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Family: Howard Elisha Houck / Elizabeth M Mann Houck (F2080)

m. 24 Jan 1915


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  • Father | Male
    Howard Elisha Houck

    Born  3 Jul 1891  Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2 Apr 1990  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  6 Apr 1990  Delia Cemetery, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  24 Jan 1915  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Lee Thomas Houck | F3745 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Anna Eliza Stalker Houck | F3745 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Elizabeth M Mann Houck

    Born  17 Aug 1894  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  16 Feb 1986  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  18 Feb 1986  Delia Cemetery, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  James Christopher Mann | F2079 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Margaret Cook Mann | F2079 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Bernice Margaret Houck

    Born  30 Nov 1918  Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1946  San Fernando, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Female
    + Virginia Lee Houck Sumner

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    Spouse  Melvin W (Ted) Sumner | F5848 
    Married  3 Aug 1935  Colby, Thomas County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Female
    + Anna Elizabeth Houck Sumner

    Born  12 Nov 1922   
    Died  20 Nov 2016   
    Buried    Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Raymond Arthur Sumner | F3450 
    Married  22 Jun 1942  San Diego, San Diego County, California Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    Lawrence M Houck

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    Child 5 | Male
    Wendell H Houck

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    Child 6 | Male
    John E Houck

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    Child 7 | Male
    Richard H Houck

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    Spouse  Opal Smith Houck | F1042 
    Married  5 Apr 1958  Sacramento, Sacramento County, California Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 8 | Male
    Leroy T Houck

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  • Documents
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 1
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 1
    Delia Couple Wed 50 Years

    Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Houck of Delia will observe their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 24, at the Delia High School.

    They were married January 24, 1915, at Oklahoma City Oklahoma; then came to the Delia community where they have resided since. They have seven living children, Mrs. Virginia Lee Sumner, Mrs. Beth Sumner, both of Hereford, Texas; Lawrence, John and Richard Houck of Sacramento, Calif.; C.M. Sgt. Wendell Houck of Hamilton Air Force Base, Calif.; and Major Leroy Houck, McCoy Air Force, Orlando, Florida. They also have 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 2
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 2
    Are honored on 56th anniversary
    Mr. and Mrs. Howard Houck of Delia were honored by their children on the occasion of their 56th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and reception Jan. 24.

    The dinner and reception were held at the Women’s Club house in Galt, California.

    Their children and families are: Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Houck, Mr. and Mrs. John Houck of Galt; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Houck, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Houck, Sacramento, Calif.; Lt. Col. and Mrs. Leroy T. Houck, Colorado Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sumner, Hereford, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sumner, Tacoma, Washington.

    All were present with the exception of Richard, who was seriously ill at his home.

    There are 20 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Present from this group were Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Houck, Tommy, Jeff and Brian, Gary Houck and Ann Marie, Seaman Bob Houck and Mrs. Houck of San Diego, Calif.;

    Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Bryant, Mrs. Bryant Gomes, Mr. and Mrs. Don George, Kelly and Sheree, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hodges and Allen, Tacoma, Wash.;

    Mr. and Mrs. Ted Sumner, Concord', Calif.; Jean Houck, Lance Sumner, James and Dean Houck, Gregory, Scott, and Brent Houck.

    Other relatives and friends present were: Mr. and Mrs. Oren Stalker, Mrs. Don Sonicksen, San Jose, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Goddard, Culver City, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Clemans, Clovis, Calif.;

    The Rev. and Mrs. Robert Hersh and Bob Jr., Turlock, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Streight Locke, Woodland, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pfeiffer Jr. and children, Yuba City, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Merrit, Washington, Kans.;

    Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Steiner, Mrs. Ronnie Lloyd and Ronnie Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pfeiffer, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Clark and daughters, Miss Paula Almac, Mrs. Thorp, all of Sacramento; and friends from Atwood, California.
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 3
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 3
    Open House
    Reception For The Howard Houcks
    Mr. and Mrs. M. W. (Ted) Sumner, Hereford, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sumner, Tacoma, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Houck, Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Houck and Mr. and Mrs. John Houck, both of Galt, Calif; Col. and Mrs. Leroy Houck, North Bay, Canada; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Houck, Carmichael, Calif.; are hosting an evening reception for their parents’, (Mr. and Mrs. Howard Houck) 60th wedding anniversary which was January 24th. Friends and relatives are invited to the Rossville Community Building Tuesday, March 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 4
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 4
    Houcks Celebrate
    60th Anniversary
    on January 24
    Mr. ar.d Mrs. Howard Houck celebrated 60 years of married life on January 24th.

