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L. F. Brisseden and Miss Nelle McKnight were married at the Lansdown Christian church parsonage in East St. Louis
Monday January 16., at 6:30 p.m., Rev. Ealy officiating. The bride and groom were given a wedding dinner by C. F.
Brown at the Missouri Athletic Club, St. Louis, and afterward attended a theatre party, the guests of Mr. Brissenden.
They are spending their honeymoon in St. Louis. Both are well known and popular with a large circle of friends. The
groom is an extensive farmer and stock grower of Stanford township. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos.
McKnight and a sister of Mrs. N. W. Bowman, Mrs Earl Taylor and Mrs. Jos. Clark. She is a young business woman of
ability, having been employed for a number of years as buyer for a merchantile firm in Portland, Oregon.
The happy couple have the best wishes of a host of friends. [Source: Flora Journal Record (19 January 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]


Mr. Hugh CONLEY and Miss Nancey R ODELL were married on July 29, 1852-- [Louisville Visitor, Louisville, Ill]

Miss Alma Meyer was united in marriage to Mr. Paul Bernard Crackel at noon Monday, December 29, 1924 in the county clerk’s office at Olney, Ill. Rev. C. L. Doty, pastor of the First Christian church of Flora performed the ceremony.
The bride is the only daughter of Mr. Chris J. Meyer of this city, a graduate of the H. S. T. H. S. in the class of 1924 and is one of Flora’s splendid young ladies. Mr. Crackel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Crackel of Clay City, and is employed as brakeman on the B. & O. After a wedding trip to Washington, Ind., they will reside at the home of Mrs. Crackel’s father on north Sycamore street.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (1 January 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Home of Mr and Mrs. E. P. Kinnaman Scene of Dickey-Kinnaman Nuptials--Rev. Doty Officiates
The suburban home of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Kinnaman was the scene of a beautiful home wedding Christmas evening when their daughter, Mary Esther, was united in marriage with Waldo M. Dickey, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dickey, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Promptly at 8:00 o’clock the swelling strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march, filled the rooms, Miss Mabel Nash, cousin of the bride, at the piano.
The bridal party descended the stairs, preceded by little Miss Frances Marion Watson, also a cousin as ring bearer. The bride was accompanied by Miss Mary Blankenship as bridesmaid, the groom was attended by Mr. Cecil Melvin as best man. They entered the living room and took position before a bank of ferns,
where they were met by the Rev. C. L. Doty, pastor of the First Christian church. The solemn and
impressive double ring ceremony was used. During the ceremony the Flower Song was softly played.
The bride was lovely in a handsome frock of white satin over crepe with a misty veil of tulle held in
place with a silver head-dress. She carried pink and white carnations with ferns. The bridesmaid was
charming in a gown of yellow beaded crepe trimmed in ermine. She carried carnations and ferns. The
little ring bearer was dainty in a blue crepe frock carrying the rings on a satin cushion. The groom
wore the customary black. After congratulations an iced course with cake, coffee and nuts was served by Miss Naomi Kinnaman, Miss Mabel Nash and Mrs. Geo. Chandler.
The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs E P. Kinnaman. She is a graduate of the class of 1923, H. S. T. H. S. For the past year she has been employed by Dr. Geo. W. Campbell in his hospital work. She is well-known and a worker in the Christian church, having been pianist for the past three years. She is a young lady of charming personality and loved by all.
The groom is a promising young man of sterling worth. These fine young people are starting life’s journey under most auspicious circumstances They will reside on Mrs. Millie Huff’s farm north of Flora. They were recipients of many beautiful gifts to grace their home.
The guest list follows: Out of town guests: Mr. and Mrs. Cl. H. Kinnaman of Decatur; Mr.
and Mrs. F. H. Monical of East St. Louis; Mr. John Nash and daughter, Miss Mabel of Jonesboro, Ark.;
Mr. Cecil Melvin of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Logan of Edinburg; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Logan of
Carbondale; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Logan and Mr. and Mrs. Asa Tompson of Louisville; Mr. and Mrs. E. C.
