|August 4th, 1861 entry in the Diary of James P. McPherson, Springdale, Wisconsin|
On August 4th, 1861, he made the following entry: "4th Sun. At Morichs. Married Michael Bilse & Wilhelmina Fenstrer."
The diary entry is not specific; however, the wedding ceremony for Michael and Wilhelmina may have been performed at the home of McPherson's neighbor and friend, Christian Morich. Bilse was from the village of Perry, some 15 to 20 miles south of Springdale. The couple apparently then returned to make their home in Perry.
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