1917 Lyon County Minnesota Mascot marriage entries
extracted by Becky Davidson
It's a good old saying that "only the brave deserve the fair." Two fair daughters of this locality have been led to the altar this week by two of our brave young men. That the young ladies are fair will not be denied by anyone who is acquainted with them and we propose that the young men are brave by the simple statement that they went and got their brides and were married in the worst weather that we have had this winter. It takes a brave man to brave the storm that we had Tuesday and Wednesday but that is just what Leo Buysse and Charley Buysse did. The first named was married on Tuesday [January 30, 1917] and the second on Wednesday [January 31, 1917], and if this year is to furnish any more difficult days for the performance of that important and delicate function they have yet to come.
The first wedding was on Tuesday, when Leo Buysse and Miss Lillian DeVetter were united in marriage at the church of St Eloi, in Ghent. The second was on the following day when Chas Buysse and Miss Mary Bot were married in the same church.
Father Van Walleghem celebrated the nuptial mass and performed the ceremony in each instance.
Leo Buysse is the son of Mr and Mrs Frank Buysse and his bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Julius DeVetter, all of Westerheim.
Chas Buysse is a son of Mrs P Buysse and his bride is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bernard Bot, of Ghent.
The bad weather interfered with the wedding plans to some extent, but the homes of the respective brides were, nevertheless, the scenes of a happy party and a pleasant event.
Both these couples will make their homes in Westerheim. In fact, beautiful, modern homes are awaiting each bride and both couples begin their married life under the most favorable of conditions.
All the four young people mentioned in this article are well known here and enjoy a very large circle of friends. The four families contributing to these nuptials are among the most prominent and substantial in the community. The Mascot takes pleasure in extending hearty congratulations to all concerned.
Henry G Stenerson and Miss Victoria Duthoy were married by the Honorable J V Matthews, judge of probate, at Marshall, last Wednesday [February 14, 1917].
The bridegroom has lived in the township of Nordland since a boy and his family, the Stenersons, is one of the pioneer families of Nordland. Henry is a capable young fellow and has friends in every part of this locality. He is a steady, hardworking man and is of the kind that furnish the material from whish progressive, thrifty and enterprising communities are built.
The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Duthoy and is spoken of in terms of praise by those who know her. The Duthoys are recent arrivals in Nordland, having lived there about three years.
Mr and Mrs Stenerson will live on the old Stenerson homestead in Nordland. The best wishes of many friends go with them as they begin their career as man and wife. The Mascot joins in extending congratulations.
William Gossen and Miss Elizabeth Dirckx were united in marriage at the Catholic church in Ghent last Tuesday [April 17, 1917] morning at 9 o'clock. Father Van Wellingham officiated.
After the ceremony at the church the bridal party and friends left for the home of Mr and Mrs Dircks, in Grandview, where a wedding breakfast was served and where the afternoon was pleasantly spent by a number of guests, which included intimate friends and near relatives of the contracting parties. In the evening the bridal couple and their friends came to Ghent where a reception and dance in honor of the occasion took place. Several hundred young people took part in this affair and the very best of time is reported. The families joined through this marriage are among the foremost in this community and nothing was spared to make the affair one worthy of the standing and popularity of the participants.
The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Constant Dirckx while the bridegroom is a son of John Gossen. They are both favorably known here and have a large number of friends. The bridegroom has been making his home in Montana for the last four years and it is to his domicile in that state that he will take his young bride.
With Mr and Mrs Gossen go the best wishes of the community for their happiness and prosperity in the future.
Aime De Sutter, assistant cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank, of Minneota, and Miss Loraine Lee, of St Paul, were married at the Cathedral, in St Paul, on May 2nd .
Mr and Mrs De Sutter arrived in Minneota on Thursday evening of last week.
Mr De Sutter has been in the bank referred to for a number of years. He began as a stenographer and has now been promoted to the position of assistant cashier. He has proven himself efficient in every detail of the work assigned him and he has won for himself the confidence of the bank management and the public generally. He has been very popular with the young people of the community and has taken a leading part in the social activities of the town. Aime has proven himself worthy in every particular and there is not a person in town but is ready at all time to speak a good word for him.
His charming young bride comes to us highly recommended. She is a St Paul girl and while that town is a little larger than Minneota it does not have, in proportion to population, any more good people in it than Minneota has and in the name of all of these we take it upon ourselves to bid Mrs De Sutter heartily welcome to the best little town in Minnesota.
The community's congratulations and good wishes are freely extended.
