Martha Joan Loosley Is Fall Bride Of Robert E. Driesner On Oct. 5 In Fort Klamath Methodist Church

FORT KLAMATH – The Fort Klamath Community Methodist Church was the setting for a large fall wedding at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 5, when Martha Joan Loosley became the bride of Robert E. Driesner. She is the daughter of Mrs. Raymond S. Loosley and the late Raymond S. Loosley of Fort Klamath, and the bridegroom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Driesner of Milwaukie, Oregon.

The impressive double-ring candlelight service was read by the Rev. Herbert Butt, pastor of Hillcrest Church, Portland, before a background of chrysanthemums, acorns and wheat in vivid autumn colors. Pews were marked with wide white satin ribbon combined with small bouquets of chrysanthemums, acorns and wheat in the prevailing floral church décor.

Organist was Mrs. A.C. Smith, Portland, who played the traditional Lohengrin wedding marches and accompanied Mr. David L. Harte, Corvallis, who sang three hymns during the service, concluding with “Abraham’s Prayer.”

Escorting his niece to the altar was her paternal uncle, Forrester W. Loosley, Susanville, California, who gave her in marriage.

For her wedding, Martha Joan wore the bridal gown of her cousin, Mrs. Sam Sacco, Eureka, which she wore at her own wedding 10 years ago. The dress of rich ivory slipper satin was designed with a floor length skirt, sweetheart neckline and lace edged chapel train. The fingertip veil was secured by a close fitting cap of white satin and smoked pearls. The bride’s bouquet was of chrysanthemums, acorns and wheat, and she carried a white Bible on which rested a single white orchid.

Matron of honor was a sister of the bride, Mrs. Hollis Kizer, of Fort Klamath, and bridesmaids were Mrs. E.C. Watkins and Flora Bertrand, both of Portland. All three attendants were gowned in identical princess style frocks of opera red faille with matching accessories, and corsages of fall flowers in keeping with the prevailing floral theme.

Candlelighters were twin nieces of the bride, Rose Marie and Rosa Lee Hughes, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes of Pendleton. They wore dresses of yellow taffeta, made in identical princess style, and each girl wore a headband of red and yellow carnations.

Ushers were Maurice Dube and Don Levein, both of Corvallis. E.C. (Ted) Watkins of Portland attended the bridegroom as best man.

For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Loosley wore a sheath gown of teal blue crepe, with accessories of dusty rose and a white orchid corsage. The mother of the bridegroom chose a frock of rose-beige lace, with matching accessories and a white orchid corsage.

Carrying out the age-old custom of brides, the new Mrs. Driesner wore an 1885 Indian-head penny in her shoe for “something old.” The gift from her bridegroom, a pearl necklace and matching earrings, were worn as “something new,” and her cousin’s bridal gown was the “something borrowed.” A blue garter completed her ensemble.

The bride was a graduate of Chiloquin High School, class of 1950, and later graduated from both Oregon State College, Corvallis, and Southern Oregon College, Ashland, majoring in elementary education. She has been on the teaching staff of Woodstock Elementary School, Portland, for the past three years.

The bridegroom attended the University of Oregon and is by profession and architectural engineer, presently affiliated in that capacity with the Oregon Brass Works of Portland.

Immediately following the church ceremony, a reception was held in the C.I. Clubhouse in Fort Klamath, attended by 125 guests. Floral arrangements from the church were used about the room for the occasion.

Presiding at the coffee service were two sisters of the bride, Mrs. Olaf Carpenter, Eugene, and Mrs. Jay Hughes, Pendleton; their aunt, Mrs. Merle J. Loosley, Malin, served at the punch bowl; a second aunt, Mrs. Forrester W. Loosley, served the five tiered wedding cake which was elaborately decorated with white roses and wedding bells, and topped with a miniature bridal couple. Guests were registered by the bridegroom’s sister, Mrs. Thomas Girvan of Eugene. Members of the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the church assisted with reception arrangement details and also with serving at the reception.

After receiving at the reception, the newlyweds left for a week’s honeymoon trip to Northern California and return via the coast route. They are now at home in Milwaukie.

For going-away, the bride wore a blue crepe sheath dress with blue and white accessories.

Members of the local WSCSA of the local church were hostesses at a pre-nuptial shower given for the then bride-to-be in the C.I. Clubhouse on Monday evening, September 23. Colorful asters and other autumn blooms from local flower gardens decorated the room for the lovely affair which was attended by a host of friends. The lace covered gift table was heaped high with a profusion of beautifully wrapped packages, many who could not be present having sent gifts and congratulations. Refreshments were served at a late hour by members of the society.

In addition to the officiating minister and those in the wedding party and guests assisting at the reception who came to Fort Klamath from outside points, the following from out of town attended the church service and reception: Mrs. Katherine Nichols, Susanville; Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Wolfe, Vancouver, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Gus Bachofner, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Petersen, Mrs. E.C. (Ted) Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thiess, Mrs. A.C. Smith, Carol, Peter and David Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Griffing, Audrey Beslow, Patricia Willard, Betty Adams and Theodore Corbett, all of Portland.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Holmes, John Seaders and David L. Harte, Corvallis; Thomas R. Girvan, Jerry and Linda Girvan, Olaf Carpenter, sons Charles and Bruce, Mrs. James Piske, George I. Mavrodes, all of Eugene; Jay Hughes, Pendleton; Mrs. Myrtle E. Denton, Ashland; and Mrs. Merle J. Loosley, Malin.

Source: Klamath Falls Herald and News, October 27, 1957.

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