Penning, William A. & Bessie May Reeves, Marriage Lic. 1916
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Date: 3/15/2005 at 22:48:51
William A. Penning & Bessie May Reeves
January 12, 1916
Courthouse record, Volume 7, Page 283
LeMars Sentinel, January 14, 1916
ARE HAPPILY WEDDED
MARRIAGE OF MISS BESSIE REEVES AND A. W. PENNING
WELL KNOWN YOUNG PEOPLE
Pretty Home Wedding is Celebrated at Noon on Wednesday at the Home of
Bride's FatheróWill Live on Sullivan Farm
The home of J. H. Reeves, residing at 1002 Court Street, was the scene
of a very pretty wedding on Wednesday when his only daughter, Bessie
May, was united in marriage with A. W. Penning.† The ceremony took place
at high noon in the presence of about twenty-five relatives and friends
and was performed by Rev. H. V. Comin, pastor of the First Presbyterian
At the appointed hour the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march played
on the piano by Miss Cynthia Holster heralded the approach of the bridal
party.† The bride and bridegroom, accompanied by their attendants,
descended from an upper room and took their places beneath a floral arch
in the southeast embrasure of the parlor, where the guests were
assembled.† The rooms were prettily decorated in the chosen bridal
colors, pink and white, and white and pink roses, white and pink
carnations, with similax and ferns added their charm to the beauty of
the decorations.† Underneath a prettily fashioned arch formed in pink
and white with a large white wedding bell suspended from the center, the
young people took the vows of fealty and love, the marriage service
being impressively rendered by the officiant, Rev. H. V. Comin.
The bride looked lovely in a most becoming gown of white satin with
georgette crepe and lace and pearl trimmings.† She carried a bouquet of
white bridal roses and lilies of the valley.† Her bridesmaid, Miss Helen
Califas, was attired in a pretty dress of pink satin striped marquisette
over voile.† The bridegroom was attended by his brother, Henry Penning.
The bride was given away by her father.
Following the ceremony hearty congratulations were bestowed on the young
people and then the guest sat down to a four course wedding dinner.† The
table decorations were also in pink and white and at the place of honor
for the bride and bridegroom was a large centerpiece of flowers in these
colors.† The honors of serving were accorded to Misses Lucy Phillips and
Esther Hulsebus, close friends of the bride.
The afternoon and evening were spent in celebrating the happy event.
The newly married young people received a large number of useful and
pretty gifts from admiring friends.
Out of town guests at the wedding were:† Mr. and Mrs. Louis Demaray and
family of Pipestone, Minn., L. E. Penning of Wentworth, S. D., Miss
Jennie Winkel and Wlbert Winkel, of Ashton, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Penning left on the midnight train for the Twin Cities and
other points north and west.† They will be at home to their friends on
the John L. Sullivan farm north of town after March 1.
The bride's going away gown was a dress of Alice blue poplin with
accessories to match.
The bride and bridegroom are members of well known old settle families
and were raised in the neighborhood of Seney.† They are popular with a
large circle of friends and start on their wedded life with the
brightest of prospects for a long happy life.
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