HER WEDDING BOOK
THE BRIDE HER WEDDING BOOK
A RECORD OF THE LOVE, MARRIAGE & HONEYMOON
OF Benjamin Joseph Franklin Jr.
AND Sarah Eleanor Hollins
THE REILLY & BRITTON CO., PUBLISHERS, CHICAGO
THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES
R. V. Cawthorn of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
OUR FIRST MEETING
Our family moved to Gallatin in January 1912. In a week or two, Edd and I came home from school - at church one February morning I met Ben - whom I had heard of some few weeks after "our crowd" from Nashville came home with us, we invited the young people around; up home on Sunday afternoon. Ben was there before we got the dinner dishes washed - he stood around looking at us, as though he thought us crazy. Then later we came out (in April). We gave a party and all the young folks came. Then when summer came we saw each other at church; After we both went away to school - He began writing to me from Bowling Green - then the summer of 1913 we began going together. The first Sunday night that we were going any where - he had an engagement for a certain hour - he failed to come. I waited awhile, then went on and left him - there after he was always on - and then some.
INCIDENTS OF OUR COURTSHIP
He came to see me every week; often three or four times. He was a "devoted Brother", taking me to all things of amusement. In the summer of 1915 when I was taken sick, he came every day. When I was taken to the hospital - he came the next day. He stayed 'till I was operated on, came to my bedside before I fully regained consciousness. Then he came often to see me. When I was brought home. Nothing was sweeter than to have him near. "Showing tender mercy and loving kindness always". He would bring me candy and have me hunt for it in all kind of crazy places. Taking strolls together he'd tell me of his "dreams". With one "dream Girl" always in mind.
The first proposal was made September 13th 1914. We were friends for sometime. Then the following few months we talked as friends and lovers (varying). Along in February of March I gave him my final answer. Often though pretending I didn't care, but would change again soon. In october we set the day for our wedding, kept it a secret awhile then told our people.
THE FIRST KISS
"Stolen" June 1914 Then I was Angry
HIS ENGAGEMENT GIFT TO ME
We gave no gift except ourselves
MY ENGAGEMENT GIFT TO HIM
"Take me as I am"
After we became engaged when I left home. I received a letter every day. Usually started "MY dearest Sister" - and finished "Yours as ever, Ben". Sometimes though varied to "My Darling" signed "your impatient Lover". For a while he wrote me even while I was at home. Then it was usually "Dear Sister", signed "as ever, Ben".
MY ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED
Franklin - Hollins
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Hollins have issued invitations to the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Eleanor, to Mr. Benjamin Joseph Franklin Jr. The wedding to take place of the evening of Dec. 29th at their country home near Gallatin.
(Newspaper) Clipping from "The Sumner County News" (Tennessee)of December 9th 1915.
ENTERTAINMENTS GIVENS FOR US WHILE ENGAGED
Mr. And Mrs. Maurice Hollins entertained with a dinner party at their home "Bridgeview Farm" - December the nineteenth (Sunday). A delicious three course dinner was served. In the afternoon music was enjoyed.