    They have been honored at a number of dinners.

    Their son Laurence and wife of California were here to celebrate with them and took them to dinner on the night of January 24.

    Delia Presbyterian Church held a reception for the Houcks on Sunday with the traditional cake and punch.

    Mr. and Mrs. Houck received many cards and letters.
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 5
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 5
    65th Anniversary Celebration
    Sunday, January 20, Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Houck of Rossville were honored guests at the Delia Presbyterian church for a bountiful dinner in the church basement, put on by the con-gregation, friends, relatives and acquaintances celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Seventy person signed the guest book.

    A money tree was an interesting centerpiece on the guest book table. Punch and a lovely cake was served later in the day.

    Mr. and Mrs. Houck were married in the home of a friend in Oklahoma City January 24, 1915. They are the parents of seven living children.

    Their entire married life had been spent in the Delia community until they sold their farm and moved to Rossville in the fall of 1974 where they now reside.
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 6
    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 6
    70th anniversary is held


    By Dorothy Hoobler
    January 27, 1985 was a very special day for Mr. and Mrs. Howard Houck, Rossville. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a reception at the Rossville Community Center. The reception was served by the ladies of the Delia Presbyterian Church.

    Having all seven of their children and their spouses home for a grand reunion made the day even more memorable. The children all came from great distances to share the occasion with other relatives and many friends and neighbors. The Houck children are Virginia and Ted Sumner, Hereford, Texas; Beth and Ray Sumner, Tacoma, Washington; Leroy and Shirley Houck, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Lawrence and Marie Houck, South Lake Tahoe, Cal.; Richard and Opal Houck, Carmichael, Cal.; Wendell and Florence Houck and John and Marjorie Houck, of Galt, Cal. Also attending were four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all from California. (Howard and Elizabeth proudly counted up 20 grandchildren and 29 greatgrandchildren.)

    Howard and Elizabeth Mann were married on January 24, 1915 in Oklahoma City, then came back to Kansas. They settled on a farm in the area which his father, a Civil War- veteran, had settled years before. In January, 1933, they moved one mile to what became known as the family homestead, just north of Delia. In 1974, they retired to 329 Main Street in Rossville.

    One of their most unusual and treasured anniversary gifts was a built to scale model of the old home, which was destroyed by fire. Grandson Bob Houck spent 65 hours painstakingly making the two-story, white frame replica whit its many windows, screened-in porch, and shingle roof. The pillared front porch is complete with tiny chairs and a table.

    Mr. Houck explained that he spent one hour on the telephone with Bob, giving details and exact measurements. He remembered them. After all, he helped to build the house, and he lived there 70 years. The Houcks agreed they couldn't think of a gift they'd enjoy more. The model was carefully packed and hand- carried all the way from California. At 93, Howard laments the facts that cataract surgery prevents him from driving, but they just returned in late December from a four month visit in Texas, New Mexico, and California. The trip was a extended visit, because Elizabeth underwent an emergency operation for a pace maker implant when they were in Texas. Mrs. Houck laughed as she related that the surgeon was extremely reluctant to perform such surgery on a 90 year old patient. "But I don't feel like 90,” she said emphatically, as she pedaled the sewing machine, stitching carpet strips for a rag rug.

    The Houcks have beautiful memories of their 70th anniversary. Their many friends who attended the party had a wonderful time, too, and extend their best wishes to this very special couple.
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    Anniversary- Houck, Howard and Elizabeth 7
    Houcks Celebrate 71st Anniversary
    Howard and Elizabeth Houck, Rossville, will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary in the quiet of their home on Friday, January 24, 1986.

    Friends and neighbors celebrated with the Houcks at the Delia Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon in connection with the congregational meeting
    held there.

    The table was decorated with the same decorations used last year at their 70th anniversary. Pictures were taken and “Happy Anniversary” was sung. The top layer with all its decorations from their cake a year ago (which had been frozen) was served. The couple will appreciate cards.