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7-6-1905 - Wayland News

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Imhof celebrated their Silver Wedding last Sunday. Quite a number of their friends were invited and they all had a good time. Everything went all right only the rain that came up made it a little muddy for them to go home. They all went home wishing Mr. and Mrs. Imhof many more happy years together.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Imhof celebrated their Silver Wedding last Sunday. Quite a number of their friends were invited and they all had a good time. Everything went all right only the rain that came up made it a little muddy for them to go home. They all went home wishing Mr. and Mrs. Imhof many more happy years together.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Wood/Jenkins - 1906

Jenkins, Wood

5-3-1906 - Wayland News

At 9 o'clock Tuesday evening at the Mennonite parsonage, Rev. S. M. Musselman married Fred Jenkins and Miss Bessie Wood. The bride is a very estimable lady who has a host of friends in and around Wayland who unite in well wishes. The groom is one of the best know horse buyers in this section and will be congratulated from all quarters.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Miller/Sexton - 1906

Miller, Sexton

7-13-1906 - Wayland News

Miss Florence Miller of Mt. Pleasant and George Sexton of Chicago married June 2nd. Will live in Chicago.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Brady/Kitchen - 1906

Brady, Kitchen

7-13-1906 - Wayland News

Will Kitchen of Mt. Pleasant married Miss Stella Brady of Waterton Illinois, May 17.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Hurlburt/Edgar - 1906

Hurlburt, Edgar

7-13-1906 - Wayland News

Frank Edgar and Miss Aledo Hurlburt were married at Lowell, June 5th.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Jones/Langer - 1906

Jones, Langer

7-13-1906 - Wayland News

Carl Langer and Miss Alba Jones were married at Mt. Pleasant, June 6th.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Twining/Harmeyer - 1906

Twining, Harmeyer

7-13-1906 - Wayland News

Miss Ida Twining of Mt. Pleasant and Fred Harmeyer of Cincinnatic were married June 7th.

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Date: 5/29/2004

Tallant/Gruson - 1849

Tallant, Gruson

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
February 8, 1849


At Lowell, Henry county, on the 4th inst., by Rev. Mr. Gallatin, Mr. J.F. TALLANT, to Miss DELILAH GRUSON, both of this city.

Barndollar - Gibson - 1914

Barndollar, Gibson,

Salem Weekly News - July 16, 1914

Barndollar - Gibson

The following is taken from the Coffeyville (Kansas) Journal. The groom is a son of Isaac T. Gibson and a former resident of Salem:

Mrs. Nonie Barndollar and Mr. A. H. Gibson were married at 8:30 Tuesday morning. The engagement had been kept secret but new os the approaching marriage leaked out Monday. The affair was very quiet, the bride and groom going to the home of Rev. Hopkins, where the ceremony was performed. They left on a morning train for Amarilla, Texas, where both have business interests, and after a short stay there they will return and make their home in Coffeyville. Mrs. Barndollar is a most charming woman and the friends of Mr. Gibson will congratulate him on winning such a splendid woman for a wife. Mr. Gibson is a capitalist, retired from business, and during his residence has made many friends. The marriage of these people unites two of the wealthiest families here. They contemplate building a fine home here later on.

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Date: 8/4/04

Blessing - Riegel - 1908

Blessing, Riegel

Wayland News - 10/14/1908

Blessing - Riegel

Married at the St. James Episcopal Church at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday October 7, 1908, Miss Jean Marie Riegel of Hedrick to Mr. John Chris Blessing of Maquoketa, the rector, Rev. W. W. Fleetwood officiating. The wedding was a quiet affair, with only a small number of near friends of the couple witnessing the ceremony. Friends of the happy couple offer congratulations.

The above was taken from the Oskaloosa Herald. The bride was trimmer at Mrs. Matthew's millinery in Wayland for two seasons and is now a partner of Mrs. W. F. Barnett in the millinery business at Hedrick. The groom is one of the leading business men of Maquoketa, Iowa, which is the home of both parties to this union. The News joins in extending congratulations. And for them may the sun forever shine as brightly as it shone on their wedding morn, and may no darkening clouds arise to cast a shadow athwart the heavens of their bliss.

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Date: 8/4/04

Priebein - Wittrig - 1909

Priebein, Wittrig

Wayland News - June 9, 1909


Samuel P. Priebein of Marlos, South Dakota and Miss Emma Wittrig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe G. Wittrig north of Noble, were married by Rev. S. M. Musselman Sunday morning at the Eicher church at 11:45. The groom was attended by Mesrs. Samuel Wittmer and Peter Priebein, a brother. The bride's maids were her sister, Miss Myrtle Wittrig and Frances Priebein, sister of the groom.

The wedding march was played by Miss Ida Wittrig. After the service, there was an informal reception at the church and a family dinner was served at the bride's home. The groom is a student at the Moody Institute, Chicago, and the bride is a graduate of the M. E. Missionary Institute in Chicago. They will go to Chicago this week where the groom will resume his school work and his wife will take up a course of study.

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Date: 8/4/04

Rich - Widmer - 1909

Rich, Widmer

Wayland News - June 9, 1909

John Rich and Mary Widmer were married at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Catherine Widmer, east of the Township House, at high noon on Tuesday, June 1. Rev. S. M. Musselman officiated. The guests were the members of the two families. A nice wedding dinner was served.

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Date: 8/4/04

Keller - Schindall - 1919

Keller, Schindall

Mt. Pleasant Weekly News; 4/16/1919

On Saturday evening, April 12, 1919 at eight o'clock, Miss Grace F. Schindall, a well known young lady of this city, became the bride of Mr. Max F. Keller, a Henry County boy who was recently honorably discharged from his country's service. He was a member of the 37th Artillery and was released about three months ago.

The wedding was celebrated at the home of Frank E. Weston, pastor of the First Baptist Church, who read the service. Mr. and Mrs. Orval Keller accompanied the bridal couple and were the subscribing witnesses. Both contracting parties have many friends in this city. The bride was born in Chicago. They will make their home on West Clay Street. Innumerable good wishes for them.

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Date: 8/4/04

Salem Weekly - 1-1-1920



Delbert Pidgeon, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Pidgeon, was married to Miss Estalla Grace Silver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Silver, of Stockport, by Rev. Jonathan Lee, on December 20th, this being the 1099th time he had performed the ceremony. The event took place at the home of Rev. Lee in Ottumwa. Miss Ethel Vera Silver, sister of the bride, and Ivin Russell of Salem, a friend of the groom were witnesses.

Christmas Day a reception was given at the home of the groom's parents and a four course dinner was served by Miss Margaret Conrad, sister of the groom, and his sister, Miss Gladys. Only the immediate relatives were present. Many nice and useful gifts were received. After an enjoyable day, the guests departed wishing Mr. and Mrs. Pidgeon a long, prosperous, and happy married life. They will make their home at Traynor, Iowa, where Mr. Pidgeon is Superintendent of the consolidate school.

