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The Vinton Eagle; January 10, 1905
January 5, 1905

Young Couple Wed at Blairstown

Watson-Schwartz Nuptials - Prominent Young People Join Hands

Blairstown Press. The home of Mrs. Blanche Watson was thrown open last evening for the enjoyment of near 100 guests who assembled to assist in making the marriage of her daughter, Miss Leah Lillian, to Dr. Bernard Frederick Schwartz, one of the brightest and most memorable events of the season in this locality.

Six o'clock was the hour set for the ceremony and in response to the strains of Lohengrims' wedding march played by Miss Matilda Schwartz, sister of the groom, Rev. Foster A. Smiley led the way down stairs and across to the west side of the parlor followed by the groom and best man, Dr. S. H. Watson, brother of the bride. The bride's attendants, Miss Zena Mitchell and Miss Mary Shreeves, led the way for the maid of honor, Miss Dorothy Sells, who was followed to her place by the bride elect.

It is said that if ever a young lady should appear pleasing and beautiful it ought to be her wedding day, and surely this was verified in this event. The picture as made by the grouping of the bridge gowned in white with crepe de chine over white silk, with hand worked yoke and trimmings, and carrying a shower bouquet of white hyacinths; the bride's attendants in page green silk mull over white silk with white carnations and ferns comprising their bouquets; and the gentlemen wearing full evening dress, all grouped against a background of portiers of ropes of smilax and a bank of plants and ferns, was a scene that was well worth the skilled artist's best efforts to reproduce.

Rev. Smiley used the impressive ring ceremony of the Presbyterian church and Dr. S. H. Watson gave the bride away.

Turning to the throng of guests at the close of the benediction the minister introduced to the old friends and associates the new Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz. Congratulations were hearty and heartfelt, both as regards the groom as well as the bride and everyone present vied with each other in doing honor to the twain.

The green and white effect was fully carried out even to the refreshments, which were served on small tables scattered through the rooms, the only exception being the bridal party and relatives who were served in the dining room where ropes of smilax reached from the electrolier to the four corners of the table, which was also decorated with feros. The Misses Huff were the caterers for the occasion, and seven young ladies, intimate friends of the bride, served the elegant three course supper, which the groups of five and six about the various tables gave substantial evidence they were enjoying their full extent. The light from the delicate colored shades and drapery of smilax cast a beautiful color about the several rooms that was restful and pleasing to the eye and the moments seemed to glide away too swiftly.

Words would fail to convey an adequate conception of the rich array of gifts to the bride which were displayed in the upper hall and they were composed of the most useful as well as costly articles.

The bride is a former Vinton girl - born and raised there - and has always held, and continues to hold, the warmest kind of friendship of her associates both there and elsewhere. She was a student at Wisconsin University the past year and a favorite in her class. Her home life since coming here has been fully up to the ideal mark raised by her in former homes and will no doubt be equally high or higher in the future with the helpmate of her choice. The groom is a recent graduate of Northeastern Medical college of Chicago and has already built up for himself a nice practice in his chosen profession (dentistry) at Keystone, and the residents of that locality speak only in terms of praise of his ability and worth.

Dr. and Mrs. Schwartz left last evening for a short trip to Highland, Ill. a suburb of St. Louis, for a visit with a sister of the groom and then to their future home in Keystone, here Dr. Schwartz is building an elegant residence which they hope to occupy in the early spring.

Among the guests present were representatives from Vinton, Lyons, Keystone, Van Horne, Cedar Rapids, Traer, Belle Plaine, Ft. Dodge and Glenwood, all either relatives or intimate associates of the bridge or groom.

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Submitted on 14-Jan-2017 by
John Shuck,

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Van Horne Record; Feb. 9, 1917
Feb. 6, 1917
Van Horne

Schwartz - Burkey

John Schwartz and Gertie Burkey were united in marriage by Rev. Riekowsky Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the German Lutheran parsonge. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strellner.

Both the bride and the groom were dressed in blue. After the ceremony the young couple returned to the Strellner home north of town.

The bride is a daughter of Mrs. C. Burkey of Garrison and is esteemed and honored by her friends and acquaintances.

The groom is a native of Germany. His parents reside in Garrison, but he has been working on farms near Van Horne for some years.

The best wishes of their friends and acquaintances go with these worthy young people on their new journey in life. They expect to go to housekeeping on a farm near Van Horne in the near future.

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Submitted on 16-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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