Linen shower given by Misses Naomi and Cora Spivey. December the fifteenth (Wednesday). The rooms were decorated in holiday colors. A contest was held. The prize being won by the Bride-elect. Booby prize won by Miss Bessie Blanchard. Each present was accompanied by an appropriate verse, each being read aloud by the bride. Mrs. March Anderson assisted the hostess in serving a delicious salad course. Those present being:
Miss Sallie V. Franklin - centerpiece
Miss Bessie Blanchard - pillowslips
Miss Nell Anderson - towel
Mrs. March Anderson - towel
Mrs. James Spivey - Towel
Misses Spivey - centerpiece
Those who sent but could not come on account of the weather were:
Miss Eliza Franklin - centerpiece
Mrs. B.C. Jenkins - two towels
Mrs. J.C. Vaughan - berry set
Miss Agnes McGlathlin - towel
Mrs. Frank Downs - two doilys
Miss Lola Shoulders - towel
My wedding suit of underware was of crepe de chine. The teddies being made by myself, having lace trimmings. My shirt (petticoat) having a double flounce with lace at the bottom. The camisole was finger made with hems of briad stitching, it being made by Loudelle Wilson, The gown embroidered by Myrtle Ely. My second suit, was of white flaxan with crocheted yokes - the teddie yoke being made by my Grandmother some years before her death. The princess slip yoke made by Mama. The gown yoke by Gertrude Wilson Jones. Embroidered by Loudelle with all seams made on the fingers and the hem briad stitched in. The entire lot trimmed with pink ribbon. My extra teddies numbered five, not mentioning my separate suits. My petticoats (slips) being four, and extras. And my night dresses numbered twelve. These all being made at odd and different times and not all matching the teddies, slips or skirts, but all being in white - with pink and blue ribbon in them. My shoes and hose being black. Except my white slippers and hose used as my wedding slippers. Black satin evening slippers with hose to match the dresses. My breakfast caps being made by Gertrude Jones and Mrs. Downs. One a lace cap with yellow ribbon, the other crocheted of yellow thread with lace edge. A white with green ribbon being made by Lillian Jones; also a white with a yellow embroidered butterfly made by Loudelle Wilson. My handkerchiefs numbered about twenty five, all being made by my friends. Having crocheted edges or hand embroidered. My wedding handkerchiefs being hand made with drawn words, lace edgings - being made years before by my first school teacher Mrs. Amy Lawrence Coleman.
MY BRIDAL GOWN
White silk taffeta - with crepe de chine over skirt - draped in the front. The skirt being hand stitched with a little crocheted edge all around the waist of taffeta with crepe-de-chine draperies - taffeta sleeves with touches of lace and the V-shaped neck bound with pearl trimmings - made by Mrs. Rusker of Nashville.
Brown coat suit with fur trimmings - with hat to harmonize. Blouses to harmonize also. A pea green silk evening dress trimmed in lace and plaiting. An electric blue crepe-de-chine street dress with white georgette crepe trimming and white pearl buttons. Dark blue velvet dress with white collar and cuffs of crepe-de-chine and plaiting. Four little house dresses (one blue - one brown - one tan and one pink. Each trimmed with harmonizing colors). A blue velvet coat - a black hat with a yellow plume as its only trimming.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Hollins
Invite you to be present
At the marriage of their daughter
Mr. Benjamin Joseph Franklin Jr.
Wednesday evening, December twenty ninth
At seven o'clock
At their home
MY BRIDAL BOUQUET
Shower bouquet of Lillies of the Valley and brides roses, bought of Harry and Sons, Nashville
My Maid of Honor, Sallie V. Franklin, sister of Ben. She being dressed in pink satin combined with lace. Carrying a bouquet of Pink Killarney rosebuds.
The reception committee consisted of Misses Eliza Franklin and Loudelle Wilson, Messrs. John Franklin and Sam Hollins. Lillian Jones and Pat Swaney served frappe in one of the front rooms. Sallie Mai Powers kept the wedding register.