Nash, East St. Louis; Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Walton of Homer; Mr. A. C. Kinnaman, of St. Louis, Mo.; Mr.
and Mrs. C. W. Nash of Madison; Miss M. Frances Lilly, Paxton; Miss Myrtle Large, Washington, D. C.
From Flora: Mr. and Mrs. Kinnaman, Noami, Paul, Guy Dickey, Mrs. and Mrs. J. W. Dickey, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Logan, Mr. Isaac Logan, Mrs. Millie Huff, Miss Ethel Huff, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walton, Mr. and
Mrs. Pearl Matthews, Miss Flossie Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dickey, Mr. C. J. Meyer, Miss Alma
Meyer, Mrs. Rena Kinnaman, Mr. and Mrs. George Chandler, Mr. Durland Drake, Miss Inez Priddy, Miss
Mabel Blotter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Logan, Rev. and Mrs. C. L. Doty.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (1 January 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Weds at Home in Sailor Springs,Wednesday, Sept. 21--At Home After October 2nd
The wedding of Miss Erba Ann Dillman daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Dillman and Harlan Downes Friend was solemnized at high noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1921 in the home of the bride’s parents, at Sailor Springs, Ill., with only members of the family attending. A wedding breakfast followed. The Rev. Jones Earl Corwin, pastor of the Flora Baptist church officiated, using the beautiful ring ceremony.
The wedding march was played by the groom’s sister, Miss Zoe Friend. During the ceremony Miss Friend softly played “I Love You Truly”. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Pauline Dillman. The bride was gowned in a lovely dress of white chiffon velvet and her veil of tulle was held in place with orange blossoms in coronet style. She carried a shower bouquet of Ophelia roses. Miss Dillman was attired in an afternoon frock of French blue crepe-de-chine and charmeuse and carried a shower bouquet of white carnations.
Omer T. Goff, of this city, was best man. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Friend, of Fourth street, and is a
promising young business man, being associated with his father in the wholesale grocer business. The newlyweds left immediately after breakfast for Effingham where they boarded a train for St. Louis. They will spend a short honeymoon in St. Louis and other places of interest, returning to Flora, about Oct. 2nd. They will make their home in Flora.
During the World war the bride served with the A. E. F. in France as an army nurse. Mr. Friend was also in the service of his country, having spent a year and a half in the medical corps, both in American cantonment camps in this country and
with a base hospital in France. At home he is prominent in several lodges to which he belongs and is on several
important committees of the American Legion, Department of Illinois. He is past-commander of the local post of the
The Dillman family formerly lived in Flora and both the contracting parties are graduates of the Flora high school.
Misses Pauline and Thelma Dillman of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fagan, of Odin; the Misses Zoe and Billie Friend, of
Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Dewhirst, of Noble; Mr. and Mr. T. J. Friend, of Flora, were wedding guests.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (22 September 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]


Shannon HUDELSON and Doshia KRUTSINGER of North Songer Twp. [March 31, 1904, Louisville Ledger]

Harter Twp Clay Co., mother and son from Wayne CO. married on same day, Feb. 10, 1912 - Miss Tennie M. TATE, 25 to Benjamin F. KOONS, 22 and Mrs. Malinda KOONS 53, to Milton E. JONES, 69. [March 31, 1904, Louisville Ledger]

Miss Jess Brissenden received a letter Tuesday, containing news of the marriage of her sister, Myrtle, to Mr. Lazaris Muntean, of Chicago. Miss Brissenden has been engaged as a social worker in Chicago for several years. The wedding occurred on Friday, Rev. Grimes pastor of the Vincent Methodist church performing the ceremony. The newlyweds left at once for Seattle, Tacoma and other western cities, where they expect to spend the winter. [Source: Flora Journal Record (1 December 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses reported April 6, 1893 in the Louisville, Illinois Ledger:

Marriage Licenses reported in the Southern Illinois Record, March 1, 1917:

Marriage Licenses, June 8, 1916:

Marriage Licenses as reported in the Flora Record, January 1, 1920:



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