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Salem Weekly January 15, 1914



On Wednesday January 7 at 8 o'clock PM at the beautiful home of the bride's brother, J. H. Almond, occurred the marriage of Mr. Ralph Waldo Dutton of Malvern, Iowa to Miss Mary Almond of Salem. It was a quiet affair, none but the nearby relatives being present. Rev. O. G. Missmore, pastor of the Congregational Church, performed the ceremony in a brief and impressive manner, after which refreshments were served.

The groom is somewhat of a stranger in this vicinity, but is well spoken of by those who have met him. The bride graduated from Salem Public School and Whittier College, having taught in the former the past two years and is surely one of Salem's choicest young ladies and has hosts of friends who extend best wishes and who expressed their esteem for her in the way of gifts bestowed at the prenuptial showers, one on Friday evening at the Frank Becker home, and one on Monday evening by the Salem Women's club of which she was a member.

Mr. and Mrs. Dutton departed on Monday evening of this week for Malvern, where Mr. Dutton is engaged in business and where they will be pleased to meet their friends "at home" after February 1st.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Salem Weekly News - January 15, 1914



On Saturday evening, January 3rd, about 60 of the friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Davis gathered at their beneficent home in honor of ther 14th wedding anniversary. A very sumptuous supper consisting of oysters, celery, cake, candy, apples, coffee, peaches and cream was served on an artistically decorated table. Numbers were distributed and each gentleman escorted his partner to the table.

Messrs. Hiram Miller and Frank Jackman furnished some very excellent violin music. Mrs. Ella Davis presided at the organ. Phonograph music was furnished by Arthur and William Davis. All enjoyed the evening to the fullest extent and at a late hour departed for their homes, leaving Mr. and Mrs. Davis their best wishes. The happy occasion will be long remembered by all those present.

Salem Weekly News - January 1, 1914

A very pretty home wedding was that of Prof. Albert Cammack and Miss Echo Ward, solemnized Thursday morning at 8:00 at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Ward, 1221 Laport Avenue. Dr. Charles a Rowand, pastor of the First Methodist Church of which both bride and groom are members, officiated, the ring service being used. The ceremony was witnessed by 75 of the relatives and friends of the contracting parties.

Preceding the ceremony, Mrs. C. R. Evans very beautifully sang "Beloved, It is Morn", and as the bridal party descended the stairs and took their places, the wedding march was played by Mrs. A. H. Dunn. The bride booked beautiful in a gown of white brocaded charmeuse with an overdrape of silk. She was unattended and carried a bouquet of white roses.

The bride is on of the well known and socially popular young ladies of Fort Collins. She is a graduate of C.A.C., with the class of '07, in the domestic science department, and has since taught in the Indian schools at Shiprock, N.M. She was also for some time instructor in dietetics in the Minnequa Hospital of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company at Pueblo.

The groom is a graduate of the Iowa State College and has, for a number of years past, been instructor in mechanical engineering at the Agricultural College. He has a wide acquaintance over the city, and all joint to wish them a happy future. The couple was presented with many handsome wedding presents.

The couple left on the 9 o'clock train for Salem Iowa where they will be guests for two weeks at the home of Professor Cammack's mother. After January 1st, they will be at home to their many friends in their new home on Matthews Street, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Wayland News - January 4, 1951


Kauffman, Roth, Yousling, Conrad, Johnson, von Bontrager, Wyse, Berkshire, Eigsti, Meyer, Peterson, Wagler, Wittmer, Wyse

Dianne Kauffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Kauffman, and James J. Roth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Roth, repeated nuptial vows at the Wayland Mennonite Church Sunday afternoon at 3:00. Before an alter of poinsettias and two seven branch candelabra, Rev. E. S. Mullet performed the double ring ceremony. Yellow and white mums were used to enhance the church auditorium. John Yousling of Washington played the nuptial music on the organ. Beverly Conrad sang "Because", "God Gave Me You", and "The Lord's Prayer". Mr. Kauffman gave his daughter in marriage.

The bride was attired in an ivory satin gown with a basque bodice, deep net yoke edged with imported Venice lace with buttons down the back to the waist line, and long sleeves which ended in points at the wrist. The full skirt extended into a cathedral train. The brides' full circular veil of imported illusion which was edged with a wide band of lace fell from a pearl tiara. She carried yellow roses tied with white sating ribbon.

The maid of honor was Virginia Myers of Wayland. With her winter coral satin gown she wore matching mitts and carried a colonial bouquet. Carla Johnson of Eldon and Lois von Bontrager of Olds were bridesmaids. Miss Johnson's gown was of absinthe green satin with which she wore mitts the same color. A gown of winter gold satin was born by Miss Bontrager and her mitts were matching. Both carried colonial bouquets.

Mary Wyse, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Wyse of Wayland, was flower girl. She wore an aqua crepe gown and a halo of daisies. She carried a white basket full of rose petals. Ring bearer was Stephen Berkshire, cousin of the bride.

Best man was Ledru Kauffman of Wayland. Ushers were Edward Roth, Mervin Eigsti, and Robert Roth all of Wayland. All the men wore white carnation boutonnieres.

For her daughter's wedding, Mrs. Kauffman wore a mauve crepe suit with grey accessories. The bridegroom's mother wore a dress made of taupe. Both had corsages of pink roses.

A reception was held in the church parlor immediately after the ceremony for the nearly 200 guests. After the bride and bridegroom cut the traditional first piece of cake, Mrs. Ina Peterson served the four tier wedding cake which was decorated with white doves and white and yellow roses. Mrs. Allen Meyer and Mrs. Eldred Berkshire poured and Jean Kauffman and Anna Marie Peterson assisted in the dining room. Mrs. Lawrence Shaffer, Mrs. Omer Roth, and Mrs. Ezra Wittmer were in charge of the kitchen duties. Ardith Wagler was in charge of the guest book and Miriam and Verena Wyse were in charge of the gifts.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Wayland News -

Nuptial vows were spoken by Sandra Joy Magdefrau of Wayland and Kenneth P. Bear of Marshalltown, in an 8:00 evening ceremony Saturday, June 19, 1968 at the Wayland Mennonite Church. The Rev. Roy Wingate of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Iowa City performed the double ring ceremony before an alter setting of large baskets of yellow mums and two seven-branch candelabra entwined with greenery.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Magdefrau of Wayland and Mrs. And Mrs. Hubert Bear of Thompson, Iowa.

Wedding music was provided by Mrs. Larry Henss at the organ and soloist, Miss Mary Lou Mullenax, friend of the bride who sang "One Heart, One Hadn" and "The Lord's Prayer" as the couple knelt at the altar.

Escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a veiled organza and re-embroidered Alencon lace gown. Tiny scallops bordered the portrait neckline and the gown featured lace Kabuki sleeves. An empire bodice of lace topped the A-line skirt trimmed with appliques. The hemline was bordered with lace. The detachable watteau chapel train flared full, encircled with scalloped lace. The bridal veil was of imported silk illusion made in full tiers to a tiara of re-embroidered lace and clusters of pearls. The bride wore a gold cross necklace, a gift of the bridegroom, and also her grandmother's diamond engagement ring. She carried red roses and stephanos in a cascade arrangement.

