Lee County
Marriage Announcements

Miss Elaine Nass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nass of Ashton, and Clarence Bushman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bushman, of Milledgeville, were united in marriage on Saturday, Sept. 6, in St. John's Lutheran church at Ashton [Lee County, Illinois] by the Rev. F. W. Henke. The bride wore a heavenly blue gown with grown accessories and her corsage was of red roses. Her attendant, Miss Dorothy Koekay of De Kalb, wore a beige gown with brown accessories. Her corsage was yellow chrysanthemums and lavender asters. The bridegroom was attended by his brother Arman Bushman. They will reside with his parents for the present.
From Larry Reynolds The Sterling Daily Gazette, September 11, 1941, page 12, column 2.

It comes to the knowledge of the public that on February 19, 1901, Miss Grace Quest of Hazelhurst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Quest, was so quietly married to John Coffey, at the Methodist parsonage in Dixon, Rev. W. A. Phillips officiating, that not even their most intimate friends became aware of the important happening. Miss Quest went to Dixon, Feb. 18, to attend a party, and the next morning she was married as above stated. After the marriage the bride went to her home in Hazelhurst, and the groom continued to reside with his parents in Dixon. Now since that fact that they are married is not a secret, they will likely make their home with Mr. Coffey's parents, in Dixon. The groom is one of the proprietors of a meat market in Dixon.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

Ohio Girl Becomes Bride of Dixonite In Floral Setting: In a setting of ferns, palms, candelabra and baskets of white gladiolus at each side of the altar, Miss Norma M. Fahs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fahs of Ohio , became the bride of Ralph M. Contreras, Dixon Route 3, the afternoon of Sept. 28, 1947 in St. Paul ’s Lutheran church, the Rev. George J. Curran officiated. Preceding the service, Mrs. Dwight Chapman, organist, played nuptial selections and Miss Irene Hubbard, soloist, sang “I Love You Truly” and “At Dawning”. Mrs. Chapman also played the traditional marches. Given in marriage by her uncle, Roland Oberschelp of Ohio , the bride was attired in a floor-length gown of white net satin fashioned with short sleeves, tight fitting bodice with net insert in the sweetheart neckline, bustle-effect back and full skirt. Her fingertip-length veil of French illusion was held in place by a tiara of beads formed into star shapes. Her bouquet was made up of white carnations with a red rose center. Miss Fay Haefner of Dixon was maid of honor. Her blue taffeta gown was made with a sweetheart neckline, puffed sleeves and net overskirt. With it she wore a matching shoulder-length veil and a strand of pearls, the gift of the bride, and carried a bouquet of mixed flowers. Nelo Contreras, brother of the bridegroom, was best man and Jay and Charles Fahs of Ohio , brothers of the bride, ushered. For her daughters wedding Mrs. Fahs wore a black dress with black accessories and a corsage of white gladiolus. The bridegroom’s mother also selected a black dress with matching accessories and a white gladiolus corsage. Following the ceremony a reception was held for members of the immediate family at the home of the bride’s parents. The table was centered with a two-tiered wedding cake. Mrs. Roland Oberschelp, aunt of the bride, poured. The couple left on a trip to Wisconsin and will reside in Ohio . For traveling the bride chose a black gabardine suit with black accessories and a corsage of white carnations. Mrs. Contraras was graduated from Ohio high school in 1945 and attended Coppins Business College in Dixon . She has been employed at the Illinois Northern Utilities company. A veteran of two and one-half years in the USMC the bridegroom is employed as apprentice pharmacist at the Ford Hopkins Drug company in Dixon . Out-of-town guests attended the wedding from Ohio , Sterling , Harmon and Amboy.
(Contributed by Pat Esterday Dixon Evening Telegraph Tuesday, October 14, 1947 Page 5 Col. 1-3)

Lawrence Finkle, of Polo, and Miss May under, of Milledgeville, came to Dixon yesterday morning and were married by the Rv. J. F. Howard. Well, taking their average age - the groom being fifty seven and the bride eighteen - they are certainly old enough to investigate the question whether or not marriage is a success.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Handwritten date - April 1890 Dixon Telegraph

Frank D. Gunder, of Milledgeville, and Miss Carrie Myers, of Polo, were married at the Christian parsonage in Dixon last Thursday morning by Rev. Stone. After the ceremony the young couple left for the bride's home in Polo where a wedding dinner was served. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Annie Myers of polo and is a lady highly respected by her friends. The groom is a son of James Gunder of Milledgeville and is a popular young man. The bride was attired in a pretty gown of blue Henrietta trimmed in white silk ribbon. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Dan Coy of Polo. Mr. and Mrs. Gunder will reside at the bride's home in Polo. The out-of-town guests at the wedding dinner were Mr. and Mrs. William Grossle, Ellsworth Leggett, Mrs. Oliver Leggett and children of Freeport, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gunder and James Gunder of Milledgeville.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Handwritten date - about March 2, 1905

