Gleaned from the papers of Geneva Smith
Most of these marriages will have taken place within
the borders of St Joseph County, Michigan but there are many from other
parts of the country printed in local newspapers because they involve former
residents of St Joseph County. I've made every attempt to identify the
newspaper the articles came from but where I'm not able to do so, that
article will be marked as "newspaper unknown".
The gratitude and thanks to Geneva and her daughter
don't seem to be enough for the protection they've given over the years
to this most important research tool that Shirley Elmer has so graciously
allowed us to share. I am in her debt.
Transcribed and edited by Josephine Reed Foster Garzelloni,
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Miss Edith L Fox, Daughter of Mr and Mrs William H Fox,
Wedded to Wilmer H Brandenburg
A quiet, but beautiful wedding was solumnized in Sturgis township
at the residence of Mr and Mrs William H Fox on Thursday, June 14th,
1906, when their daughter, Edith L., became the bride of Mr Wilmer H Brandenburg
of LaGrange, Indiana. The ceremony was performed by the Rev Martin Luther
Fox, pastor of the Central Methodist Episcopal church of Muskegon,
a cousin of the bride, and was witnessed by only immediate relatives. It
occurred at 9:30a.m. The full Methodist Episcopal service was used. A fine
wedding breakfast was served, after which, amid showers of rice and old
shoes, the bride and groom took their departure on the Lake Shore train
from Klinger lake west.
After a short honeymoon they will reside for the summer
in their home in Sturgis township. The bride was attired in grey silk,
which she wore for her traveling costume. She certainly looked very pretty.
She is an alumnus of North Western college of Napenville, Illinois, and
is a talented and accomplished woman. Her home has always been in this
vicinity. The groom has for the past five years superintended the LaGrange,
Indiana, schools and is a gentleman of fine principles and a student of
excellent attainments. The best wishes of a host of friends will attend
Wedding March In Advance
Congregation at the Presbyterian Church
Heard the Wedding March Played.
Those who attended the union services at the Presbyterian
church Sunday night were treated to something a little out of the ordinary
in the matter of music on such occasions. Instead of the usual prelude
and postlude music, the organist rung in two wedding marches, and to say
that it was a success would be putting it mildly. To those who were on
the outside of the advance information which had been leaking out for the
past two months, it was a bit puzzling, but kind friends put them wise
to this extraordinary proceedings, only then was it plain as day. The popular
pastor, Rev. G.F. Sheldon, was contemplating matrimony and this
was to be his last sermon before the happy event. When all was explained
congratulations were extended in advance also. Rev Sheldon left
on the noon train Monday for Elkhart with the kind of a smile that don't
come off, and Rev Manning left on the noon train Tuesday with a
determined one, and the mail Tuesday night brought to the Journal office
a marked copy of the Elkhart Daily Review, from which we took great pleasure
in clipping the following sketch. It's now up to the members of his flock
to give their favorite pastor and his happy bride a welcome which
will long be remembered by one and all:
"Rev G.F. Sheldon, pastor of the Presbyterian church
at Sturgis, and Mrs Mary Brock of Burr Oak, sister of Mrs Andrew
S Lamb of this city, were married at the home of Mr and Mrs Lamb,
no 110 Cassopolis street, at one o'clock today, the officiating minister
being Rev L.H. Manning of Sturgis, pastor of the Methodist church
at that place. Immediately after the ceremony Mr and Mrs Sheldon
left for Winona, where will stop at the Otterbein.
The ceremony was witnessed by few but immediate relatives, Mrs
F.V.Williams, mother of Mrs Brock, Miss Mabel Brock,
her daughter, both of Burr Oak, Miss Clara Sheldon, daughter of
the groom of Sturgis, Mr and Mrs C.S.Williams and Mr and Mrs J.M.
Williams of this city, and Rev E.J. Harris, pastor of the
Presbyterian church at Burr Oak."
Sheldon ~ Brock
On Tuesday, 10 July 1906, at once o'clock p.m., two of the
best people of Burr Oak and Sturgis were united in holy matrimony, at Elkhart,
Burr Oak Acorn
The contracting parties were Mrs Mary M Brock of
this place, and Rev George F Sheldon of Sturgis, the ceremony being
conducted by Rev L.H. Manning, of the M.E. church of Sturgis, at
the home of the bride's sister, Mrs Andrew S Lamb, 110 Cassopolis
street. Rev E.J. Harris and Miss Mabelle Brock, eldest daughter
of the bride, acted as best man and lady.
The happy even took place in the presence of several realtives
and immediate friends, among them being Mrs F.V. Williams, mother
of the bride, Miss Fannie Lancaster, Burr Oak; Mr and Mrs Charles
D Williams, Mr and Mrs John M Williams, Mr and Mrs A.S. Lamb,
Miss Pearl Lancaster, Elkhart; Miss Clara Sheldon, Mrs M.M.