Attending the bride were Miss Martha Nelson of Cylinder, maid of honor, Miss Delores Schmitz of Iowa City, Miss Louise Wells of Crawfordsville, and Miss Carolyn Culbertson of Laurens, bridesmaids. They wore floor-length yellow linen dresses with matching head bows with veils and carried crescent arrangements of white daisies.

Rene Bear, niece of the bridegroom was the flower girl, dressed like the other attendants. She carried a nosegay of carnations and daisies. Jerry Gowey of Wayland was ring bearer. Taper lighters were Greg Gowey of Wayland and Dicky Magdefrau of Washington.

Clifford Hart of Clarinda was the best man. Ushers were Robert Sheriff of Chicago, Keith Bear of Huxley, Iowa, and Bruce Bear of Thompson. The latter two are brothers of the bridegroom.

Men of the wedding party were attired in white double breasted dinner jackets with black trousers. The bridegroom wore a stephanos boutonniere with the remainder of the men in the party wearing yellow carnation boutonnieres.

Mrs. Magdefrau chose a three piece coral knit suit with white accessories, while the mother of the bridegroom chose a two-piece blue linen coat dress. Both wore corsages of white feathered carnations.

A reception for 250 was held in the church fellowship hall. The three tier wedding cake was cut and served by Mrs. A. W. Magdefrau, Auburn, California, aunt of the bride, assisted by Miss Laura Clark. Punch was served by Mrs. Keith Bear of Huxley, Iowa and coffee poured by Rita Ulin of Sigourney. Nancy Johnston and Sharon VeDepo served as waitresses. Taking care of the gifts were Linnea Peterson, Barb Robertson, and Nancy Zenisek. Miss Maria Ambrose registered the guests. Mrs. Lyle Zehr was in charge of the flowers. Mrs. William Thoma was kitchen chairman, assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Hertig, Mr. and Mrs. James Wyse, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lynn.

After a honeymoon in the Ozarks, the couple will live in Marshalltown.

The bride is a graduate of Waco High School, 1965, and Mercy School of Nursing, Iowa City, 1968. Mr. Bear is a 1963 graduate of Thompson High School and a 1968 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He is employed at Greger Prescription Laboratory in Marshalltown.

A rehearsal dinner was given by the bridegroom's parents at Iris Courts, Mt. Pleasant, Friday evening.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Salem Weekly News - February 23, 1922

Samuelson - Garmoe

Oh Thursday afternoon, February 16, 1922 at two o'clock Miss Velma Samuelson and Lloyd Garmoe, both of Salem, were joined in marriage at the home of Frank E. Weston, pastor of the First Baptist Church. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Mills who were the subscribing witnesses.

The bride, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew G. Samuelson, was tastefully gowned in navy blue silk with lace overdress. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Garmoe. The young folks will reside on a farm this side of Hillsboro. Their many friends wish them joy.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Salem Weekly News - February 9, 1922


Last Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Spray celebrated their 50th or golden wedding anniversary at their pleasant home a mile west of Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Spray were married in Mt. Pleasant January 19, 1872 by Rev. Howard of that city.

A bounteous dinner was served on long tables, which were taxed to the limit to support the array of good thing, for 40 guests, after which appropriate talks for the occasion were made by Rev. Vincent, Ed Roth, J. T. Ingrim, and Mrs. T. E. White.

Those present from a distance: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roth of Ottumwa; Miss Clara Spray of Quincy, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Max Spray, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graves of Hillsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tribby of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Lissie Taylor of Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Spray of Lockridge. A number of nice presents were received, among them a fine Victrola from their children.

In the evening, a number of neighbors and friends perpetrated a surprise on Mr. and Mrs. Spray by dropping in to do more honor to the occasion. Refreshments were served and the event results in a delightful culmination of a great gala day for these estimable people and their guests.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Salem News - February 17, 1921


Miss Ruby Foraker and Paul Litton were married last Thursday at Mt. Pleasant at the home of Rev. Frank Weston. They were accompanied by the bride's brother, Fred Foraker, and wife. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah B. Litton of the Round Prairie neighborhood and the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Foraker. They will reside on the Litton farm in Round Prairie.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Newspaper & Date Unknown

Gertrude Rinner Weds Ben Boese at Wayland
Gertrude Rinner of Mt. Pleasant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rinner, and Ben Boese of Canton, Kansas were married in a beautiful candlelight ceremony Sunday, July 31, at 8:00 in the evening in the Wayland Mennonite Church. Rev. E.S. Mullett performed the double ring ceremony. The church was decorated with baskets of yellow and white gladioli, ferns and white candelabra. James Rinner of Chicago, Ill., brother of the bride, played nuptial music and accompanied Eldon Reimer of Goessel, Kansas, as he sang "I Love Thee" by Grieg and "O Perfect Love." The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a white gown of satin and marquisette. The satin bodice was buttoned down the back. The gown had long sleeves and a short train. The fingertip veil had a lace crown. A double-strand of pearls, gift of the bridegroom, was worn by the bride an she carried white roses with ivy tied with white ribbons. Mrs. James Rinner of Chicago was matron of honor, and her gown was of pink net. She carried a bouquet of yellow roses. Flower girl was Elizabeth Ann Beezley, cousin of the bride, of North Canton, O., and ring bearer was Wesley Rinner, nephew of the bride. Serving as best man was Waldo Voth of Goessel. Ushers were Deane Rinner of Pocahontas and Ernest Unruh of Canton. The bride's mother wore a dusty rose dress with white accessories. The bridegroom's sister, Marie Boese, wore a dark blue sheer. Both had corsages of white rose buds. A reception was held in the church parlors for 130 guests. Mrs. Ernest Unruh of Canton served the four-tiered wedding cake, after the bridal couple had cut the first piece. Mrs. L. H. Rinner, the bride's aunt, and Irene Rich, her cousin, poured. Yellow and white flowers were used. Marian Rinner had charge of the guestbook. Out of town guests at the wedding were: Miss Marie Boese, Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Voth, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Unruh, Herbert Franz, Milton Unruh, Eldon Reimer, Mary Ann Banman, Linda Banman, Marie Quiring, Agnes Goertzen, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Boese, all from Kansas; Kathryn Miller from Muncie, Ind., Mrs. Lawrence Beezley and children from North Canton, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Schockley and family from Vinton, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. James Rinner from Chicago. The bride is a graduate of Wayland high school and of Iowa Wesleyan college at Mt. Pleasant where she received her B.A. degree. She also graduated from the Bethel hospital school of nursing at Newton, Kans. She has been employed in the Washington Co. hospital. The groom graduated from high school in Goessel, Kans. and from McPherson college, McPherson, Kans. After a short honeymoon, the couple will be at home in Moundridge, Kans. where Mr. Boese is on the high school faculty.

