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Still smiling after all these years


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

The true love tale of Kent and Ida Mae Bacon, of Rushford, is one filled with the stuff of movies. While the couple grew up in Adams County, Wisconsin, they never met until Ida Mae’s senior year in high school. Likely unknowingly passing by each other many times, they didn’t meet until a dance at Friendship Hall when Ida Mae’s best friend Martha began dating Kent.

“I didn’t even like him at first,” Ida Mae chuckles. “I was very outgoing and he was an introvert.” The two both loved to dance and Kent even called some local square dances. Eventually, Ida Mae’s smile got to Kent and something sparked between the two. “I got him away from her,” Ida Mae laughs. “He married me and got over being an introvert. He’s very serious and I’m the nut in the family.”

The couple, then 18 and 23, planned a simple wedding for September 28, 1956. The ceremony was held at Friendship Congregational Church with a reception at the same hall where they’d met. “My dress was made by my aunt, Kathryn Logenstein, and I helped a bit,” she recalls. “It had buttons down the sleeve and was modest; floor length. Kent wore his Sunday suit.”

Surprisingly, the couple was attended by their mutual friend, Martha, who must have known they were made for each other. Kent’s sister Nola served as another bridesmaid and Kent’s cousin Wilbur Bacon served as best man, while Ida’s brother Harold Williams, stood in as a groomsman. “We stayed reasonable,” they add about the service details. “The girls wore their prom dresses and the men wore their Sunday suits.”

They admit they don’t’ remember too many details of the day, being young and nervous. Still, they knew they were making the right decision. “We were serious about it and felt secure.”

Two months after marrying, Kent was drafted into service. “We spent those first two years apart,” says Ida Mae. At the time Kent departed, she was pregnant with couple’s first child. He was first stationed at Fort Leonard wood, Missouri, before heading east. Ida Mae moved back in with her parents to help support her and the baby. Kent, meanwhile shipped out for Germany, where he served two years before coming home.

While difficult, the couple was divinely positioned during those years. While both had grown up in the church, Ida Mae’s faith grew in Kent’s absence. All the while, another young man in the service be .....
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Harmony couple celebrates 64 years of marriage

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

When Wayne Lenz first saw Ruth at a young people’s meeting at the First Baptist Church in Blue Earth, Minn., he had to ask a friend who she was. It was 1949. She was 16 years old, he was 17. Ruth doesn’t remember how long it took him to finally ..... 
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Did you know?

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

The timing of when a couple cuts the wedding cake can have a specific meaning. Long ago, the cake was usually cut at the very end of the reception and would signal to the guests that it was the end of the festivities. Today, cutting the cake is an u ..... 
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How newlyweds can successfully blend finances

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
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Planning a wedding is a collaborative effort for couples. But the decisions do not end when the wedding reception wraps up for the night. Although couples spend months choosing everything from wedding bands to registry china patterns, even more deci ..... 
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Budding romance blooms into proposal

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

A smoothie brought them together. Although Ashley Case and Phillip LaFleur both attended Fillmore Central High School, they never really got to know each other while in school as Case was a senior when LaFleur was a freshman, so they had no class ..... 
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Budding romance blooms into proposal

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

A smoothie brought them together. Although Ashley Case and Phillip LaFleur both attended Fillmore Central High School, they never really got to know each other while in school as Case was a senior when LaFleur was a freshman, so they had no class ..... 
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Fillmore County resident wins big

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Katie Davidson of Chatfield won $25,000 by playing the Corner Bonus Crossword game. Davidson claimed the prize on Dec. 10, 2015. Preston Motor Mart, 209 Kansas St. N.W. in Preston, sold the winning ticket. Minnesota wins: The L ..... 
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Fillmore County resident wins big

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Katie Davidson of Chatfield won $25,000 by playing the Corner Bonus Crossword game. Davidson claimed the prize on Dec. 10, 2015. Preston Motor Mart, 209 Kansas St. N.W. in Preston, sold the winning ticket. Minnesota wins: The L ..... 
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Bell Ringers

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase were bell ringers for the Salvation Army in front of F & M Community Bank on Friday, December 18. Photo by Jessica Schultz
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