Mr Sheldon is one of the most popular pastors the
Presbyterian society of Sturgis has ever had. Proof of this is found in
the fact that he has been retained there continuously for a number of years.
He is a widower with three children.
The bride is one of the most respected of our citizens
~ a widow lady with three children, and her many friends here wish
her every joy.
The newly wedded pair left on the afternoon train for
Winona Lake, to be absent a week, when Sturgis becomes the future home
of the family.
McKert ~ Fry
At Centreville, Michigan, Monday, December 24, 1906, Miss
Hallie Fry of Burr Oak, and Mr Frank G McKerg, of Sturgis,
were joined in marriage.
The ceremony was performed by Rev C.S. Rigley,
at the M.E. parsonage. Previous to two years ago, Mr McKerg resided
in Hornellsville, New York.
This popular pair have the best wishes of The Acorn and
Lancaster ~ Taggart
A very pretty home wedding took place at the home of Mr and
Mr John Taggart, two and one ~ half miles west of Bronson, at high
noon Thursday, June 21, 1906, the occasion being the marriage of their
daughter Grace Mae to Clyde B Lancaster, of South Bend, Indiana.
Precisely at noon the bride, accompanied by her maid,
Miss Nina Stuver of Brookfield, Missouri, and the bridegroom by
his best man, Mr Lawson B Lancaster of Burr Oak, marched to their
places to the rendering of Lohengrin's march by Miss Margaret Ferris
of Burr Oak, Rev Henry Collins of Coldwater, officiating.
After the ceremony the bride and groom led the way to
the dining room where a sumptous four course dinner was served.
The bride is on of Bronson's most popular young ladies
and is loved and respected by all. The groom is one of South Bend's most
efficient city mail carriers and enjoys the respect and confidence of a
wide circle of friends.
They will be at home to their many friends at 817 Blain
Avenue, South Bend, after 20 July 1906.
They were the recipients of many handsome and useful presents.
The happy couple have the congratulation and best wishes
of a host of friends.
The marriage of a couple of Burr Oak's best young people
took place yesterday ~ Miss Nellie E Passahl and Mr Lawson Lancaster.
In the earlier part of the day they drove over to Centreville,
where their future destinies were joined by a local minister, and within
a few hours they arrived at the home of the groom's brother, Clyde B Lancaster,
and wife, in South Bend. They will be absent until Saturday evening.
Burr Oak will continue to be the home of this popular
pair, we are glad to learn. Mr Lancaster continuing his labors in
the mail service as rural carrier.
The Acorn joins their many friends in very best wishes
for perpetual happiness.
dated January 16, 1907 in ink
Mr George B Cole and Miss Sylvia Boggs were
married by Rev C.G. Roadarmel, Wednesday evening at 7.
dated 13 February 1907 in ink.
Wells ~ Brown
At his home on Fourth Street, Monday p.m., May 6, 1907, Justice
J. B. Woodman spoke the words that united the future destinies of
Miss Susie Wells of Burr Oak and Mr Bert Brown of Colon.
Married, at Muncie, Indiana, Sunday, June 23, 1907, Dr
Glenn Godfrey of Colon and Miss Lelia Cleveland of Muncie,
formerly of West Colon, where she had always lived until a few years ago.
She has been employed as saleslady in a large department store at Muncie,
where she has made many friends, who will regret her departure. While there
she make her home with Ember McMillen and family, where she will
also be greatly missed. Her many friends here join in wishing the young
couple much happiness through life.
Miss Mable Butler and Frank Miller were married
Easter Sunday and will go to housekeeping on a farm soon.
dated 30 March 1907 in ink
Surprised Their Friends
Miss Nellie Louise Shipman, daughter, of Mrs Charles
Shipman, and Mr George Henry Wieth, formerly of Elkhart,
were very quietly married about six o'clock Saturday evening at the parsonage,
by Rev Newsom and took the 6:44 train north for a short honeymoon. On their
return they will make their home with the bride's mother, occupying the
west half of the house.
Miss Nellie was born and raised in Sturgis, was a very
high class milliner having held a position with Mrs Church, in this
city and other lucrative positions in larger cities. She is a member of
the "Smart Set" and has a host of girl friends.
Mr Wieth is employed with the Sturgis Steel Go-Cart
Co., as tool maker, has resided in Sturgis for a number of years, and has
won many friends by his pleasant and congenial manner.
The Journal extends contgratulations along with
their many friends.
dated 13 November 1907 by ink.
Bride Was Formerly a Resident of Burr Oak
The marriage of Prof. R.P. Warren, well known in musical
circles in this city and formerly director of the Congregational church
choir, to Miss Fannie Whiting, of Three Rivers, took place at high
noon this Monday.