Submitted by Amy Dueckman

3/4/1937 - Wayland News

Ms. Elsie Mae Roth, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. J. Roth of Wayland, became the bride of Mr. Ivan Yoder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Yoder of Kalona, Iowa on Sunday March 28th at 4:00 P.M. The marriage took place at the home of the officiating minister Rev. and Mrs. Simon Gingerich. The attendants were Miss Helen Roth, sister of the bride, and Mr. Robert Mishler, friend of the groom. After the ceremony the bridal couple returned to the home of the bride's parents where a two course supper was served. Mr. and Mrs. Yoder will live on a farm near Kalona.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

12/3/1954 - Mt. Pleasant News


Sam Lees were married November 24, 1897, on Thanksgiving Day. Wednesday November 24, they observed their 57th wedding anniversary. They were entertained at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Ralph Alter of Burlington.

The Lees are the parents of the following daughters: Mrs. Beulah Jackson, Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Pansy Cleaver, Red Oak; Mrs. Thelma Britton (deceased); and Mrs. Ralph Alter, Burlington. A son, Willis, lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

11/30/1955 - Mt. Pleasant News


Wayland - Mr. and Mrs. David Schlatter observed their golden wedding anniversary on Friday Nov. 25 at the home of their son, Raymond Schlatter, and family. Twenty-two family members were dinner guests with four of the brothers and sisters of the honorees being present. They are: Mr. and Mrs. John Schlatter, Rev. and Mrs. Simon Gingerich, and Mrs. Sarah Wenger, all of Wayland, and Mrs. Anna Yoder of Wellman.

The three children of the couple, Mrs. Paul Oswald of Aurora, Nebraska; Raymond Schlatter; and Emerson Schlatter and their families were also present for the occasion.

The dinner was served by Mrs. Paul Yoder of Parnell, Mrs. Raymond Troyer of Kalona, Mrs. Warren Schlatter, Mrs. Ralph Wenger, and Mrs. Marguarite Gingerich.

Mr. and Mrs. Schlatter received 154 guests during the open house. Gifts, flowers, and over 100 congratulatory cards added to the event for the couple.

Karen Oswald of Aurora, Nebraska and Sue Schlatter served during the reception.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Mt. Pleasant News - January 10, 1945


Gifts, flowers, and greetings found their way today to East Monroe Street where Mr. and Mrs. Frank Price are celebrating their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Mt. Pleasant News - May 1, 1950


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Lauer of Mt. Union announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Barbara Jane, of Davenport, to Donald Hagedorn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hagedorn of Frederike. The wedding will take place June 10 at the Presbyterian Church at Winfield.

Miss Lauer is employed in the export department at Deere and Co., Moline, Illinois and Mr. Hagedorn is employed in Streeters Garage in Davenport.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Mt. Pleasant News - May 2, 1950


The 38th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Marr which occurred Monday was celebrated Sunday in Washington in the home of Mrs. Ada Kelly, sister of Mrs. Marr. Attending the dinner were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Cox and daughter, Carol Ann, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Marion Marr and children of Mt. Union; Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Marr of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Kelly, the hostess.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Mt. Pleasant News - May 15, 1950


Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Staebler of 606 East Madison Street will observe their 62nd wedding anniversary Tuesday, May 16. Both Mr. and Mrs. Staebler are quite active. Reverend Staebler, though past 87, still mows his lawn and cares for his yard while Mrs. Staebler is able to do a good share of her household duties. Reverend Staebler now retired, held former pastorates in a number of northwestern Iowa charges.

Submitted by Ann Miller White annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

Mt. Pleasant News - January 8, 1949


Mr. and Mrs. Willard [sic-Millard] Green of 710 Broadway observed their 59th wedding anniversary Saturday. It was coincidental that the weather was almost identically the same 59 years ago as it was Friday and today, just a degree more perfect as there was no mud then.
The bride and groom of fifty-nine years were married near Morning Sun at the Bozarth home, the bride being the former Clara Bozarth. Only four or five of the wedding guests who attended the wedding ceremony are now living.
The Greens who very quietly remembered the day at their home are in fairly good health. They have two children, both of this city: Mrs. Iva Holland and Harry Green. They also have five grandchildren: Margaret Lyon and Jimmy Green of Mt. Pleasant, Virginia Bradbury of Oakland City, Ind., Mrs. Frank Conner of Morris, Ill., and Mrs. Bud Brail of Jackson, Mich. The Greens also have seven great grandchildren.

Submitted by Cathy Labath labaths@netins.net

Mt. Pleasant News - January 9, 1950


Close to 250 guests were entertained between the hours of two and five and seven and nine Sunday, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Millard Green on their 60th wedding anniversary at their home on Broadway. The tea table with its white linen cover featured a three-tiered white bridal cake, decorated with green carnations and topped by a silver "60th" emblem. The floral centerpiece was a lovely arrangement of white gladioli, white roses, lilies of the valley, white carnations and finger tapers.
At the guest book in the afternoon was Mrs. Don Thomas who pinned the favors on the guests as they came. These were two rings tied with satin on a card bearing the dates "1890-1950" in green. Mrs. Dan Winter presided in a similar capacity during the evening 'open house' hours.
Mrs. Lottie Smith, Mrs. L.A. Garrels and Mrs. Lola Parker poured. Wedding cake, ice cream adorned with green wedding bells, green and white mints, nuts and coffee were served.
It was a perfect afternoon and evening for the numerous friends of the Greens to extend their congratulations and greetings. Mr. Green who is eighty-nine and his wife, ten years his junior, were surrounded by many beautiful flowers and nice gifts which their friends had brought them. There were stacks of greeting cards, fifty arriving on Saturday and another thirty-five coming Sunday.
The bride of sixty years was most becoming in a black lace dinner dress with which she wore a lavender orchid corsage. Both she and Mr. Green are still quite active and enjoy fairly good health. Mr. Green comes down town to the Odd Fellows Club room almost every day.
It was another nice day on Jan. 8, 1890, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Bozarth, near Morning Sun that Miss Clara Bozarth became the bride of Millard Green. Only one of the guests present at the ceremony sixty years ago attended the open house Sunday. Mrs. Jess Scarber of New London was present at both events.
The Greens are the parents of two children, Mrs. Iva Holland and Mr. Harry Green. They have five grandchildren: Mrs. Frank Connor of Morris, Ill.; Mrs. Bud Brail of Jackson, Mich; Mrs. J.D. Bradbury of Terre Haute, Ind.; James Green and Mrs. Henry Eckey of Mt. Pleasant, and seven great grandchildren.

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Mt. Pleasant News - December 5, 1949


Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the First Christian church in Burlington, Miss Dorothy Folk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Folk of Burlington became the bride of Ronald Eckey, son of Henry Eckey of this city. The local minister, Rev. Lloyd Patton, son-in-law of the J. Edwin Leepers of west of Mt. Pleasant officiated at the double ring ceremony.
William Eckey of New London was the soloist for his cousin's wedding, singing "Because" and "The Lord's Prayer."
The bride is a graduate of the Burlington high school now an employee in the telephone office there, wore aqua wool with white and gold accessories. She had a white rose corsage. Her bridesmaids wore pink and blue wool with harmonizing carnation corsages.
The bridegroom who is a graduate of the New London high school in 1949, attended the Mt. Pleasant high school for three and a half years where he took an active part in sports. He wore a conventional grayish-blue business suit. His attendants were Robert Simmons of Fairfield and Dave Folk of Burlington, DeVon Moxley and Bob Donald of Mt. Pleasant were ushers.
Following the ceremony a reception for nearly two hundred relatives and friends was held in the church parlors. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eckey of Mt. Pleasant were in the receiving line. The bride's colors, yellow and blue, were carried out in the decorations. Ice cream, bride's cake, coffee and mints were served.
After a short trip the couple will be at home at 1720 Mt. Pleasant St. in Burlington, where Mr. Eckey is employed by the Folk Electric Co.
Mt. Pleasant guests at the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ruby and Patsy, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Moxley and DeVon, Bob Donald, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bogle, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Green, Mrs. Iva Holland, Mr. and Mrs. Jo Apple, Mrs. James Green, Mr. and Mrs. Bill White and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eskey.