R M Reinertson, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs Helma Nicholson, of Minneota, were married at Marshall last Tuesday [May 22, 1917] by Rev Edw Birkholtz.
The marriage took place Tuesday afternoon, the bridal couple, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Leisure, driving by auto to the county seat.
The bride is a native of this village, her parents being Mr and Mrs H O Hanson, of this place. She was formerly married to Nick Nicholson, who died several years ago. She is a capable and popular young woman and Mr Reinertson is to be congratulated upon his good fortune.
Mr Reinertson appears to be a fine young man and he has made many friends in Minneota during his visits here. He is on the road for a Chicago grain commission firm and makes his home in Des Moines to which place he will take his bride.
Mr and Mrs Reinertson left Minneota Wednesday morning and will spend their honeymoon traveling through Southern Minnesota and Iowa, by automobile.
A quiet wedding was solemnized at the Norwegian Lutheran parsonage at 8 o'clock Wednesday [June 6, 1817] evening, uniting in marriage Hulda Sophia Pearson and Iver John Anderson. Rev E J Hinderlie read the marriage service.
Those who attended the bridal couple were Guynoir Funden and Carl Anderson, brother of the bridegroom.
The bride wore a gown of white silk crepe de chine with white georgette crepe sleeves. The full tulle veil was made cap effect and was held in place by a band of forget-me-nots and white roses. She carried a shower bouquet of brides' roses.
The bridesmaid wore a gown of white net with a bodice of pale pink messaline embroidered in gold beads. She carried a bouquet of pink roses.
Following the ceremony a four-course dinner was served to the immediate relatives at the bride's home, after which followed a solo by Miss Evelyn Myers. Miss Funden rendered a few instrumental selections. The evening passed very pleasantly. The bridal party left on the midnight train for Minneapolis to spend their honeymoon.
The bridegroom is one of Minneota's young business men, a popular and prosperous fellow who has the confidence of the people generally.
The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs S M Pearson and a graduate of the Minneota High School, class of 1916. She is a clever, accomplished young lady who has won the regard of a large circle of associates for the good sense and practical judgment she always displays. The Mascot congratulates.
William Arts and Miss Rose Buckley were united in marriage at St Edward's church, in Minneota, last Tuesday [June 5, 1917]. The ceremony was performed by Father W J Stewart, at nine o'clock in the morning and was witnessed by many friends and relatives of the contracting parties.
The bride wore a beautiful dress made of white material and also the bridal veil.
After the ceremony at the church the bridal couple and the guests went out to the home of the bride's parents, Mr and Mrs John Buckley, where the wedding dinner was served to about one hundred people.
The home was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the guests were made comfortable and the afternoon and evening were most pleasantly spent. Dancing, singing and visiting were the chief forms of amusement. The children's tent was a feature of the comforts provided that proved very popular. All the children, and there were many of them, were cared for and dined in a tent on the lawn and it was a pleasure to see the little ones running about and just having the time of their lives.
The food, the service, the atmosphere of ease and comfort that surrounded everything in and about the place, were all testimonies to the skill possessed and the pains taken by Mrs Buckley and her assistants. There was nothing left undone to administer to the pleasure and comfort of the guests - but it must also be understood that Mr Buckley did all in his power to make the day a pleasant one and his share in the entertainment was by no means neglected.
The weatherman was the only one who failed to do his duty on this occasion and his thoughtless and unfavorable manner of behaving himself contributed the only unpleasantness that there was in the whole affair. Evidently the weatherman got his dates mixed and instead of sending nice, pleasasnt sunshine he soaked us with a drenching rain and persisted in keeping up that kind of meanness all day and all night.
However, in spite of this lack of consideration on the part of the weatherman the day proved to be one of marked pleasure for those who were fortunate enough to be the guests of Mr and Mrs Buckley on this occasion.
William Arts, the bridegroom, is at present located at Hibbing, Minn., but he is no stranger in this locality as he spent some time here several years ago. He came here from Wisconsin, where his people live, and during his stay here spent most of his time at the home of Mr and Mrs Anton Bankers. Mr Arts is a fine young man and that he has before him a promising career no one doubts.
Miss Rose Buckley is one of the girls of this community that hundreds of enthusiastic friends will vouch for. She is capable, she is sensible, she is brought up to do her part in home, church, society and neighborhood and her husband will find that he has drawn a real prize in the so-called lottery of matrimony.
Mr and Mrs Arts, after a brief visit with relatives of Mr Arts, in Wisconsin, will go to Hibbing Minnesota to make their home. With their friends the Mascot joins in wishing them God-speed and a pleasant journey upon the matrimonial sea.
