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Marriage Announcements /Articles
from St. Clair County Newspapers
January - March 1921

   Mr. Claude E. Cox and Miss Alma D. Feaster were joined in marriage in Hotel Vannice December 23, Rev. B. F. Lawler solemnizing the sacred rite. They were accompanied by Mrs. Alta Warren and other friends, Judge and Mrs. Vannice giving hearty greetings. Mr. Cox has a position in the United States mail service in Kansas City, and Miss Feaster is the excellent daughter of Captain and Mrs. Feaster, her home being in Iconium. Many friends join in congratulation.  ---Democrat.
(Lowry City Independent, 6 January 1921)

 Alva Weller of this city and Mrs. Rebecca Brown, of Nevada, were united in marriage at the home of the bride in that city Sunday evening at 8:30 o’clock, by Judge Schuyler Andrews. We are informed that they expect to  make their home in this city.
(Appleton City Journal, 6 January 1921)

   Ruben Schillinger and Olive Chambers, both residing near Spruce were married Wednesday at Butler. On Thursday night their friends gathered and gave them an old fashioned charivari. This young couple will live on the groom’s farm a few miles north of Spruce.
(Appleton City Journal, 6 January 1921)

Upper Monegaw.
 The charivari of Guy Barnett Monday night was well attended. All had an enjoyable time and departed at a late hour, wishing them happiness and prosperity.
(Appleton City Journal, 6 January 1921)

   Dr. E. L. Law and Mrs. May Wince were married in Springfield on Monday last. Both the contracting parties are residents of Osceola. Dr. Law has been practicing veterinary surgery here and at Lowry City for several years, while the bride came to Osceola last June, and with her sister, Mrs. Corwin, established a moving picture theater, and by her sunny disposition and winsome ways has made many friends who will join with the Democrat in wishing them a life of unalloyed happiness. They returned to Osceola Tuesday night and are now “at home” on the east side. --- Democrat
(Lowry City Independent, 13 January 1921)

Pleasant Gap.
Henry Thomas and his new bride were seen hauling wood from Will Thomas’ sawmill Monday.
(Appleton City Journal, 13 January 1921)

Friends in this city are in receipt of a Los Angeles paper giving account of a most brilliant wedding which occurred in the Christian church of that city, Jan. 5, 1921, the contracting parties being Miss Orpha Mae Klinker and Wm. E. Ooley. The paper states that the bride abandoned the gay whirl of the city’s smart set to win fame as a commercial artist about two years ago and had so rapidly risen in eminence that many camera magazines now request her charming illustrations. The groom is the son of Mrs. Etta Ooley, who will be well and favorably remembered by many people here, Mrs. Ooley being a teacher in the public schools, while this young man was a small boy. Mrs. Ooley and her two children went from here to Jacksonville, Ill., where she taught school for several years, then going to Los Angeles, where this boy developed into a man of whom any mother might justly be proud. He is a singer of recognized ability, and besides his work as soloist, is assistant manager of the Pacific Audit and System company of Los Angeles. Mrs. Dica Payne-Wilson, now of Los Angeles, was a guest of the groom’s family at the wedding.
(Appleton City Journal, 13 January 1921)

Mr. Erven Parker Board of Appleton City, Mo., and Alpha Dale Briscoe, of Foster, Mo., were united in marriage at the bride’s home near Foster Friday, December 24, 1920, by Rev. L. W. Keele, of Butler. Mr. Board is a prominent young farmer of the Appleton City community where he has a host of friends. Mrs. Board is the popular teacher of the Greenview school and has many friends who join in hearty congratulations. After the ceremony a bountiful wedding supper was served by the bride’s mother, assisted by her sister Opal, and friend Miss Ada May. They will make their home at present near Foster.
(Appleton City Journal, 13 January 1921)