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Mt. Pleasant News - June 1, 1949


Mrs. Margaret Lyons and Mr. Henry Eckey were married Sunday, May 29th at 1:30 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Green. Dr. George G. Hunt read the single ring ceremony before the members of the immediate families of the couple.
The bride wore a pink silk print dress. Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Eckey, and the bridal couple drove to Nauvoo, Ill., where they enjoyed an early evening dinner.

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Mt. Pleasant News - November 30, 1951


More than one hundred friends of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Green honored them on their fortieth anniversary open house at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club Thursday. The hours were from two to four and seven to nine and as the guests arrived they were greeted informally.
Many brought the couple lovely gifts, beautiful bouquets of red roses and chrysanthemums of almost every shade, and scores of greeting cards. Mrs. Iva Holland, sister of Mr. Green, was at the guest book.
The dining room table was most attractively decorated with a centerpiece of white chrysanthemums and red carnations, red tapers and red and white nut cups. The refreshments carried out the same theme with red and white mints, individual ice cream patties lettered for the fortieth anniversary in red and white cake.
Pouring for the afternoon hours were Mrs. Ed Yocum and Mrs. Walter Shepp. In the evening Mrs. E.W. Dusenberry and Mrs. W.F. Thompson presided at the punch bowl.
The Green's daughter, Mrs. Henry Eckey and Mr. Eckey, and their son, James and Mrs. Green, were present to help them celebrate the occasion as were the Greens' two grand children, Mary Jo Appel and Sally Green. Mary Jo and Marilee Campbell assisted with the serving.
Contributing an unusual feature and a very nice one to the event was the fact that Mr. Green's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Green, who celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary last January were both present for the festivities. Also attending were an aged aunt of Mrs. Green, Mrs. Carrie Bozarth, Mrs. Green's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lawrence of Cedar Rapids, two aunts of Mrs. Green, Mrs. Tom Litton and Mrs. Frank Metcalf of near Fairfield.
Other out-of-town relatives included: Mr. and Mrs. Warren White and Mr. and Mrs. Barney Gorman of Fairfield, Mr. and Mrs. William Caris and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barron of New London

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Ottumwa Courier; Wednesday, March 24, 1903

Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hodson, northeast of Salem, Rev. Sharpless performed the ceremony which united in marriage Samuel Lupton and Miss Lulu Williford.

Written by Prof. W. D. Dey

Mr. and Mrs. Willeford celebrated the happy event April 3, 1912.

Miss Hattie Lee and William Willeford were married by Alfred Wilson, April 3, 1862. On August 11th Mr. Willeford enlisted in Co. H. 25th Iowa Infantry as a private and came home at the close of the war as Lieutenant. Since which time they have resided at their beautiful home southeast of this city.

The house was beautifully decorated in appropriate colors. The day was all that could be desired, but the roads were fearful, yet despite this fact many of the members of the W. R. C. and G. A. R. walked out from the city and back, to show their appreciation of the goodly couple. Promptly at 20 minutes past three the bride and groom took their places under the wedding bell and Rev. Olinger proceeded with the marriage ceremony. But when he came to the clause of objections or forever holding their peace, the ladies entered many objections. Mrs. Willeford was asked if she had known him as well at the time of her marriage as she did now if she would have married him. She promptly answered that she would. The objections were withdrawn and the ceremony proceeded. While still standing, Captain Abraham addressed the Groom, spoke of their comradeship and told him they were going to WATCH him, and presented him, in behalf of the Post, a beautiful gold watch to which was attached a beautiful chain, the gift of relatives.

Mrs. Cozier, president of the W. R. C., then spoke for the Corps and presented Mrs. Willeford an envelope containing twenty dollars in gold, the relatives giving her a ring. Col. David Palmer and wife sent a beautiful china plate.

They also received twenty nine and one half dollars in gold, three watches, letters and cards galore from absent friends and relatives.

A splendid two course supper was served to about seventy five guests and when the evening shades drew on the old war songs were sung; the orchestra discoursed some fine music; Prof. W. S. Dey gave a talk full of good wishes. Mr. Kopp talked in his usual happy way; Mrs. Glover gave a reading followed by Mrs. Baldwin. Charley Goe gave a cheering talk yet the choice bit of fun was the talk given by Mrs. Amanda Trowbridge at the close of which she recited the first piece she ever committed: "The Dying Boy."

Mrs. Rice gave a reading, "The Colored Regiment." Mrs. Abraham gave "Socrare Setting a Hen." Little Miss Ethel Greenfield sung a number of pleasing songs. Abraham and Willeford were always ready with a song or recitation so that all too soon the time to say good night had come.

Those present from out of the city were Mr. Stanton, a Hawk-Eye representative of Burlington; Mrs. Amanda Trowbridge, sister of the groom and the only one present at the wedding fifty years ago, and her two daughters, Mrs. Pitcher and Miss Martha Trowbridge, of Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. H. Greenfield and daughter Ethel, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Marshall, all of Aurora, Ill.; W. H. Pixley, of New London; Mr. and Mrs. Lem Baldwin, of Glasco, Iowa, and Miss Lizzie Arrowsmith of Burlington.

Ten years before to the day and hour Miss Minnie Willeford and Mr. Greenfield were married in the same old home that her father and mother were married in forty years before. W. S. D.


Unnamed, undated [probably April 1912] newspaper article found in the scrapbooks of Mary [Blaut] Abraham, wife of Captain Lot Abraham; the scrapbooks are currently owned by their great-granddaughter, Martha [Wright] Allen, Mt. Pleasant, IA. [October 2006]

Mt. Pleasant News - December 3, 1945

Miss Margaret Jaeger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jaeger, of Sigourney, and Harold Messer, son of Mrs. Arthur Messer of Wayland, were united in marriage Wednesday, November 28th. The Rev. James Hoskins officiated at the single ring ceremony.

The bride wore a light blue dress with black accessories. Her corsage was made up of white and red carnations and she wore a gold locket, a gift of the groom. The groom work a dark blue suit. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Guy Messer. Mr. Messer left Sunday evening for Minnesota where he will report for duty in the Army. He has formerly been employed in farming.

Mrs. Messer attended summer school at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1943 and has been teaching at the Montgomery rural school near Trenton. She will continue teaching while her husband is in the armed forces.