We have received a card from Powell, Wyoming, announcing the marriage of Sigurd M Askdal and Miss Alta M Claflin, at that place on Wednesday, June 6th .
The bridegroom is a son of Mr and Mrs S M S Askdal of Minneota and is a young man born and brought up in this locality. He has been in Powell for some months. He and his bride both graduated from the Minneota High School several years ago, in the same class. Mr Askdal is a young man of ability, a man of spirit, independence and intelligence. He is that kind who will "either find a way or make one." His many friends here wish him success in his new home and also in his new relationship to society.
Miss Claflin was a student of the Minneota High School and was graduated from it, as before stated, several years ago. She was a resident of Minneota but for a short time and still she is remembered here by her classmates and other young friends with the kindest of feelings. She showed herself a worthy young lady and her friends and acquaintances here wish her happiness and success.
Where the young couple will make their home we have not heard but presume they will remain in Wyoming for the present.
The Mascot congratulates.
E F Hagerty and Miss Sophia Olafson were married at Marshall last Monday.
Mr Hagerty came over from Big Stone City last Sunday and the intention was to have Rev Hinderlie perform the ceremony but he was in St Paul and so the bridal couple went to Marshall and the ceremony was performed by a clergyman in that city.
Mr and Mrs Hagerty went through from Marshall to Watertown and from there on to Big Stone City, S D. where Mr Hagerty is engaged in business.
The announcement of this marriage came as a surprise to the friends of the contracting parties in this city, so well had they managed to keep their intentions secret.
Mr Hagerty was employed in Minneota for nearly a year, about three or four years ago, bus since that time has been making his home in several places and is now located at Big Stone City, S D, where he is conducting a very successful business and prospering nicely. Mr Hagerty's trade is that of a barber and he ranks among the very best when it comes to skill in his business. As far as we know him he is a genial fellow, anxious to please his trade and ready to go out of his way to do a friend a good turn.
The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Einar Olafson and is a young lady who has been brought up in Minneota. She is a graduate of the Minneota High School where she has an excellent record for scholarship. She has been teaching school in the rural districts in this vicinity for several terms and has been making good. She is a most excellent young lady and possesses that quality that assure success in the management of a home. Mr Hagerty is much to be congratulated upon having won the hand of this girl for he will find that in the building of their future home she will not be lacking in the discharge of the duties that fall to her lot.
With the friends of this young couple the Mascot joins in extending congratulations and good wishes.
Martin Hansen and Miss Frieda Stone were married at the Icelandic church in Minneota last Monday [June 18, 1917] evening. The ceremony was performed by Rev B B Jonsson, of Winnipeg.
The bride is a daughter of Th Stone, of Minneota, and is a young lady of culture and refinement. She has been teaching school in this vicinity and has proven herself a very successful instructor.
The bridegroom is a young man whose home has been at Tyler, Minn., and he is spoken of in the highest terms by those who know him.
Mr and Mrs Hansen will make their home at Brookings, S D.
The Mascot congratulates.
Horace Hay and Miss Rose Shimek were united in marriage at Canby last Wednesday [July 18, 1917].
The bridegroom is a son of Mr and Mrs John Hay, of Burton, and is with his father assisting in the operation of the home farm. He is a promising young man and has been active in the social life of the community in which he lives. He is popular with the young people and also has the good will and confidence of his elders.
The bride's people live in Taunton and she has been prominently identified with the activities of the young people of that vicinity. She is most highly spoken of by all her many acquaintances.
A reception and dance were given at the home of John Smisek in honor of the event.
Mr and Mrs Hay will make their home in Burton. The Mascot congratulates.
Miss Inger Gillund and Martin Helleson were married at the Norwegian parsonage on Wednesday, August 15th , at 2:00 pm, Rev J W Johnshoy officiating.
The bride is a young lady from Minneota, Minn., and the groom is a son of Mr and Mrs Juul Helleson living southwest of Tracy. The young people were attended by Mr Gillund of Minneota and Miss Julia Helleson. A reception was held at the Juul Helleson home on Wednesday evening.
Mr and Mrs Helleson will make their home on his farm two miles east of the Holand church. --Tracy Headlight
Phillip Van Landegen and Miss Lorand DeLille were married at the Catholic church here last Tuesday [August 28, 1917] morning, Father W J Stewart officiating.
