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October 5, 2011

Mike and Elizabeth Hauck of Provost are marking 70 years of married life on October 13 and in an interview share some of their thoughts. A wedding photo shows the couple as they just started out together to live in the Bodo district, working the land and tending to cattle. Photo above: a kiss—always a kiss before they part. Elizabeth lives at Hillcrest Lodge and Mike is at the continuing care wing of the Provost Health Centre. ©Provost News Photo.
Mike and Elizabeth Hauck Had No Time For Honeymoon; Now Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage
Provost residents Mike and Elizabeth Hauck were honoured over the weekend to help mark their 70th wedding anniversary coming up in just over a week.

The celebration was held on Saturday, October 1 so family could get together for a mass at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Provost followed by an open house at the Legion Hall.

The News recently interviewed the married couple at Mike’s residence in town.

Provost News: When and where were you married?
Elizabeth and, or Mike: October 13, 1941 at Mount Carmel Church, Bodo.

PN: What do you each recall about your wedding day?
Elizabeth: Well it was a busy day. We were married at 10 a.m. and danced all day and all night. In our church there were no marriages in the afternoon. We had a double wedding—Mike’s sister Annie who has since moved away is still living, married Jack Fleck (who has since passed away).

PN: How old were you when you were married?
Elizabeth: Mike was 25 and is 95 today; I was 18 and today I am 87.

PN: Who married you?
Elizabeth: The priest at Bodo, Rev. Becker.

PN: How many attended the wedding?
Elizabeth: The church was full.

PN: Was there a meal or how were things celebrated after the wedding?
Elizabeth: There was dancing, then a meal and then more dancing.

PN: Where were you born?
E-M: In the south Rosenheim district. Mike’s parents were Frances (Scherger) and Anton Hauck. Elizabeth: near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, by Compeer. Adam and Philomina Keller were her parents.

PN: Where did you live after you were married?
Elizabeth: We lived with Mike’s folks for two weeks while getting our home ready at Bodo where we lived until the 1980s and then we moved to Provost.

PN: Was there a honeymoon?
Elizabeth: No, there was no such thing—or time.

PN: Can you recall one or two hardships that you went through over the years?
Elizabeth: We had a cyclone go through our farm on July 14, 1945 (see pictures in this paper, supplied by family). It did a lot of damage with part of the barn coming through the house. It was very strong. One of the young children (Doreen Wirachowsky who still lives at Bodo) was lying on the bed at the time, and I dug her out from under the lumber. She was okay. Mike was away working on a road gang during the summer and came home that day to discover the damage and didn’t know what happened. So he walked to his dad’s place and found me and the two girls.

PN: What did you do over the years to earn a living?

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Provost ‘A Tidy Town’ Say Communities in Bloom Judges
. . . in Detailed Evaluation Data

Provost’s 2011 Communities in Bloom group with local co-operation of residents, groups, businesses and governments earned five out of five blooms in the provincial competition (see PN Sept. 28) and The News was given details of comments and suggestions from judges.

Provost was judged in the population category of 2,001 to 6,000 people.

The evaluation is based on eight criteria, divided into the six following sections, assessing four sectors of the community: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape (including turf and ground covers), and floral displays. Community involvement is included in each of these sections.

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This week we ask: "What Do You Like About the Farmers’ Market?"
. . . and we heard answers from Linda Broemeling, Luther Lerseth, Theresa Koch and Ida Miller. Check out the
October 5 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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