wilbur and Ruth Larson, Joe Verra, Joe "Jeff" Jefferson, Frieda Moldenhauer and Joe Neisius. 


Leigh's University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dane Co., WI, 1963, Graduation Picture, age 22.


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


               

Ruth Larson was a major player in the March 8, 1969, Watertown Curtain Club production of the play, "You Can't Take It With You." 


The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, Thursday, April 29, 1971.

Country Club Activities For 1971 to Be Announced


Ruth Larson and Golfing Ladies, WCC, Watertown, Dodge Co., WI.


Polysar Progress, a publication of synthetic rubber polymer manufacturer Polysar, Ltd., Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, featured Hi-Life Runner Inc. in their March-April edition.


   

Wilbur Larson became a Delta Sigma Pi Life Member on December 15, 1977. 


Wilbur and Ruth Larson had a party at the Pine Knoll Supper Club, Lake Mills, WI, about 1983. Ruth Larson remarked about the reason for the party "There's no special occasion... it's just time to have a party."


   

Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson attended her 50th Watertown Class Reunion, in 1984, held at the Watertown Country Club, Watertown, Dodge Co., WI.


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Wilbur Larson Photos, December, 1984.


Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson was accepted as a member of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on October 11, 1985.


Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson DAR Certificate.


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Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson and Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson, 1986.


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.


Ruth Gertrude (Bickett) Larson "The Final Call."


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

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


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.


Hi-Life Rubber Inc. received a Wisconsin Governor's New Product Award in 1990.


The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, Tuesday, March 27, 1990

Hi-Life Rubber bounces forward in Johnson Creek

 Hi-Life Rubber Inc. article about rubber manufacturing.


       

Hi-Life Rubber Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary at Watertown Country Club, Watertown, WI.


   

 Left to Right: Margaret Estelle "Muggsie" (Aderhold) (Shipman) Abbey, Dan Robert Abbey, Cleo Elizabeth (Mikkleson) (Fuller) (Anderson) Larson, and Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson. Photos taken January 26, 1991, at the Larson residence, 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 Bay, 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.


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August 10, 1992


   

Bill and Cleo Larson, about 1992.


Cleo and Bill Larson, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, 1994


Bill and Cleo Larson, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, 1995


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.


Watertown, WI, 1998


Lake Mills, WI, 2000


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, July 28, 2000

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.


   

"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


 


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 Bay, 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.


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


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, Saturday, September 23, 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 Nay veteran. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter; parents; three sisters; and four brothers. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Road, with visitation one hour before services. Contributions: Heart Assist Fund, P.O. Box 7038, Phoenix 85011.


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 Nay 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.

Gary Lewis Ray and Larri Sue Moore were married December 20, 1969, in Los Angeles Co., CA.

Trevor Thomas Ray was born November 25, 1974, in Saint George, Washington Co., UT.

Gary Lewis Ray and Larri Sue (Moore) Ray were divorced before 1979.

Gary Lewis Ray and Mary Elizabeth "Beth" (Fuller) Strub were married April 28, 1979, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV.

Paul Victor Kolan and Larri Sue (Moore) Ray were married May 4, 1979, in Utah Co., UT.


The Daily Spectrum, Saint George, UT, Friday, January 14, 1983

Young Cowboy fan gets his last wish

SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - A dream will come true Saturday for a suburban Salt Lake City boy with an inoperable brain tumor. He will get to meet the Dallas Cowboys football team. Trevor Ray, 8, will be flown to Dallas Friday morning by the Tomorrow Today Foundation, a Utah group established a few months ago to grant the last wishes of dying children. Foundation officials said the boy will attend a Cowboys practice Saturday, meet team members and get the chance to participate in a huddle. Trevor will be given an autographed football to take home. "I was born and raised in Dallas, and he's a big Cowboys fan," said Larri Kolan, Sandy, Utah, the boy's mother. "It will be a thrill for him to meet (quarterback) Danny White and the Cowboys." While Trevor ins in Texas, he'll have a chance to see a great-aunt and uncle and a great-grandmother. "None of these people have seen him since he was two months old," Mrs. Kolan said. The boy already has pictures of the Cowboys that were sent to him when he was receiving treatment at Primary Children's Medical Center in  Salt Lake City, where he underwent surgery using new laser techniques. Trevor's tumor was diagnosed when he was in the first grade, although the doctors suspected it had been present for some time. He did well after returning home following surgery, being promoted to the second grade and learning to ride his bike again. "We had nine great months," Mrs. Kolan said. However, the boy's condition deteriorated last summer and doctors at Primary Children's said they considered the tumor to be inoperable now. The Utah youth has responded well to radiation therapy and is also undergoing cheno-therapy. "He's a remarkable kid," Mrs. Kolan said. "He gives it all he's worth and keeps going. We're inspired by his courage."


