Burnside, Ralph H. & Clara E. Snowden (Marriage 1893)
Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 7/31/2011 at 16:39:11
September 7, 1893
The wedding of Mr. Ralph H. Burnside, of Oskaloosa, and Miss Clara E.
Snowden, of LeMars, at the Congregational church yesterday morning was
witnessed by a very large audience. Although the ceremony took place at the
early hour of eight o'clock in the morning, the church was crowded including
the lecture room and gallery.
The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, the work of lady friends
of the bride. To the time of the wedding march, superbly executed on the
pipe organ by Miss Hattie Dresselhuys, the bride and groom entered the
church and marched down the aisle proceeded by little Helen Snowden and
Alice Burnside, sisters of the contracting parties, dressed in white and
At the alter they were met by Rev. Jas. E. Snowden, father of the bride, who
in solemn and fervent language pronounced the ceremony which gave his
favorite daughter into the keeping of another man, but one whom from life
long acquaintance is considered worthy of the precious charge given into his
The bride was beautiful in a dress of purest white.
After the ceremony, the wedding party returned to the home of the bride's
parents for the wedding breakfast and later took the train for Oskaloosa
where they will make their future home.
It would be impracticable to attempt to describe in detail the large
collection of valuable presents that testify to the esteem of a host of
friends. Among them were the gifts of the bride's Sunday school class and of
the Young People's society of Christian Endeavor.
The groom is a successful and popular young business man of Oskaloosa.
The bride will be greatly missed from LeMars where she endeared herself to a
very large circle of friends in church and school and society, by her gentle
manners and sterling qualities of head and heart.
She has been a very successful and popular teacher and a very efficient
worker in church and Sunday school as well as a general favorite in society.
She will be warmly welcomed back to her old home at Oskaloosa.
There were present from Oskaloosa, Wm. Burnside and wife, father and mother,
and Charles, Alice and Mary, brother and sisters of the groom.
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