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A Former “Miss El Dorado” Weds Young Wichitan in El Dorado First Christian Church

WHITE GLADIOLI IN BLUE – trimmed baskets and pairs of white candelabra tied with blue satin ribbon formed background for the ceremony.Henry Marley, organist, played “Always,” “Wedding Prayer,” and the traditional wedding marches.

Douglas Rickey and Paul Hull, Jr., brother and cousin of the bride, seated the guests. The candles were lighted by Susan K. Hull and Peggy Milbourn, cousins of the bride.

In Lace and Satin

Given in marriage by her grandfather, Mr. Ross Wheeler of Towanda, the bride was lovely in a dress fashioned by Gertrude Canada and of Chantilly lace over white satin. Fashioned with fitted bodice, the dress had a wide satin cummerbund, a bolero jacket of Chantilly lace, tapered sleeves and a full skirt extending into a chapel train. A tiara of pearls held the finger-tip veil of silk illusion, and she carried a lace handkerchief made by her great great grandmother, Mrs. C. D. Waldo. She wore the bridegroom’s gift, a single strand of pearls, and carried an all-white bouquet of two large orchids encircled with liies of the valley and tied with white satin streamers.

Mrs. Larry D. Duntz was the matron of honor and Miss Linda Holstin the bridesmaid. They wore azure blue nylon dresses made with scoop necklines, tiny sleeves and softly pleated skirts. Their bouquets were of white carnations.

Mr. David Reed served as best man for his brother.

At the Reception

A white lace cloth with blue underlay covered the refreshment table at the reception held in Fellowship Hall. The three-tiered wedding cake was touched with blue in soft shade. Assisting were Miss Mary Ann Wendelburg, Miss Vivian Oakley, Miss Linda Pfortmiller, Mrs. Paul Uhlik and Mrs. Cliff Long. Corsages of white carnations offset their dresses.

Mrs. Richey, mother of the bride, chose a sheath dress of medium blue boucle, and a velvet draped turban with gold trim. The bridegroom’s mother wore a cocoa-brown suit with black velvet hat. Mrs. Ross Wheeler, (Lavera Wagoner) grandmother of the bride, wore a blue silk print dress with black velvet hat, and Mrs. Forrest Garfield, grandmother of the bridegroom was in black nylon taffeta. Their costumes were offset with corsages of pink rosebuds and of white carnations.

When the couple left for Kansas City, the bride traveled in a Copenhagen blue sheath suit, with black accessories.

The bride, a former “Miss El Dorado” and a graduate of El Dorado High School and Wichita Business College, belonged to the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She now is employed by the law firm of McRay and early in Wichita.

Mr. Reed attended Washburn University at Topeka, El Dorado Junior College and night school at University of Wichita. A lifetime DeMolay member and a graduate of Eureka High school, he currently is employed in Wichita where he plans to re-enter the university and to study law. He and his bride are now at home at 824 San Pablos, Wichita.

From Out Of Town

Out of town guests at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Forest Garfield, Cliff, Colo.; Mrs. Margaret Lassman, Miss Karen McGuire, and Hal Lassman, Jr. of Cherryvale; Mrs. Myrtle Myers, Chanute; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Duntz, Elk City, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Don Oblander of Allen; Mrs. Catherine Truskett, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hoobler, and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Jacobs, Eureka; Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Hull, Lawrence; Mrs. Jerry Reed, Derby, Mrs. Paul Pennington, Chartereaux, France; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Mossman, Augusta; Mrs. Duana Elder, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Fisher, Arkansas City; Mr. and Mrs. Ross Wheeler, Towanda; the Misses Linda Pfortmiller, Vivian Oakley and Mary Ann Wendelburg, Wichita. (El Dorado Times, October 17, 1963, transcribed by Peg Luce)


Jos. B. Riddle and his bride (nee Eva Eva Swain) passed through El Dorado at noon. They were married at Fort Scott, yesterday March 2. A “bunch” of young lady associates of Mrs. Riddle went up to the Mo. P. to meet the happy pair and duly razzle dazzled them, viz. the Misses Mamie Austin, Mary Patison, Bay Giffin, Margaret Rhoads, Alma Bartels and Ola. Bessie and Bertha Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Riddle are given a reception at Mr. Riddle’s former home, Andover, this evening. Walnut Valley Times,  March 11, 1904)


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