On Thursday evening, Dec. 26, at eight o'clock, at the elegant home of the bride's parents Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Powers, near Prairieville [Lee County], occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Eva May, and Mr. Charles A. Lefever, Rev. Theodore Crowl, of the Congregational church, Sterling, officiating.
Before the appointed time the invited guests began to arrive, and by eight o'clock the elegant and commodious residence of Mr. Powers was filled with the friends of the families of the bride and groom to the number of nearly one hundred seventy-five.
At the hour appointed for the nuptial ceremony Miss Seidel, of Prairieville, sounded upon the organ the notes of a popular wedding march, and to the music the bridesmaids, Misses Bertha Thummel, Blanche Thummel and Emma Lefever and the groom's best men, Messrs. Amos Ebersole, Grant Lefever and Will Powers, ushered into the handsomely decorated parlor, the bride and groom, who took their positions in a large bay window, before snowy tapestry, under a horse shoe of variegated chrysanthemums, standing on a white bear skin rug. Rev. Theo. Crowl, after a charming little ceremony, pronounced them husband and wife. The pretty bride was then nearly smothered with kisses, and the stalwart husband was heartily congratulated upon his good fortune. The friends were so numerous that it required a long time to conclude the congratulatory ceremonies.
The apartment in which the marriage ceremony took place was tastefully decorated with smilax, evergreen, holly and a variety of potted plants. The effect was very pleasing.
The bride is one of Prairieville's sweetest and smartest daughters. She is pretty and has been brought up in the good old fashioned way of knowing how to keep house and at the same time be a lady. She was elegantly attired in a cream Lansdowne silk, trimmed with ribbons and lace, and wore a mousselaine veil. Her ornaments were natural flowers, cream roses. Mr. Lefever is to be congratulated on winning so fair and so sensible a wife. May they both live long and be prosperous.
After congratulations a very elegant luncheon was served in the large dining room. John Thomas, of Sterling, was caterer, and all the appointments were correct. The dining room had been decorated for the occasion with evergreens and the tables were strewn with sprigs of ivy.
The presents embraced a great number of useful household articles. The most costly, probably, were a book case given by the Prairieville folks, and a set of elegant dishes. There were a few duplicates such as water sets, lamps, etc.
Those present from abroad were Wilbur and Arthur Nickerson, of Chicago, Mrs. Frank L. Snyder, Polo; Mrs. E. J. Woodruff and daughter Ada, of Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Rickard and son, of Dixon. From Sterling the following were present: Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Van Horne, E. B. Van Horne, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Anthony, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Johnson, Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Carolus, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seidel, Mr. and Mrs. Will J. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Diller, J. K. Echternach and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Klosterman and Mrs. Fannie Fisk.
Mr. and Mrs. Powers are to be congratulated on the correct appointments of the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Lefever will leave Saturday morning for a short visit with friends in Marshalltown, Ia., and in the spring they will move on the F. F. Klosterman farm near Prairieville, which Mr. Lefever has purchased. The STANDARD joins their large number of friends in wishing them happiness and prosperity.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds
The weekly Sterling Standard, January 2, 1896, page B7, column 1.

At Amboy, Ill., Friday evening, January 16th, 1891, at 7:30 o'clock, occurred the marriage of Mr. C. H. Loomis, our efficient foreman, and Miss Henrietta Houston, at the home of the bride's parents; Rev. R. A. Morley officiating. They departed for Milledgeville on the Burlington, at 8 o'clock. Although we wish the bride and groom a long, prosperous and happy journey through life, yet we would extend our sympathy to several hopeful young ladies in this vicinity, who will now be disconsolate for several days. We bespeak for Mr. and Mrs. Loomis a hearty reception by our hospitable people.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping

The last man in the world you would expect to furnish a surprise in the matrimonial market is T. Barton McPherson. His friends have always regarded him as a quiet, modest sort of a fellow, with little disposition in his make up for sentiment. But he fooled 'em. On Wednesday, March 9, 1887, he went down to Franklin Grove and with the assistance of the M. E. minister, Rev. Stufl, he married one of the best looking and most estimable young ladies of that town, Miss Carried B. Welch, a lady highly esteemed and superintendent of the Sunday school at that place. Mr. and Mrs. McPherson will make their home in Milledgeville and Free Press joins the many well-wishing friends in congratulations. If you see Bart and not a 6 x 9 smile stickle down over his face, you are safe to approach him
Contributed by Karen Fyock

At the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. M. Clemmer, of Dixon, Ill., May 10, 1904 occurred the marriage of MIss Mattie Fulton and Samuel Russell Rhodes both of that city. The groom is a wealthy young farmer living in the close proximity to the city, and is a well known and highly respected young man of sterling qualities. The bride attired in snowy white and the groom in the conventional black made a fine appearance as they stood under a canopy of ferns and beautiful flowers, as the Rev. E. O. Rife spoke the solemn words that made them one. A grand wedding feast consisting of choice meats, cakes, ice cream and all the delicacies of the season was then greatly enjoyed by all present. The guests present were the immediate friends of the young couple. Those from abroad were, Mr. I. J. Kendell and wife of this city, Mr. Silas Parks and wife of Polo and O. H. Clemmer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They received many beautiful as well as useful presents, consisting of china ware, silver, linen, etc. After their wedding trip to the St. Louis Exposition Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes will be at home to their friends on the groom's farm two and one half miles northwest of Dixon.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping

Charles W. Smith of near Coleta and Miss Mary Reisinger of Sterling were married last Thursday evening at six o'clock at the home of the bride's parents by Rev. C. M. Suter, pastor of the Brethren church at Franklin Grove. Mr. Smith, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Smith and was a graduate from the Milledgeville High School. He has until recently been employed as stenographer in the office of the Keystone Manufacturing Company of Rock Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Smith will live on his father's farm near Coleta.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - March 13, 1903 handwritten date

Wayne Smith, son of Mr.and Mrs. T. G. Smith of Polo and Miss Minnie Cahill were married at high noon, Wednesday, May 18, 1904, at Dixon. The marriage was a private one, only the near relatives of the contracting parties being present. The bride is a respected young lady of Dixon and is an accomplished musician. The groom is well known in Polo and is now engaged as a pharmacist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After a short trip to Chicago and a few days' visit with relatives in Polo and vicinity they will leave for their home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

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