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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Stratford area people,   pp. 166-184


Page 166

Stratford Area People
We asked area residents to submit family stories for publication in the book. Only a small number responded so therear
only a few families represented. We hope you enjoy reading about Stratfordites.
Henry H. Aschbrenner Family
One of the prettiest church weddings ever witnessed here occured last Sunday at Zion's Lutheran church, Rev. Carl Schmalz
officiating. The happy pair are Henry H. Aschbrenner and Miss Emma May Lillge.
The Misses Ella Lillge, Mabel Radant and Hilda Aschbrenner acted as bridesmaids. Mssrs. Frank Aschbrenner, Frederick
Quade and Frederick Lillge performed the duties of groomsmen.
After the ceremony at the church the bridal party retired to the home of the bride where friends and relatives were served a
sumptuous wedding dinner. In the evening a dance was given at the Opera House, the Stratford band furnishing the music. (From
news clipping - June 12, 1910. Newspaper not identified). Courtesy Mrs. Harold Skrenes.
Edward Becher Family
Edward and Bertha Becher had owned and operated
Becher's Ice Cream Parlor at 213 Elm Street in Stratford from
1917to 1949. Edward was born on January 19,1893 in Green-
ville, Wisconsin. He had purchased a Watkins route in this
area and came to Stratford about 1911. Bertha was born near
Wausau on July 23, 1893 and in 1898 came with her parents,
Philip and Magdalene Harter to an area one-half mile west of
Stratford. (Now the Bill Reckner farm.) This became the
future home and farm of the Harter family. After the Becher's
marriage on June 16, 1915, they lived in Stratford. Bertha had
started an ice cream parlor in part of their home at the corner
of Elm and Second Street. She made all the ice cream, using


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