The bridegroom has been a resident of this locality for some time and has been one of the renters of what is known as the Thompson farm joining the corporation on the west. He is a hardworking young man who has made good financially and also made many friends since coming here. He is an exceptionally successful, energetic and efficient young man. The bride comes from Irene, S D, and is spoken of very highly by her acquaintances here. Mr Van Landegen and Miss DeLille were acquainted in Belgium, before they came to America.
The newly married couple will take up their residence on the farm mentioned above.
The Mascot congratulates.
James Andrew Dwyer and Miss Edith Marie Marcotte were united in marriage, at the church of the Holy Redeemer, in Marshall, last Tuesday [ September 4, 1917].
The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Oliver Marcotte and has been prominent in the younger social set in that city. She has also many friends and acquaintances in MInnetoa as she has frequently visited with her young friends in this city. She is a lady of pleasing personality and our friend Jim is to be highly congratulated upon his good fortune.
James Dwyer is a son of Mr and Mrs H M Dwyer, of Minneota, and has been making his home in Welch, Mont., for a number of years. He has spent practically all his life in this locality and we all know him and can vouch for him as a worthy boy in every respect. He is making good in the West and we trust that he may continue to succeed and prosper which we feel that he is doubly certain to do now that he has secured such an efficient helpmeet.
All the relatives of the bridegroom and many friends from here went to Marshall to attend the wedding.
The young couple will make their home at Welch, Mont.
The Mascot extends congratulations.
James G Bowe and Miss Martha Graham were united in marriage at the Catholic parsonage in Minneota, last Thursday [September 27, 1917] evening, father W J Stewart, performing the ceremony.
The bride is a daughter of Mr and Mrs W B Graham and has lived with her parents in Minneota since childhood. She has attended the public schools of Minneota since a child and is a favorite among the younger set in this village.
The bridegroom is a young man who came to Minneota last April from Lindstrom, Minn., and has been making his home here since. He hs been employed in the Groff barbershop and has made friends among the men with whom he has come in contact.
This young couple begin their married life with the best wishes of a host of friends and the future has for them the brightest of prospects.
They will make their home in Minneota for the present. The Mascot congratulates.
William Goslar and Miss Louise Kindelberger were united in marriage last Wednesday, Oct 24th  at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Both the contracting parties are well known in this county and have won for themselves the good wished and the kind regard of all those who have come in contact with them. They are both popular in this community and their friends are numerous.
The Mascot wishes this young couple a most pleasant honeymoon and trusts that they may long live to enjoy the pleasures and profits of a well spent life in a community like the one that we are inhabiting.
L J McDonald and Miss Mary Rice were married at the Church of the Ascension, in Minneapolis, Wednesday morning, Oct 24 . Father Harrington officiated.
Following the ceremony at the church a reception in honor of the newly married couple was held at the home of the bride's parents, Mr and Mrs John Rice, at 1013 Bryant Ave North.
Mr and Mrs McDonald are expected to return to Minneota this week.
Miss Mary Rice was for several years principal of the Minneota High School and in that capacity won the respect and esteem of the students to a degree not surpassed by anyone occupying that position here. Her efficiency in her profession was recognized by all and her personality made for her friends throughout the whole community. Her return to Minneota will be warmly welcomed by a host of friends.
The young man who was so richly favored as to win the hand of this young lady is one of the leading young farmers of this community, Larry McDonald. Everybody here knows Larry and everybody likes him. He is a son of Mr and Mrs L McDonald, of this city, and is recognized by all his associates as a man of sterling worth.
The Mascot takes pleasure in extending to Mr and Mrs McDonald the hearty welcome of the community and wishes them a long and happy life.
Miss Dicka Amundson, a popular and well known young lady of Minneota who has been for several months sojourning in North Dakota was one of the principals in a double wedding at Williston, N D, in which other former Minneotans also figured. The Williston Herald gives the following account of the wedding: "Peter A Strand, son of Mr and Mrs O P Strand of Buford and Miss Fredricka Amundson, daughter of Mr and Mrs G Amundson, of Minneota, Minn, and Wilhelm F Strand and Miss Ida Hjelter, daughter of Mr and Mrs Iver Hjelter, of Walhalla, pledged their fidelity to the marriage vow Wednesday [October 24? 1917] evening at the Lutheran parsonage, Rev C J Ferster officiating.
"The brides are held in high esteem and in the walk of life will prove a blessing to the exemplary young men who have won their affection.
"The witnesses to the ceremony were Mr and Mrs Theodore Alleckson, Mrs Alleckson being a sister to the bridegrooms.
"After the marriage the little daughter of Mr and Mrs Alleckson was christened Estella May."