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Allen- Duncan marriage, 1909


Posted By: Clayton co. coordinator (email)
Date: 8/2/2008 at 01:25:27


A pretty church wedding was solemnized Wednesday evening when Miss Nellie E. Duncan was united in marriage to Mr. John W. Allen of McGregor, Iowa, by Rev. C.H. Stauffacher, pastor of Logan Avenue Evangelical church.

At 8:00 o'clock to the strains of Lohengrin's wedding march, played by Miss Hazel Green, the bridal party came down the aisle. First came the flower girls, little Mildred Heiple and Lettie Altland, dressed in silk mull and strewing the path with rose petals. Then the bride on the arm of her father, Mr. H. Duncan. She looked charming, gowned in a white Messaline satin dress, trimmed in shell pearls, and wearing a net veil caught with a spray of roses, and carried a large shower bridal bouquet. Following the bride came the bridesmaids, Miss Esther Allen and Miss Ethel Moore, clad in white chiffon gowns and carrying white roses.

At the altar beautifully decorated in ferns and white roses, the bride was met by the groom and best man, Mr. Archie Tritz, of McGregor, Iowa and the two little ring bearers, Ella Gales and Edna Moore, who carried the ring on a white satin cushion.

Immediately following the impressive ring service, a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents on Chesnut street. Eighty-five guests were present to shower the happy couple with good wishes and congratulations. During the evening the many beautiful gifts received by the young couple were on display in the library and created much admiration. In the dining room, where the three course wedding supper was served, the decorations were pink and white carnations. The bridal table looked exquisite with trimmings of pink and green. Mrs. Allen has a host of friends in Waterloo. She is a graduate of E.W.H.S. and is a member of the Logan Avenue Evangelical church, being prominent in church circles.

The groom is a resident of McGregor, Iowa, but for the past few months has been making his home in Waterloo. The young couple left last night for a short trip to the home of the groom, at the end of which they will be at home after Dec. 1, at 337 Chestnut street.

Mrs. P.F. Shank, of Sumner; Mrs. Allen, of Elkader; Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Harry & John Smith, of Tripoli; Esther Allen and Archie Tritz of McGregor, and Mr. R. Hall, of Grand Rapids, Mich. were the guests present from out-of-town.

~Waterloo Daily Reporter (Society column)
November 18, 1909

~Note: contributor is not related & has no further information.


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