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Mt. Pleasant News - December 5, 1945

Miss Pauline Elizabeth Mallams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Mallams of Mt. Pleasant, and Gerald Smith, son of Mrs. H. M. Smith also of Mt. Pleasant, were united in marriage at the Little Brown Church near Nashua on Sunday, December 2. The double ring ceremony was read at 2:30 by the Rev. H. L. Hanscom, pastor of the church, in the presence of the immediate families.

Preceding and during the ceremony, organ music was played by Mrs. Hanscom, wife of the minister.

The bride wore a street length dress of blush rose sheer wool with black accessories and a shoulder corsage of yellow talisman roses and baby breath. The bridesmaid, Mrs. Freda Myers, wore a street length dress of teal blue sheer wool with black accessories and a corsage of salmon colored talisman roses.

The groom wore a grey herringbone suit and a white boutonniere. He was attended by his brother, Glen Smith of Findlay, Ohio, who wore a brown herringbone suite and a white boutonniere.

Mrs. Mallams, mother of the bride, wore a gold crepe dress with black accessories and a corsage of white and rose carnations. Mrs. Smith, mother of the bridegroom, wore a black dress with black accessories and a corsage of red and white carnations.

Following the ceremony, Mrs. Hanscom sang "Our Wedding Day" and the bride and bridegroom then followed the old custom of ringing the church bell.

Upon their return to Mt. Pleasant, a reception and dinner were held at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and County Club for forty guests. All were seated at one long table that was beautifully decorated in yellow and pink. The centerpiece was a crystal basket filled with yellow and pink chrysanthemums. Streamers led from the basket to each place where small crepe paper baskets filled with mints and nuts were placed.

The guest book was in charge of Mrs. Fred Siverly of New London.

For the past five years the bride has been associated with the National Tea Store in Mt. Pleasant. For the past two years, she has served as manager of the store while Neil Wikel has been in the service. Mr. Smith just recently received his discharge from the service, having served overseas for the past three years.

Following a short wedding trip they will make their home in Findlay, Ohio, where Mr. Smith will be engaged in the contracting business.

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Mt. Pleasant News - December 10, 1945 - page 3

Salem-The marriage of Miss Kathleen Morrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Morrison, and Ronald Shumaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Iliff Shumaker, all of Salem, took place at the cedar Friend'' parsonage northwest of Salem, Friday at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Charles Pearson performed the double ring ceremony and the couple was attended by Miss Kathleen Moxley and Warren Barnye.

The bride wore a blue crepe street length dress with black accessories and Miss Moxley wore a pink street length dress. Both work pink and white carnations. The bridegroom wore a navy blue suit and his attendant was attired in the regulation navy uniform.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Shumaker are well known in Salem and community where they attended the Salem schools. Mrs. Shumaker is a graduate with the class of 1944 and Mr. Shumaker with the class of 1942.

Following the ceremony, the couple left on a trip to Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.

Mr. Shumaker, who recently received his honorable discharge from the Marines, will resume his work with the Furniture Mart, Mt. Pleasant.

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Mt. Pleasant News - December 26, 1945

Esther Irene Eicher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Eicher of Wayland and Duane Henry Stutzman of Wayland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stutzman, of Nebraska, were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday evening at 7:30. Dr. George G. Hunt read the double ring ceremony.

The bride wore a brown street suit with brown accessories and a corsage of bronze and yellow chrysanthemums. The groom wore a brown suit. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Ross Waters of Mt. Pleasant, and by Mr. Stutzman's brother, Robert Stutzman of the U.S. Navy who is home on leave from the Navy.

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Mt. Pleasant News - January 2, 1945


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Carter were honored at a family dinner at the home of Mrs. Carter's mother, Mrs. A. D. Hayes, at New London in observance of the 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Among those present were Harold Hayes of Cleveland, Ohio, Harold Stauffer of the U.S. Navy and the Stauffer's son, Mrs. A. D. Hayes, only great grandchild.

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Mt. Pleasant News - January 2, 1945


The John Wagler home, one mile south of Trenton, was the scene of a lovely home wedding Monday, December 25, when the Wagler's daughter, Dorothy Arlene, became the bride of Clarence E. Wenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wenger, three miles north of Wayland.

At six o'clock the bridal couple, attended by Mr. and Mrs. Neal Roth, cousins of the groom, took their place before large bouquets of carnations. Mrs. Dillon Boshart, Mrs. Dennis Boshart, Mrs. Victor Miller of Nebraska, Lois Wagler, sister of the bride sang "Precious Memories" and, at the close of the ceremony, "Blest Be the Tie That Binds".

Bishop Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty of Sugar Creek Church officiated at the ceremony.

The bride's gown was fashioned of white satin and her shoulder corsage was white carnations. The groom wore a medium blue suit and a white boutonniere. The bridesmaid wor a light blue gown with white accessories.

Following congratuations, a two course wedding dinner, carrying out the bride's chosen colors of blue and white, with a three tier wedding cake with a miniature bride and groom atop as the centerpiece, was served. Dinner was prepared by Mrs. Maude Meyer, Mrs. Joe Good, Mrs. Barbara Conrad and served by Paul Heiser, Rantoul, Illinois, Vada Wakler (Walker??), Clara Wenger, Elwyn Hirschey.

Guests present at the wedding were: Bishop and Mrs. Simon Gingerich, Rev. and Mrs. Willard Leichty, Mr. and Mrs. John Wagler, Sr., Jake Hirschey, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Wagler, Josephine Hirschey, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Boshart, Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Boshart, Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Wyse, sons Gene, Donald, Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Roth and sons, Willar Royce, Larry Dean, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Richard and sons Wesley and Duane, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Good, Mrs. Barbara Conrad, Mrs. Maude Meyer, Jakie Stauffer (Jackie??), Max Wyse, Edwin Swartzendruber, Gene Meyer, Ruth Graber, Trenton; Bernice Moore, Bloomington, Illinois; Paul Heiser, Rantoul, Illinoise; Clara Wenger, Vada Wagler, Eywyn Hirschey, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Miller, daughter, Connie, Milford, Nebraska; Roy Wenger, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Roth, Lois, Melva Kay, Verla, Mary, Ellen and Ardith Wagler, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wenger.

The new home will be established on the Wenger farm north of town after March 1st.

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Mt. Pleasant News - January 2, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wright of this city announce the marriage of their daughter, Jeanne Enid, to Cpl. Fred Fenton, U.S. Marine Corps of San Diego, California, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Fenton of Mt. Pleasant. The wedding took place at Los Angeles, California December 24th at 4 P.M. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Weidmann, friends of the young couple.

Miss Wright was attended by Mrs. Nadine Lyon Burke, a former high school classmate. Cpl. Fenton was attended by Mr. Rudy Weidmann. The double ring ceremony was used. The bride wore a yellow wool two pieece street length dress and had a corsage of gardenias and talisman roses as did also the bridesmaid. The groom wore the Marine uniform.

After the ceremony, refreshments were served to the guests present.

Cpl. Fenton and his bride are both graduates of Mt. Pleasant High School, Cpl. Fenton graduating with the Class of 1940 and Mrs. Fenton with the Class of 1941.