MY WEDDING GIFTS
Misses McCauless?? - Placemats
Mark Downe family - little salt pepper and tooth pick stand
Mr. and Mrs E. E. Reynolds - carving set
Mrs. Minnie Corburn - cut glass bowl and berry ladel
Mrs. ??? Harrison - two linen towels
Mrs. R. L. McMurray - embroidered centerpiece
Miss Lucille Neal - cut glass olive dish
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hollins - Japanesse plate
James Draper - gravy ladel
Eva Mitchener - meat fork
Mrs. B. C. Jenkins and Frank - baking dish
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Spivey - picture (life's beginning)
Miss Loudelle Wilson - serving tray
Miss Lillian Jones - "Brides Own Book"
Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Cawthorn - berry set
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Spivey - glass bowl
Mrs. Sue A. Coulton - casserole
Uncle Abb, Joe, and George hays - fruit bowl
L. Miller Woodson, M.D. - serving tray
Sallie, John, Bill - silver gravy boat
Louise Rutherford - salt cellars
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Atkins - hand painted plates (six) cups and saucers
Jessie Taylor - bowl
J. P. Vaughn Family - 1/2 doz. Glasses, bottle, tea strainer, biscuit cutter.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McGlothlin - bowl
Miss Minnie Williams - quilt
Lola and Billy Shoulders - silver syrup stand
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McGlothlin - serving tray
Mrs. Odis Hadeney - centerpiece
Mr. and Mrs. Swindle - centerpiece
Claire H. Butler - handkerchiefs
"Becky" - rolling pin; fork
Emma and Abe Douglas - corset cover
Mrs. G. T. Hackney - gown yoke
J. A. Montgomery - silver tea service
H. A. Hollins - $5 gold piece
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen - sugar shell
Sallie Mae Power - cut glass bowl
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hollins - cut glass vase
Mr. and Mrs. Grayson Jones - cut glass vase
Mrs. Amy L. Coleman - cut glass sugar and creamer
Luella Lech - salt spoons
Mrs. R. L. Young - cut glass olive dish
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Ely and Maria Ely - cut glass olive dish
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Riley - salad forks
Christine and Truman ward - mayonnaise jar and spoon
Mrs. S. E. Burngarner - gutter knife
Pat Swaney - butter spreaders (pearl handle)
Douglas Srygley - chocolate set
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Derryberry - china bowl (hand painted)
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Griffin - vase
Mr. and Mrs. Henou Frye - soup ladel
Miss Addie and Bert Mitchell - Bonbon set
Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Farrar - cut glass dish
Miss Myrtle Cummins - sugar spoon
Miss Effie Anderson - sugar tongs
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Franklin - Salt cellar and spoons
B. R. Conway - berry ladel
Mrs. Frank M. Duffy - pickle forks
Mrs. And Misses Ely - candle stands (sticks)
Bessie Blanchard - olive dish
Dr. and Mrs. L. T. Franklin - Knives - forks and spoons (table)
Miss Eliza Franklin - dessert and teaspoons
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Power - baking dish
Mrs. B. J. Franklin - Counterpane - quilts (3), other bed, pillows, etc.
Miss Emma Williams - bowl
Miss Mary Flora - bath and guest towel, washrag
Miss Bertha Hollins - Gown Yoke and sleeves
Mrs. Clarkies ?Lolks? - three doilys (crocheted)
Willie Grey Arrington - centerpiece
Dennis Frye and Wife - bowl and meal
Lula Hicks - Pillow Slips
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Haulin - Pillowslips, sheets and scarf
Mrs. C. D. Marrow - two linen towels
W. M. Hollins and family - table cloth and napkins
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Haulin - rocking chair
Sam and Edd Hollins - rocking chair
Maurice and Bess Hollins - carving set
Nell Anderson - meat fork
Miss Sallie and Alice Fox - salad fork
Mrs. Turner ?Jones? - set teaspoons
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Worley - Ice Bowl
Mrs. Maude Violette - butter knife
Mrs. J. Claude Darvin - soup spoons
S. P. Pittman - Cake Plate
Tuby Hays - olive spoon
Mrs. B. F. Hollins - 9X12 tray
Mr. B. F. Hollins - china cabinet
Clara Horn - garters
Mrs. C. J. Smith - guest towel
Patsy Young - pickle forks
Mr. Nickles - aluminum kitchen set
Bertha and Frances Hollins - silver sugar tongs
On Wednesday evening; December the twenty ninth, at seven o'clock, at the home of the bride "Brooklawn". Benjamin Joseph Franklin Jr. and Sarah Eleanor Hollins were united in matrimony by the Reverand R. V. Cawthorn of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
The bridal party entered to the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march, and stood beneath an arch, made of white festooning, ferns and evergreens.
As the guest entered they were shown into the library, where the presents were on display. Later they were ushered into the sitting room, where frappee was being dispersed. There the color scheme of green and white being very effective.
NEWPAPER CLIPPING OF WEDDING
(first few sentences ink smeared and unreadable)
that if Miss Sarah Eleanor Hollins and Benjamin Joseph Franklin, Jr. both of Gallatin. The wedding was Wednesday evening at the brides home, Brooklawn, near Gallatin, the Rev. R.V Cawthorn of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Officiating.