“It’s all in a day’s routine work,” thought the telegraph operators as the relays clicked out a  message from Clinton, Mo., to Colton, Calif., Friday. To them it meant nothing more than another part of the day’s work accomplished. But to the one reading between the lines of the two messages---one speeding to Colton, Calif., and the other an answer---it meant romance and happiness, ushered in with the new year.
   When Sterling William Elsbury and Goldie May Dorward, both of Montrose, called at the County Recorder’s office Friday to get a marriage license, Deputy Recorder Mrs. Gilliland was forced to refuse because Miss Dorward was only sixteen years of age and her father’s consent in writing had not been obtained. After a moment of anxious consultation, the telegram was sent to G. B. Dorward, at Colton, Calif. Shortly after 2 p.m. the return came, “Yes, it is all right.”
  But by this time the last train back to Montrose was due and they hurried to the station, leaving word with Mrs. Gilliland to have the license waiting for them Saturday. Saturday noon they were united in marriage by Rev. D. F. Risk at his residence. The Democrat wishes them all good fortune during the coming years.
And if the telegraph operators between here and California knew the story of those messages clicking over the wires, they would smile and probably gaze dreamily into space, for truly romance is a wonderful thing. ---Democrat.
(Appleton City Journal, 13 January 1921)

   Democrat:  Clyde William Robbins and Miss Mary Susan Ritchie were married at Hotel Vannice Wednesday, January 12, by Rev. B. F. Lawler. Judge and Mrs. Vannice and others witnessed the ceremony. The young couple were accompanied by Frank Ritchie, a brother of the bride. Mr. Robbins is a prosperous farmer in the Ohio neighborhood, where the young couple will reside and where they have the esteem and respect of the entire community. The Democrat extends congratulations.
(Lowry City Independent, 20 January 1921)

Homan Houk and Miss Ruth Evans, both of St. Clair county, were married January 7th at Stockton. The bride is a successful teacher having charge of the Concord school this year. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Houk of east of Osceola, and is regarded as a very promising young man.
(Appleton City Journal, 20 January 1921)

Clyde W. Robbins and Miss Susie Ritchie, both of the Ohio vicinity, were married in Osceola last week by Rev. B. F. Lawler. We have no further particulars regarding the wedding.
(Appleton City Journal, 27 January 1921)

Marriage Licenses
Edwin Wheeler---------------------------------------Osceola
Nellia Bernard----------------------------------------Osceola

T. O. Masterson------------------------------------Taberville
Birdia H. Hays-------------------------------------Taberville
(Lowry City Independent, 3 February 1921)

   In spite of the bad weather, the wedding bells are ringing. Walter Fox and Miss Gusta Fischer, and George Hartrader and Miss Sophia Fischer were united in marriage last Friday at the court house in Butler.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 February 1921)

Mrs. Winnie Cherry of Appleton City and J. W. Parham of Nevada were united in marriage in the latter city last Monday morning, the ceremony being performed by Rev. J. W. Sickerson of that place.
The groom is a former resident of El Dorado, having grown to manhood here, being the son of the late J. W. Parham, a pioneer resident of this vicinity, and is a brother of Mrs. Ada Guthridge of this city, and he still has numerous friends here whose congratulations are extended to him and his bride.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Lee of Appleton City, and while she is a stranger here, she is a young woman of many excellent qualities and is fitted in every way to become the helpmeet of the man she has chosen. Mr. Parham and bride spent a short time in El Dorado Tuesday visiting at the home of Mrs. Guthridge, returning to Nevada the same day, where the former holds a position with the Union News Co. They will make their home for the present at the Depot Hotel in that place.---Sun.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 February 1921)

   George Heartrader and Miss Sophia Fisher were married Friday and the regular charivari took place that night. They will live on the Frank Davis farm this year.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 February 1921)

   Mr. Raymond Duffy and Miss Beulah Stamper, of east and southeast of this city, were united in marriage at Nevada the first of the week. The wedding was somewhat of a surprise to friends of the couple, as both are still of “tender” years, the groom being eighteen years of age, while the bride is four or five years his junior. The usual congratulations and well wishes are extended.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 February 1921)

Miss Louise Johannah Hellwig, a popular young lady of the Pleasant Gap neighborhood, and Mr. William Clark Burge, grandson of the late Senator Clark Wix, of near Spruce, were united in marriage on last Tuesday afternoon at the Presbyterian manse by the Rev. John B. Clyde. The ceremony was performed in the presence of only a few immediate friends. The young people have the best wishes of a host of friends.---Butler Democrat.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 February 1921)

   Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Parham, newlyweds, of Nevada, have been spending several days in this city at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Lee.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 February 1921) 

   Edwin Wheeler, of the Dillon community, and Miss Nellie Bernard, of King’s Prairie, were united in marriage at Osceola, Wednesday, January 26th.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 February 1921)