For the past two years Mrs. Fenton has been employed at the Brown Lynch Scott store as cashier and bookkeeper. Before enlisting in the U.S. Marines, Cpl. Fenton was employed in the chromium plating department of the Cabinet Factory in Rockford, Illinois. Last June, Cpl. Fenton returned to the United States from the South Pacific where he had served for 19 months.

After the war, Cpl. And Mrs. Fenton plan to make their home at Rockford, Illinois.

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Mt. Pleasant News - January 2, 1945

Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at the altar of the Methodist Chapel in Mt. Union, beautified with candlelighting and flowers, occurred the double wedding of Miss Mildred Maxine Conard and Ronald Lorrain Crocker and Miss Marjorie Dean Conard and Clayton Walter Parsons. To each of the couples, Dr. George G. Hunt assisted by Rev. Carlin F. Curtis, read the sing ring ceremony. On the immediate families were present to witness the wedding.

The brides are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Conard of New London. Both are graduates of the New London High School. Mr. Crocker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Crocker of Mt. Union and Mr. Parsons is the son of Mrs. Walter Parsons of near Lowell. The former is a graduate of the Mt. Union High School and the latter, of New London.

Miss Mildred Conard for her wedding wore a chamois yellow dress and a corsage of talisman roses. Her sister, Miss Marjorie Conard, wore aqua blue and a corsage of pink roses.

Mr. and Mrs. Crocker will reside on a farm north of Mt. Union, and Mr. and Mrs. Parsons will live on a farm near Lowell.

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Mt. Pleasant News - January 3, 1945

Winfield---Gertrude Whitmore Schwartz and Leslie Carden Utter were married in the Presbyterian Church at Burlington on December 28, 1944 at 3:00 with the pastor, Rev. Carl Victor Brown, officiating at the ceremony. They were accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. L. O'Loughlin, friends of the couple.

Mrs. Utter is a graduate of Parsons College at Fairfield and has done post graduate work at the University of Iowa. She is a resident of Winfield and, at present, is teaching in the Brighton High School. Mr. Utter attended Iowa Wesleyan and graduated from Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois. He formerly resided at Middletown. After his home was taken over by the government as part of the area necessary for the Ordnance plant, he became a resident of Winfield, and has been mayor of the town since last March.

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3/1/1934 -

Richenbergers Have Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Richenberger observed their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday February 24 at their home, assisted by many relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Of the 81 visitors present during the day, Mrs. Dave Baldosier of near Brighton was the only one present at their wedding February 24, 1884, when Miss Rosina Schlatter was married to Mr. X. Richenberger at Four Corners , Iowa by Rev. Rudolph Pfister of the Evangelical Lutheran church of Germanville .

Mr. and Mrs. Richenberger both appeared in the best health they have had for many years, Saturday. They were unusually cheered up by the large number of callers on the snowiest day of the whole winter season. She is 74 years old and he is 79 and get about exceptionally well.

Mrs. Richenberger came to this country from Baden , Switzerland , in 1883 and was employed in the late Joseph Wittrig Sr. household. Mr. Richenberger came from Basil Switzerland in 1882 or one year prior to the immigration of Mrs. Richenberger. When asked Saturday if they knew each other in Switzerland, their faces beamed the answer, "Yes" and it was easy to understand that there was a mutual agreement that they had planned their trips to America.

Mr. Richenberger, before their marriage, worked for Joseph Wittrig Sr., Rev. Benjamin Eicher, and Daniel Conrad. They began housekeeping on the Joe Gerig farm southwest of Wayland where Jacob Conrad now lives and after residing there two years moved to a farm east of Trenton where they resided ten years. They then purchased their farm where their son, Jacob,now lives, from Rease Allen. This farm was occupied then by the late Jasper Allen, former editor of the News. Here they lived for 20 years and then moved to their comfortable home in South Wayland .

In 1910 this congenial couple spent three months in Switzerland visiting the scenes of their childhood days and enjoyed the trip immensely.

Improvised programs were carried out Saturday afternoon and evening to the delight of the principals of the golden wedding. Rev. Elmer Basinger and Mrs. Basinger, Marie Wenger, and Jacob Graber sang two German songs. They were accompanied by Miss Lynette Basinger. Rev. Basinger then spoke and offered prayer. Mrs. Rosalina Eicher read an original poem and dedicated it to her parents. The title of the poem was "Just a Vision" and will be found at the end of this article.

During the day Pete Zihlman of near Brighton , who is an expert accordion player, came and played some of the old tunes for the couple.

In the evening, another quartette, Mrs. Izyel Wenter, Mrs. Grace Erb, Noah Leichty, and J. W. Wittrig sang three songs for the wedding party of fifty years ago. Mrs. Mabel Wittrig was accompanist. Mr. and Mrs. Richenberger were also entertained with accordion music by their 9 year old grandson, Dale Richenberger. At the close of the evening, their four children, Mrs. Rosina Eicher, Mrs. Marie Rich, E. F. and J. C. Richenberger sang "God Be With You Till We Meet Again".

The News extends to Mr. and Mrs. Richenberger hearty congratulations and best wishes for many years to come.

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Wayland News - 1/25/34

Marguerite Wittrig Earl Gingerich Wed

Miss Marguerite Wittrig, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Wittrig was married to Mr. Earl Gingerich son of Rev. and Mrs. Simon Gingerich on Wednesday evening January 17th at 5 o'clock at the home of the bride's mother near Noble. The officiating minister was the bridegroom's father, Rev. Simon Gingerich of near Wayland.

While the bridal party came down the stairway the song "Oh Master, Let me Walk With Thee" was sung by two of the bride's sisters, Grace and Frances Wittrig. Another sister of the bride, Miss Gladys Wittrig of Washington served as bridesmaid and Paul Widmer of near Wayland acted as best man.

The bride wore a white silk crepe dress and white accessories. Her sister wore a rose colored crepe. The groom wore an oxford gray suit.

A two course dinner was served following the ceremony by Inez Schlatter, cousin of the groom and Wilma Alston, cousin of the bride. Pink and white decorations were carried out. There was a three-tier bridal cake.

Twenty people were present for the ceremony including the wedding party and mothers, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Wittrig, and son John Jr., Mr. and Mrs. George Herzog, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Roth and son, Melvin, Dan Schantz, Miss Inez Schlatter and Miss Wilma Alston all of the Wayland community.

The bride was graduated from Wayland High School in 1933. The groom has been farming. The couple will live at the farm of the groom's parents one mile south and a half mile west of Wayland. Congratulations.

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Newspaper Name and Date Not Given

Mr. and Mrs. Reel Married 54 Years
Wayland's Oldest Couple Enjoy Fairly Good Health

Sunday February 25th was Mr. and Mrs. Marion Reel's 54th wedding anniversary. To them the day was just the same as any other day but they undoubtedly recalled the many changes, political and material, since they entered upon their married life. The oil lamp or candle has given way to electric light, the french harp to the radio, the faithful horse that could be driven with one hand or none at all, to the auto, and the airplane. Customs and manners are different. But they have adapted themselves to all these things and have found much happiness in the changing world. Both Mr. and Mrs. Neff are enjoying good health.

