Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weddings of Yesteryear

Mindy here. My SIL came across an old newspaper clipping of her and my husband's grandparents' wedding announcement from 1915. I found it quite interesting, even laughable, and thought, since we're talking about weddings, I'd share it with y'all.


On the afternoon of Monday, December the 6th, at three o'clock, there was solomnized at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Pearl Harcourt Wooten, of this city, one of the prettiest home weddings of the season, when Mr. Gus Faber Obenhaus and Miss Olivia Wooten were united in the holy bonds of matrimony.

Rev. Gaynor Banks, rector of the Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake, performed the beautifully solemn and impressive ceremony, uniting in man's holiest estate these two popular, cultured and prominent young people, members of two of the oldest and prominent families of this section of the state.

The beautiful and palatial home was tastily decorated with ferns and large, handsome white chrysanthemums, appropriately suggestive of innocence and sweetness and carrying out with charming effect the color scheme of green and white, symbolizing love's immortality and purity. At the appointed hour, when the guests, who had been gracefully received by Mr. and Mrs. James H. Wooten, had assembled, and the reletives of the contracting parties had taken their places in the elegant parlor, aglow with small bulbs of electric lights, adding to the attractiveness of the already pretty scene, Mrs. Emmanuel Burttschell, in clear, dulcet tones sang "Love's Old Sweet Song," to the skillfull and artistic accompaniment of Mrs. Adolph Potthast of Weimeron the piano and Miss Margaret Mansfield of Columbus on the violin.

As this beautiful old song was concluded, the bride and groom entered to the melodious strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding March so sweetly rendered by Miss Mansfield and Mrs. Potthast, and, with attendants, slowly approached the beautiful, improvised altar, where they were awaited by Rev. Gaynor Banks, and under a pretty arch gracefully entwined with Southern Smilax, they plighted their troth, the one to the other, the impressive ceremony being concluded with a prayer of divine serenily.

The bride was becomingly attired in a going-away gown of navy blue chiffon broadcloth, with fur trimmings, wearing a small black velvet hat trimmed in cut steel and gorra feathers.

She carried a boquet of Bride's Roses, rivaling her natural personal beauty and charm of grace and manner.

Mesdames Potthast and Burttschell and Miss Margaret Mansfield wore handsome afternoon gowns, with corsage boquets of Killarney Roses and Valley Lillies, gifts from the bride.

Immediately following the ceremony, an informal reception was tendered the bridal couple and guests, who were served dainty refreshments in the capacious and beautifully decorated dining room.

From the wedding cake token were drawn as follows: Miss Kitty Bridge Smith, the ring; Miss Trula Harbert, the heart; Miss Lavine Hester, the thimble; and Miss Agnes Burt, the button.

Immediately following the reception, Mr. and Mrs. Obenhaus left on the afternoon train for New Orleans.

After December fifteenth, they will be at home in Columbus with the bride's mother, Mrs. Pearl Harcourt Wooten.

As a fitting climax to the sacred, but beautiful ceremony, the exquisite flowers from the altar and the bride's boquet, were sent by her to Livingston, Alabama , to adorn the resting place of her beloved father, a sweet token to the memory of him, Hon. J.R. Wooten, our late lamented, highly respected and honored townsman and fellow citizen.

The bridal couple were receipients of numerous, handsome wedding gifts, attesting the popularity of the bride and groom and the favor and esteem in which they are held.

The house guests for the wedding were Mrs. Lee Hughs and son and daughter, Mr. W.H. Hughs, and Miss Addie Hughs of Richmond, Mrs. E. McRee of Eagle Lake, and Mr. Harcourt Wooten of Houston.

The bride and groom were reared in our town and are too well and favorably known to need any introduction at our hand.

Mr. Obenhaus holds a responsible position here with the G.H. & S.A. Railway Company, and is a young man of sterling worth and integrity, possessing that character upon which is based a successful career.

Mrs. Obenhaus is one of our most charming and attractive girls. She possesses many becoming accomplishments, and a rare grace of body and mind constituting a gem of sweet womanhood. Our entire community wishes for them all the happiness, prosperity, and God speed which they themselves could desire.

Mindy again.

Wow! That was like coverage of the royal wedding. I have to say, though, reading this as a writer (I transcribed everything as it was written) nearly drove me crazy. Too many "ly" words and run-on sentences. However, the romantic in me breathed a satisfied sigh at the end :-) 

Hope you enjoy this bit of history.

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. Hey ladies,
    Bounced over from the Hartline blog. Seems like a fun place you have going on here. Off to peek at your bios to get to know you a bit more.

  2. Amy--Hi!! Thanks for stopping by. We do have fun here.

    And Mindy--!!!! Love this!! Can you forward this to me via email? Oh, my. What a wedding--and the detail they describe. How beautiful.

  3. Hi, Amy. Thanks for dropping in. Hope to see you again.

  4. I really enjoyed the look into the old traditions too. Did you catch the tokens from the wedding cake? Who does that anymore? How fun and cool!

  5. Angie, most people nowadays wouldn't even know what the tokens were all about.

  6. Oh, how fun and over the top!! Love it! Mindy, what a treasure. We don't get to see society page stuff like that any more. :)

    Amy, I'm glad you found us!