Miss Luella Leek of Nashville and Douglas Srygley of Montgomery, Ala. Rendered a musical program before the entrance of the bridal party. To the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march played by Miss Leek, the bridal party entered, led by the groomsmen, Dr. John Franklin and Samuel Hollins. They were followed by the groom and his best man, Edgar B. Hollins. The maid of honor, Miss Sallie V. Franklin, entered alone, preceding the bride, who also entered alone. The bride wore white crepe de chine and taffeta combined with lace and pearl trim ??????.
A reception followed the ceremony. Misses Lillian Jones and Miss Loudelle Wilson of Nashville, Miss Eliza Franklin and Pat Swaney of Gallatin assisting the bridal party in receiving the guests. Miss Sallie Mae Power of Guthrie, Ky., presided over the wedding register.
Out-of-town guests for the wedding were Dr. and Mrs. L. T. Franklin of Chillicothe, O.: Miss Sallie Mae Power and Mrs. M. I. Conway of Guthrie, Ky.; Mr. and Mrs. J. E?. Derryberry, Portland, Tenn.; Mr. Douglas Srygley, Montgomery, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hollins, Bethpage, Tenn.; Miss Maria Ely, Clarksville, Tenn.; Miss Louise Rutherford, Athens, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Grayson Jones, Miss Loudette Wilson, Miss Lillian Jones, and Miss Luella Leek of Nashville.
AUTOGRAPHS OF OUR GUESTS
Douglas Srygley, Montgomery, Ala.
Luella Leek, Nashville, Tenn.
Lillian Jones, Nashville, Tenn.
Loudelle Wilson, Nashville, Tenn.
Pat Swaney, Gallatin, Tenn.
R. Vester Cawthon, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Sallie S. Franklin, Gallatin, Tenn.
Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Derryberry, Portland, Tenn.
Eliza Franklin, Gallatin, Tenn.
Maria Ely, Clarksville, Tenn.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Downs
Mr. H. Frey
J. P. Vaughn
L. T. Franklin, M.D., Chillicothe, O.
J. C. Franklin
Mrs. B. C. Jenkins
Mrs. L. T. Franklin, Chillicothe, O.
J. W. Dickerson
W. A. Franklin
Mrs. Ralph McGlothlin
Mrs. M. I. Conway, Guthrie, Ky.
B. R. Violett
Karl S. Franklin
(MISSING PAGE 42 OF SIGNATURES)
The groom was very handsomely dressed in a black suit and white vest with gray gloves. His boutonniere was a bride rose.
Our little trip that we had planned was knocked out on account of the Brother from a distance here for only a short time, and a wedding dinner to be given by his people. Our trip was to slip away in an auto, without anyone knowing it.
OUR FIRST HOME
Sunday, January 30th 1916 we invited Messrs Bill and Bob Franklin, William Ken and Edgar Hollins, Misses Sallie Franklin, Eva Mitchener and Agnes McGlothlin, on account of death in family some were unable to come, however all seemed to enjoy themselves.
WAITING FOR HIM
At night when he'd work in the field late, I'd sit up stairs alone and play or read for a while, if he was too long coming I'd go down stairs and talk to the others then when he came home I'd hustle to him.
MY FAMILY TREE
HER GREAT GRANDSIRE
HER PATERNAL GRANDSIRE
Samuel P. Hollins
HER GREAT GRANDAME
Ben F. Hollins
HER GREAT GRANDSIRE
HER PATERNAL GRANDAME
Francis Knot Hollins
HER GREAT GRANDAME
Sarah Eleanor Hollins
HER GREAT GRANDSIRE
John Y. Fox
HER MATERNAL GRANDSIRE
Ferdie F. Fox
HER GREAT GRANDAME
Fannie Fox Hollins
HER GREAT GRANDSIRE
HER MATERNAL GRANDAME
Amand Ely Fox
HER GREAT GRANDAME
As the roses soon wither and fade away, so also will these little incidents of our two lives fade away from all. In a careless manner have I written these few things in this little book, that my children may know, (when we grow old and feeble) that we were once young and enjoyed life as they will.