The Daily Spectrum, Saint George, UT, Monday, January 17, 1983

Young Cowboy fan gets his last wish

IRVING Texas - Trevor Ray, 8, of Salt Lake City talks with Dallas Cowboys kicker Rafael Septien after the Cowboys 37-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Texas Stadium. The youth has inoperable brain cancer and had expressed a wish to meet players on the Cowboys, especially Danny White, the quarterback. A nonprofit organization in Utah made his last wish come true. UPI


Trevor Thomas Ray died May 10, 1983, in Utah, at age 8. Buried in Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Sandy, Salt Lake City Co., UT.


The American Fork Citizen, American Fork, UT, Thursday, May 12, 1983

obituaries

Trevor T. Ray

Trevor Thomas Ray, 8, of Sandy, Utah, died May 10th in his home following an extended illness. Trevor was born November 25, 1974 in St. George, Utah to Gary Lewis and Larri Sue Moore. He was a member of the LDS Church and a student at Quail Hollow Elementary School in Sandy, Utah. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Larri Sue and Paul V. Kolan of Sandy, Utah; his father and stepmother Gary and Beth Ray of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother Jason; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hunt of Mesa, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ray of Orem, Utah; step-grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Victor Kolan of Lehi, Utah, Mrs. Cleo Anderson of Sun City, Ariz., and Mrs. Charles Fuller of Benson, Ariz., step-great-grand-mothers Elnora Gray of Lehi, Utah and Margaret Kolan of Bessimer, Michigan. A viewing will be held at Larkin's Sunset Gardens, 10600 South, 1700 East, Sandy, Utah, Friday May 13th, 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 14th at the Granite 10th Ward Chapel, 2535 Newcastle Drive (take Quail Holow Drive - 9400 South and 2340 East - to New Castle), 12 o'clock noon. A viewing will also be held one hour prior to services in the Relief Society Room.


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.


The Valley Times.

About June 7, 1963

 

Gary Ray, Packard Photography, L. A. Library

 

May 22, 1963, John Burroughs High School.

Charles Fuller SSN: 478-07-4067, 12/11/1936


 

Capital Journal (Pierre, SD) - Friday, April 27, 2018

Kayln Sue Hanson Johnson, 72

Kayln Sue Hanson Johnson, 72
Capital Journal (Pierre, SD) - Friday, April 27, 2018
Kayln Sue Hanson Johnson, 72, passed away peacefully March 14, 2018, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born February 14, 1946, in Yankton, SD, to Florence (Skov) and Melvin Hanson of Mission Hill. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1964, Augustana College in 1968 with a BA in English, Auburn University in 1971 with a Masters in English, and the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1989 with an MBA in Long Term Care/Special Care Units. After living and working in Alabama for 13 years, in 1982 she returned to Sioux Falls to work at Citibank. In 1986 she found her true calling-she spent the next 28 years as an administrator with Good Samaritan Society working in Sioux Falls (Luther Manor), SD, LasCruces, NM, Albuquerque, NM, and Kissimmee, FL.

In addition to her career, Kayln was known for singing, playing piano and accordion, humorous writing, and painting beautiful pieces of art. She loved the outdoors, having a good time, and going one speed-nonstop. But more than anything, she had a way of making everyone she knew feel she was their "best friend". Her biggest hobby was friendships-from childhood, high school, college, church, work, residents at the facilities she directed-she made friends everywhere. She nurtured and cultivated those friendships and her calendar was full as she traveled the world to visit them all.

Kayln had a life filled with accomplishments, but her pride and joy was her immediate and extended family. She also enjoyed her time with special friend, Victor Vermillion of Panama City, FL. Kayln is survived by: her children, Tiffany (Dr. Gonzalo) Sanchez of Fort Pierre, SD, and Jed (Nici) Johnson of Sidney, NE; her seven wonderful grandchildren: Cougar (Douglas, WY), Peter, Riggs and Lily Sanchez, and Jack, Jonas and Joel Johnson; her sisters Sharon (Dave) Thompson of Garden Grove, CA, and Lynda (Rob) Johns of Omaha, NE, and brother Lynn "Butch " (Beth) Hanson of Mission Hill, SD; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her special Aunt Berniece Sorenson of Kenosha, WI.

A celebration of Kayln's life will take place at the Chapel of Reconciliation on the campus of her alma mater; Augustana University on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm with a lunch at Kaladi's following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Kayln, make your time count by doing something FUN with someone you love! Please direct memorials to Augustana University or Dougherty Hospice House.

 

 

Married June 22, 1946, in Yankton Co., SD, to Dennis Wayne Johnson.

 

 


 

 

 

 


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.


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. Leigh attended Lincoln Elementary School.

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

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

Photo ca. 1959.

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