m. 11 May 1916 Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa
Facts and Events
FROM: Oskaloosa Herald, __ May 1916.S3
SMITH-MYERS.---Perhaps the most interesting and none the less beautiful wedding in the city this season took place Thursday evening, May 11, 1916, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Wheeler, 301 North C street, at 8:15 o'clock, when their niece, Miss Cordelia Myers, was united in marriage to Mr. Arthur D. Smith of Mt. Harris, Colorado.
Just at eight o'clock, Miss Esther Howerton sang "Yours Till the End of Time," accompanied on the piano by Miss Madge Bates, who also played the wedding march, at the end of the solo. Miss Myers, preceded by her bridesmaid, Miss Ruth Caswell, of Chicago, descended the open stairway and was met at the bower by Mr. Smith and his best man, Mr. Arthur Carlson of Ottumwa. The Rev. Mr. Haggard of Des Moines then addressed the company of guests for a few moments, and spoke of the happiness with which he read the ceremony for Miss Myers and Mr. Smith, since thirty-four years ago he joined in wedlock the father and mother of Miss Myers [wrong]; and just twenty-four years ago he read the same ceremony for Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, under the same roof, and whose guests the company were. He then read the impressive and beautiful single ring ceremony, and during the reading, "I Love You Truly" was played very softly on the Victrola. Congratulations followed the ceremony and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Smith joined hands with the large company of their relatives and friends who wished them the success and the happiness which their lives have merited.
The bride wore a beautiful gown of white taffeta with an overdress of georgette crepe, with trimmings of Mexican lace, the gift of the groom, and crystal. A bridal veil of lace, falling from a dainty cap, and ornamented with a crystal butterfly, enhanced the radiant beauty of the bride. A more composed, a more happy and a more beautiful bride never gave her hand to a happier looking groom. Miss Myers carried a bride’s shower bouquet of white roses and white sweet peas.
Miss Ruth Caswell of Chicago, the bridesmaid, wore a gown of yellow satin, with princess lace overdress, and carried a sheath of yellow roses. Miss Madge Bates wore a yellow frock; Miss Esther Howerton and Miss Edna Caffal also wore yellow frocks; and Miss Helene Harriman, who assisted in receiving the guests, wore a dainty little frock of palest green and pink. The six girls who served the luncheon which followed the ceremony were dressed in white, as were Misses Irene Miller, Ruth Smith, Helen Porter, Verna Gilbert, Marian Eisenhart and Alene Howell.
The appointed place for the bride and groom was a bay window with a background of similax, and banked at the foot and sides with beautiful ferns and cut flowers. Plants of green graced various places about the home, adding a charm to the occasion which was delightful. A beautiful white rug enhanced the beauty of the ceremony, as the bridal party were standing on it.
Mrs. Smith is an Oskaloosa girl, having lived here most all her life and having attended the Oskaloosa grade schools and attending universities in Minneapolis and at Battle Creek, Michigan. Mrs. Smith is a charming young lady and through her pleasing personality and her cheery disposition has won the hearts of a host of friends in the city. Mr. Smith has been in Oskaloosa for the past four or five years, and was employed at the m. & St. L. depot as book-keeper; but at the present time has a splendid position with the Colorado & Utah Coal Company of Colorado, and is located at Mt. Harris, where they will make their future home. Mr. and Mrs. Smith departed this morning for Des Moines where they will visit for a few days and return to Oskaloosa for a brief stay, before going on to their new home in Mt. Harris.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith received some elaborate wedding presents, including cut glass, silver, aluminum, linens, and in fact all those beautiful gifts which are found on the gift table of a bride. Mrs. Smith was guest of honor at several pre-nuptial events among them a party given by Mrs. Hugh B. McCoy, the Dorcas Girls of the Christian Sunday school, of which class Mrs. Smith was an active member; and a shower given by Mrs. C. Woodruff.
The bridal party were seated in the dining room of the home where the yellow and white color scheme was cleverly carried out in the decorations of the entire room. An immense bride's cake graced the center of the table and was tied with yellow ribbons, yellow candles shed a charming glow of light over the happy party, yellow cupid place cards and other decorations. Cooing doves, in ice cream, were served to the bridal party, and lilies and roses in ice cream were served to the other guests. Seated in the dining room were Miss Madge Bates, Mr. Ed Smith [A.D.'s brother],Miss Esther Howerton, Mr. Bert Vanderwilt, Mr. Floyd Smith [no relation], Miss Ruth Caswell, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Smith, Mrs. Floyd Smith, Miss Helene Harriman, Mr. Oliver Anderson, Miss Winifred Caffal; Miss Ethel Hoit, Mr. Frank Wright, Miss Edna Caffal, Miss Bess Moore and the Rev. and Mrs. haggard. Mrs. Smith divided the bride's bouquet in halves, and standing upon the stairway, threw the flowers to the company of young girl friends who were waiting. Miss Edna Brown and Miss Eva Yaffee were the lucky ladies and it would seem that Miss Yaffee must the next one to join hands with some lucky young man, since this is the second bouquet which she has received at weddings in the last few weeks.
Out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Caswell of Chicago; Miss Ruth Caswell of Chicago; I.U. Wheeler, Sr., and Mrs. H.O. Hamilton, father and sister of Mr. Wheeler, of White Water [sic], Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Smith of Albia [A.D.'s parents]; Mr. Ed Smith of Albia and his daughter, Miss Irene; Dr. and Mrs. W.N. Wright and Mrs. Slocum, of Rose Hill; Mrs. Anna Hagan of Hedrick; Mrs. Hanna Hunter of Albia; and the Rev. and Mrs. A.M. Haggard of Des Moines.