Mr. Ray Mills and Miss Bessie Cooper were united in marriage by George A. Byrd, at the courthouse at Ottawa, Kansas, Thursday, February 10. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Moree, and family, Mrs. Moree being a sister of the bride. Mr. Mills is a son of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Mills of Osawatomie, Kans. He is a capable young farmer, and is well known in Franklin county, Kansas, where he has a host of friends. Mrs. Mills is a daughter of Mrs. May Cooper of Chalk Level and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Cooper of Lowry City. She is well and favorably known in this part of St. Clair county, and her friends here will wish the newlyweds much happiness. They will make their home on the groom’s farm near Osawatomie.
(Lowry City Independent, 17 February 1921)

   Mr. Charles McCoy and Miss Gladys Cooper were united in marriage by Probate Judge T. G. Bernard at Osceola, Sunday, February 13. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Cooper of west of Lowry City, and has many friends in this part of the country. The groom’s home is at Louisburg, Kansas. They will make their home at Drexel, Missouri. The Independent joins their friends in wishing them much happiness.
(Lowry City Independent, 17 February 1921)

   Mr. and Mrs. James Strait, residing west of Butler, celebrated their golden wedding Sunday, six of their children being present. They are pioneer citizens of Bates county.
(Appleton City Journal, 17 February 1921)

A wedding of special interest to the people of Butler, Mo., occurred Wednesday evening, February 9, 1921, at the home of Rev. Frank S. Arnold, 3642 Charlotte St., Kansas City, when Miss Edna V. Ellington and Mr. R. A. Schuller were united in marriage.
   Mrs. Schuller is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Ellington of this city. She is a graduate of the Butler High School and after two years in Warrensburg Normal, she taught school for two years and was a most successful teacher. She has been employed for the past two months as a stenographer at the Sweeney Auto School in Kansas City.
Mr. Schuller is the youngest son of Mrs. W. J. Schuller of Appleton City. He is a graduate of Appleton City High school and now holds a position with the B. R. Electric Co., in Kansas City.
After a short visit to St. Louis the happy couple will be at home to their host of friends at 3202 Benton Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Their many friends extend most hearty congratulations.
(Appleton City Journal, 17 February 1921)

A miscellaneous shower was given at Mr. and Mrs. Luther Poindexter’s at Johnson City, February 12, 1921, in honor of Mrs. Poindexter’s brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Zeiler, it being planned as a surprise on the bride and groom. All details were carried out nicely, the bride and groom being pleased as well as surprised. They received many nice presents. The evening was spent with music and social conversation. The music was rendered by Mr. Shoemaker, Mr. Hays, Mr. Stamper, Cris Lillard, Everett Nichols and Mrs. Vern Dines. Refreshments were served, and at a late hour all departed, convinced that Mr. and Mrs. Poindexter were excellent host and hostess, and wishing Mr. and Mrs. Zeiler a long and happy life.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Zode Underwood and baby; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Carroll and daughters Opau and Velma; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stamper and daughter Clarene; Mrs. Laura Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hays and daughter Alberta; Mr. and Mrs. Stub Shoemaker; Mrs. Shoop; Mr. and Mrs. Elmore Smith and daughter Evelyn; Mrs. J. C. Ditty; Cameron Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Magness Cockrell; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dingue and son Philip; Mr. and Mrs. Cap Long and son Lloyd; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Ditty and daughter Leona; Mrs. John Hixon and son Charles; Mrs. Osborn and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. John Dines and son Ted; Mr. and Mrs. Hill and children, Mary and Lee; Mr. Oath Nichols; Mr. and Mrs. Blenden; Mrs. Kate Zook; Mr. and Mrs. Vern Dines; Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler Dines; Mrs. Chas. Lillard; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Duffy; Messrs. Cecil Shoemaker, Mike Bishop, John Shannon, Troy Carroll, Bert Dines, Orval Dines, Leonard Dean, Clelvie Carroll, Chas. Hill, Kirmet Allison, Criss Lillard, Everett Nichols, Willie Hill, Lawrence Long; Misses Grace Purvis, Dorothy Dines, Nina Nichols, Bertha Dines and Bessie Hixon.
(Appleton City Journal, 17 February 1921)

