Mr. and Mrs. Elza Moses of Tiskilwa will celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Elza M. Moses and the former Aletha Vivian Freese were married Sept. 15, 1930. They met at a dance in Fullterton, Neb., when his sister introduced them. They always loved to dance.
Elza was born Sept. 26, 1908 and Vivian was born Sept. 10, 1913. They were farmers living in Nebraska until the dust bowl hit and that is when they loaded up their car and moved to Illinois. They worked on farms and rented farms mostly in the Tiskilwa area all of their working lives, except during the war he worked in Mendota at a defense plant making gas cans. After retiring from farming, when Elza was 62, they moved to a home in Tiskilwa and drove buses for the local schools, before retiring completely. They continue to live in their home in Tiskilwa. They both have driver’s licenses and do their own shopping and mow their own lawn. They handle all their own business affairs and have perfect memories.
They are the parents of five daughters, Norma, who died in 1946; Iona (Edward) Bartman, who died in 2005; Bonnie (Gary) Halberg of Peoria; Judy (Gary) Speers of Newcastle, Main; and Nita (Gary) Wyatt of Wyanet. They also have 10 grandchildren, nine of which are living, 28 great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Elza works in his garage workshop almost every day, building bird houses, napkin holders, toy merry-go-rounds and miniature cedar chests. Every family member has something that he has made. Vivian still does all of their cooking and she makes home made jellies, and cans and freezes fruits and vegetables.
Those wishing to send cards may do so to: 430 Arch Street, Tiskilwa, IL 61368.