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Steele, William & Miss Amelia Smith, Wedding 1898


Posted By: Linda Ziemann (email)
Date: 10/15/2005 at 21:59:46

Steele, William & Miss Amelia Smith, 24 Nov 1898

Source: LeMars Sentinel, November 28, 1898

The spacious home of Mr. and Mrs. Kehrberg was brilliantly lighted up and beautifully decorated on Thursday evening, the occasion being the wedding of Miss Amelia Smith, of _rowntown, Minn., to Mr. William Steele, of Plymouth county. The house was profusely decorated with chrysanthemums, carnations, and smilax, every room lending its charm in this fashion and many colored lights made a delicious blending of color and light, adding greatly to the general effect of the handsome rooms with their decorations. The wedding took place about 4:30 in the afternoon in the presence of about forty of the friends and relatives of the contracting parties.

At the appointed hour the coming of the bridal party was announced to the assembled guests in the drawing rooms by the strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding March, which as played by Miss Gussie and Miss Nettie Henry on the sweet toned violins.

The bridal couple took their stations accompanied by Miss Amanda Mauer, who was bridesmaid and Mr. Nittert Aalfs, the best man, in a floral bower in the corner of the room and Rev. A.Z. Macgogney of the Presbyterian church, pronounced the words that made them man and wife.

The bride was becomingly gowned in a rich dress of Columbia lawn, trimmed with white Columbian silk and carried a lovely bouquet of white chrysanthemums. Miss Mauer was arrayed in a gown of white trimmed in pink and carried a bouquet of pink carnations and Mr. Aalfs also carried a similar bouquet. The groom and best man were arrayed in the conventional black.

An elaborate supper was served in three courses to the guests and a delightful evening passed until the time for the departure of the young couple on their honeymoon was announced when all the younger people accompanied them to the depot and bid them farewell amid a shower of rice and good wishes. They left for Dubuque , Cascade and other points. The major portion of the company returned to the house and passed a pleasant evening in social conversation and music.

The bride is well and favorably known in LeMars and the groom is a sterling young man of good habits and a member of one of the pioneer families of the county.

On their return they will take up their residence at the Steele home adjoining the city, during the absence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Steele, the groom's parents, who will winter in Missouri. In the spring Mr. Steele will go on his father's farm near Neptune.


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