17 June 1907
The ceremony was performed by the Rev Howard Murray Jones,
at the home of Mr and Mrs F.J. Maus, Hays court. The wedding was
a quiet affair and only a few of the immediate friends and relatives were
Mr and Mrs Warren left on the 2:08 train for Ann
Arbor where they will be the guests of Mr Warren's relatives. Later
they will go to Petoskey, where Mr Warren will play during the summer
with Fischer's orchestra.
Although it is not definitely known, it is thought that
the young people will take up their residence in this city in the fall.
The bride is a granddaughter of Mr and Mrs W.H. Frasier,
and when a child lived in Burr Oak.
reprinted by the Burr Oak Acorn.
Pretty Church Wedding
Took Place Tuesday Evening at The Presbyterian Church.
Large Number Present
One of the prettiest church weddings which has taken place
in Sturgis in a decade transpired at the Presbyterian Church Tuesday evening
at eight o'clock, at which time, Miss Mabel Fister of this city,
was joined in the holy bonds of wedlock to Mr Herman A Wood of Manhatten,
The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion
with palms and ferns which were banked on the platform, entwined with trailing
smilax and white china astors which were artistically draped from the chandeliers;
in the background was placed a large pier glass, before which the bridal
couple took their stand during the ceremony, the whole forming a beautiful
picture. Large wreaths of smilax surmounted with white phlox were the seat
decorations on each side of the aisle. Nothing was left undone by Mrs D.J.
Dart who had charge of the decorations, and young lady assistants,
to make the scene a charming one.
At eight o'clock the edifice was comfortably filled with
invited guests, and as Mrs Tibbets played the wedding march the
bridal party wended its way slowly down the aisle taking their places at
the foot of the altar. First came the ushers, Messrs. J. J. Stanton,
E.B. Grey, Rollin Gothrop, and George Fister, followed
by the bride's maids, Misses Florence Moore, Margaret Knight,
Helen and Dorothy Robinson, dressed in white, who in turn were followed
by the bride's attendant, Miss Lulu Roberts, charmingly gowned in
pink, and Master George Moore who born the symbolic jewel upon a
silver tray; last came the bride, beautifully gowned in white silk mull
exquisitely trimmed with valenciennes lace and insertion over white silk,
and a bridal veil, carrying a bouquet of white roses, she was joined at
the alter by the bridegroom and his best man, Ira Houston, of Cleveland,
Ohio, where Rev. H.F. Fister, of Arlington, Massachusetts, a brother
of the bride, pronounced the marriage ceremony, assisted by Rev Sheldon.
Immediately after the ceremony the guests repaired to
the home of Mr and Mrs E.B. Grey, where the newly wedded couple
received congratulations of their relatives and friends, in the parlor
which, was appropriately decorated for the occasion. Light refreshments
were served from a table beautifully decorated with streamers of
smilax suspended from the chandeliers to the four corners of the table
terminating in wreaths. In the center of the table was a mirror surrounded
by smilax on which was placed a large bouquet of white flowers. Candelabras
holding lighted candles completed the charming scene, after which, punch
The newly wedded couple took the 10:30 Lake Shore train
for Manhatten, Kansas, where they will make their future home, and will
stop at St Louis and Kansas City enroute. The bride's traveling gown was
check French suiting.
The bride and groom were the recipients of many beautiful
and costly wedding gifts, consisting of cut glass, silverware, hand painted
china and table linen, as a testimonial of the regard in which the bride
and groom are held.
Professor H.A. Wood was born in Fawn River township,
was a graduate of Sturgis High School and Olivet college; he taught science
in Marshall two years and from there he went to Baltimore where he took
a post graduate course of two years at John Hopkins university in chemistry.
He is now Professor of chemistry of the Kansas State Argricultural college,
at Manhatten, Kansas. The bride was born and raised in this city and is
a talented musician, having taught music in the High school here for a
number of years, going from here to Holland where she taught music in the
schools until called home by the death of her mother a few years ago.
Out of town guests who attended the wedding were: Mr and Mrs
George Fister and Ira Houston of Cleveland, Ohio; Rev. H.
F. Fister, of Arlington, Massachusetts; Mrs Roberts of Chicago,
Illinois; and Mrs S.B. Eason of Fawn River.
dated 7 August 1906 in ink.
Burr Oak Acorn
At Clayton, Lenawee county, November 18, 1907, Samuel E
Long of this place and Katie Litesey of Clayton were united
in wedlock, and came here ten days later to reside. The groom is one of
Foreman Maloney's dependable railroad section men, and has made
many friends during his residence here. Our best wishes to the happy young
Addie North is Married
At the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs Erastus L North,
in Battle Creek, Miss Julia Adelaide North, and Mr William Fredrick
Fischer of Hartford, Connecticut, were united in marriage October
15, 1907. Many of our citizens will remember the bride, who was born here,
and her many Burr Oak friends will wish her every happiness.
Transcribed and edited by Josephine Reed Foster Garzelloni,
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