The News wishes for them many more years of companionship and happy years to come.

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WAYLAND NEWS 4-25-1985

Golden Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kauffman, Wayland , Iowa , will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, April 27, 1985 with family and close friends at a dinner at the Iris Court , Mt. Pleasant .

Louise Longwell and Harold Kauffman were married April 25, 1935 at Cedar Rapids . They are parents of Jean (Mrs. Ron Roth); Joyce (Mrs. Ed Wagler) both of Wayland; Janice (Mrs. Chris Widmer) Leewood, Kansas; Judy (Mrs. Laurel Roberts) Riverside; Joe Kauffman, Wayland and John Kauffman, Des Moines. They have 15 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, Elise Timmons. A grandson, Phil Wagler, is deceased.

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Salem Weekly News - September 10, 1914


On Tuesday evening at six o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Eighme, occurred the marriage of their eldest daughter, Miss Emma Eighme to Dr. E. W. Bentzien.

After a selection, played by Mrs. Floyd Beery, the young people preceded by Rev. Missmore, took their place under an arch of golden rod. After the simple ring ceremony was performed, which made them husband and wife, they passed immediately into the dining room where a four course dinner was served by the Misses Nellie Eighme,Alice Brown, Mable Trueblood, Florence Maxwell and Irene Simkin. Congratulations were extended toe bride and groom on leaving the dining room.

The bride was dressed in white crepe de chine trimmed in shadow lace, the groom in the conventional black.

Mrs. Bentzien has spent her girlhood in Salem, graduating from Salem High School and also from Iowa State Teachers' College at Cedar Falls.

Dr. Bentzien is a graduate of Wisconsin University at Madison, and later studied medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, receiving an internship of one and one half years at the Cook County Hospital. He is now a practicing physician and surgeon at Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the young people will make there future home.

The guests from a distance wee Mr. and Mrs. William Bentzien of Milwaukee, parents of the groom; Mr. and Mrs. John Eighme and children of Grinnell and Miss Eva Eighme of Chicago.

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Mt. Pleasant Free Press; January 2, 1913


Wednesday evening, December 25th, at 6 o'clock at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Sam Carper of this city, occurred the marriage of their only daughter, Vera, to Dillon Bates, son of Mr. And Mrs. Isaac Bates, living one and a half miles east of town. The bride looked very attractive in her bridal gown of white misalign silk, with shadow lace trimmings. The groom wore the conventional black. While the sweet strains of the wedding march rendered by Miss Ruth Bates, cousin of the groom, announced the coming of the bridal party led by little Lorene Carper, niece of the bride, as ring-bearer, daintily dressed in blue silk carrying one large chrysanthemum bearing the wedding right within.

The bride and groom took their places under and arch of ferns and carnations while Rev. Pettit spoke the services which bound them as man and wife. Immediately after the service, the bridal party, relatives, and guests were ushered to their respective places in the dining room by Stacy and Arthur Carper, brothers of the bride. The tables were prettily decorated with chrysanthemums and ferns. Music was furnished during the evening by Miss Ruth Bates while congratulations and best wishes for a happy life together were extended to Vera and Dillon. Many useful and pretty gifts were received.

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Mt. Pleasant News 8/27/1919


Saturday evening at six o'clock at the Baptist parsonage Rev. F. E. Weston officiating, occurred the wedding of Mr. Ralph L. Johnson and Miss Mary Ruth Rodrick, both of Winfield. The simple ring service was used. The witnesses to the interesting event were Clark Rodrick, brother of the bride, and Miss Mae V. Johnson, sister of the groom. The happy couple will spent a short honeymoon at the Iowa State Fair.

Mr. Johnson has recently been discharged from the Navy where he saw active service during the war. He was on the U.S.S. Westgate when she was sunk and was rescued with the others of the crew of the ill fated ship. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson will live on a farm near Winfield.

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(12/15/1915 - Mt. Pleasant Newspaper)



A beautiful and impressive wedding was held Wednesday evening at the home of Dr. C. L. Tennant at 713 North Main Street when the marriage of Miss Virgil McLoughlin, niece of Dr. Tennant, to Albert LeRoy took place. Both of the young people are residents of Farmington , where the groom is one of the enterprising young business men of the city, being engaged in the jewelry business at that place. The bride is one of the city's talented young ladies, being prominent in church and social work. The house was beautifully decorated with chrysanthemums. Dr. Tenant, the uncle of the bride, performed the wedding ceremony. After the wedding, The guests sat down to a five course dinner, the table being decorated with pink and white carnations. Among those present were: Rev. T.J. Myers, Earl Vandagriff, and Mrs. C.I. Tennant. Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy will continue to make their home in Farmington .

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'Wayland News - April 12, 1985


Paul and Frances Miller, rural Wayland, will observe their 45th wedding anniversary, Sunday, September 15, 1985. No formal celebration is planned. The former Frances Alliman and Mr. Miller were married September 15, 1940 by the Rev. Simon Gingerich.

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Mt. Pleasant News 8-27-1919

On Wednesday evening, August 20, 1919 at nine o'clock, Miss Ruth Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Larson, one of the most popular young ladies of this city, became the bride of Mr. James Leland Moore of Winfield. The wedding ceremonies were solemnized at the home of Frank E. Weston, pastor of the First Baptist church, a little company witnessing them. The bride was gowned very tastefully in white organdie and looked charming at the marriage altar. The groom, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Moore of Winfield, is a fine young fellow. He went with his regiment, the 351st infantry, to France , when it went overseas. He returned with it in May. He was a first class private in Co. K. He is now a warehouseman in Winfield where he and his bride will make their home. Both young people are natives of Henry County and have a host of friends. The bride has been a faithful teacher in the Bible school at the Christian church.

Following the wedding services, light refreshments were served at the bride's home. Miss Esther Larson, a sister of the bride and Mr. Warren Moore, a brother of the groom, were the subscribing witnesses. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have been the recipients of many tokens of favor from their friends and acquaintances. Innumerable good wishes follow them.

Submitted by Ann Miller White, annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

December 15, 1915 Mt. Pleasant News


Thursday at high noon in the presence of a few intimate friends, Miss Selma Talbott of this city was married in the home of her mother on North Lincoln Street to Mr. W. R. Fletcher, a traveling man of Chicago . The officiating clergyman was the pastor of the First M.E. Church , Rev. Thos. Osborn. The bride was attended by an old friend, Miss Ruth Tuck of Elgin , Illinois while the best man was Mr. F. H. Fitzharris of Chicago . Among the relatives present was Mr. Talbott, Sr. of Mediapolis, the aged grandfather of the bride. After the ceremony, a sumptuous turkey dinner was served by Mrs. Talbott and in the afternoon the happy couple left for Chicago where they will at once go to housekeeping. The bride is a graduate of the Mt. Pleasant High School Class of 1912 and taught school in this county after her graduation. For the last few months, she has been the office girl for Dr. J. J. Pitcher. She has many friends in the community who will wish her much happiness in her married life.

Submitted by Ann Miller White, annfamilytree@neb.rr.com

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