   Mrs. Dimple Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hempel of Pittsburg, Kansas, was united in marriage with Mr. William Henry Moss, at 10 o’clock, Sunday morning, February 13, at Webb City, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Moss will make their home at Pitcher, Oklahoma, where Mr. Moss has employment in the mines. The bride is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. White of Lowry City and has visited here at the home of her grandparents.
(Lowry City Independent, 24 February 1921)

 A wedding of more than usual interest to the people of this vicinity took place at Nevada last Thursday, February 17th, at 1 o’clock p.m., the contracting parties being Mr. Vern S. Crowder and Miss Lotha E. Douglas, both of this city. They were accompanied to Nevada by O. K. Crowder, a brother of the groom, and his wife, and the ceremony was performed in the office of Probate Judge Moss, who tied the nuptial knot.
Mr. Crowder is well and favorably known to the people of this community, having been raised here, and is regarded as one of Appleton City’s most prominent and capable young business men. For the past year or more he has been proprietor of the Purity Baker, and his popularity and close attention to business has won him an increasing patronage.
The bride is a daughter of Stephen A. Douglas, proprietor of the Appleton City Music Store, and who located in this city some months ago. She is a young lady of culture and refinement and an accomplished musician.
The many friends of these popular young people wish them an abundance of happiness and prosperity as they embark upon life’s rugged pathway together, and in this wish The Journal joins most heartily.
(Appleton City Journal, 24 February 1921)

The marriage of Mr. Ernest Browning and Miss Irene Jones was solemnized at the M. E. parsonage in this city Sunday, Feb. 27, 1921, at 4:30 p.m., Rev. Thos. J. Haney officiating.
The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Browning and is a young man of many sterling qualities of character, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Georgia Jones, of near this city. She is an accomplished young lady and very popular among her many friends and acquaintances. The young couple will go to housekeeping on the Henry Layher farm south of town. The Journal, with their legion of friends, extends the usual congratulations, and expresses the hope that the years that lie before them will be crowded full of prosperity and the sunshine of happiness.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 March 1921)

The home of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Stamper was the scene of a happy gathering Saturday evening, February 19th; when a miscellaneous shower was given Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Duffy, newly-weds. Music and refreshments added to the enjoyment of the occasion. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Duffy and baby; Mr. and Mrs. Cap Long; Mr. and Mrs. Arva Ridgway; Mr. and Mrs. Osborn and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. W. Dines and family; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Ditty and family; Leslie and Will Dines; Mr. an Mrs. Hill and family; Mrs. Larkin and family, Fred and Myrtle Larkin; Mr. Beard and family; Mrs. Quick and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. John Moore and family; Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Ditty and family; Herbert Dines; Fay Duffy; Mr. and Mrs. Ike Zink and family; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Carroll and family; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Nevius and daughters Olive and Fern; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Swain; Wm. Dean and C. Lillard.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 March 1921)

Mr. Charles M. Hannah and Miss Pearl E. Gregory were united in marriage at Omaha, Nebraska, Wednesday, February 23. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Chas. W. Savidge of Omaha, who is known as “the marrying parson,” and this was his 4, 968th couple united by him in bonds of matrimony. Mr. Hannah is a son of Mr. and Mrs. LaRue Reading of Lowry City, and was born and reared here. For the past several years he has been employed by the Omaha Traction Company. The bride’s home is at Calgary, Canada. The young couple will make their home temporarily at Omaha, but eventually plan to live at Calgary. Mr. Hannah’s friends here will wish he and his bride much happiness.
(Lowry City Independent, 10 March 1921)

Mrs. Charles Huffman received a miscellaneous bridal shower from her young lady friends, Friday evening.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 March 1921)

   Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hall of Schell City attended the wedding of Charles Huffman and Alma Hall, Sunday.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 March 1921)

A pretty home wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Hall, Sunday afternoon, March 6th, at 3 o’clock, at which time their eldest daughter, Alma Elizabeth, was united in marriage to Mr. Charles C. Huffman. The bride and groom were attended by Miss Violet Huffman, sister of the groom, and Mr. Wm. Hall, brother of the bride. Rev. Mathews of Rockville M. E. church officiated.
The bride wore a charming dress of beaded white satin. The groom was attired in a suit of blue serge.
Immediately following the ceremony a delicious three-course luncheon was served.
    The bride is a graduate of the Rockville High School and also attended High School in Appleton City. She is well fitted in every way to become the wife of this young man who is one of our rising young farmers of today. They will be at home on the groom’s farm four miles east of Rockville after March 10th.
  Those present were: Rev. Mathews and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Piepmeier and daughter Jessie Lee of Appleton City; Mr. W. H. Woods; Misses Violet and Erma Huffman, Wm. Huffman, Robert Neale, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hall, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Hall and family.
 On Friday eve, March 4th, the bride was given a miscellaneous shower and received many beautiful and useful gifts.
Hosts of friends extend congratulations to this young couple.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 March 1921)

Mr. Walter Mayer and Miss Mabel Clay were united in marriage by the Rev. L. D. Crawford at his home in the Valhalla neighborhood, Wednesday, March 9. Both groom and bride are natives of St. Clair county. The former, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ahart Mayer of the Short district was born and reared in the Star neighborhood southeast of Lowry City. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Clay of near Brown’s Ford and was born and reared in that community. For the present, we understand, the young couple will make their home with Mr. Mayer’s parents on their farm southwest of here. Their many friends will join in wishing them much happiness.
(Lowry City Independent, 17 March 1921)

A wedding of interest to many readers of this paper took place at Kansas City, Saturday, March 12th, the contracting parties being Miss Martha Elizabeth Noel, of that city, and Raymond F. Buland, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Buland, of this city, but who is now employed at Bartlesville, Okla. The wedding was attended by near relatives of both parties. They expect to make their home at Bartlesville. Their many friends wish them much joy and happiness.
(Appleton City Journal, 17 March 1921)

   Married, at Kansas City, on March 9th, Mr. Ralph Oberwetter of Fort Worth, Texas, and Miss Mabel Schmitt, daughter of Mrs. Priscilla Schmitt living about seven miles east of this city. Mrs. Oberwetter is visiting her mother at the present time, but will join her husband shortly.
(Appleton City Journal, 17 March 1921)

   Walter Mayers and Miss Mabel Clay were quietly married at the residence of and by Rev. L. D. Crawford of Jackson township last Wednesday. The groom is a son of Ahart Mayers, well known citizen of the northeast part of the county, while the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Clay of near Valhalla, Jackson township. Miss Clay has been engaged for several years teaching in various districts of the county. Mr. Mayers is a young farmer and they will make their home on a farm, he and a brother being associated with their father in conducting a farm.

(Appleton City Journal, 24 March 1921)
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Donnohue, of Sedalia, arrived in this city Tuesday morning for a visit with his mother, and other relatives. The trip is in the nature of a honeymoon as Mr. and Mrs. Donnohue have been married only a week and this is the first visit of the bride to our city.
(Appleton City Journal, 31 March 1921)

Mr. Roy Deems and Miss Katherina Kauffman were united in marriage at the home of Mr. Elmer Hall, ten miles southeast of Butler, on March 24th, at the hour of 7 p.m.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Deems, respectable farmers residing about 12 miles southeast of Butler. The bride is a niece of Mrs. Elmer Hall and is an orphan. There were no guests except the immediate members of the families and the Sunday school class of the bride. The groom was dressed in the conventional black and the bride looked beautiful in a dress of crepe de chine and white satin. The parlors were very appropriately decorated with house flowers and wedding bells. Following the wedding ceremony, the bride led the way to the dining hall where delicate refreshments were served. Scarcely were the refreshments disposed of when the familiar noise of the old time “shiveree” crowd was heard from without, which was made up of the old and young from four miles around. But the “shivereers” got shivered, before they were remunerated. At the first pop of the guns the newlyweds disappeared as suddenly as if the earth had swallowed them up. A cleverly devised trap door which represented the genius of Mr. and Mrs. Hall did its work and bloodhounds would have been defeated. But when the crowd finally decided to say “calf rope” the bride and groom reappeared and did themselves credit in the bountiful way in providing for the weary mob of friends. Cake, candy, apples and cigars were served, after which all took their departure, each one wishing a happy future for Mr. and Mrs. Deems and in the confidence that they will prove a splendid asset to every dignified department of society, commerce and industry. They will be at home at once, one-half mile south of Double Branch church.
(Appleton City Journal, 31 March 1921)

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