Downing—Casterlin.

A YOUNG MINISTER WEDS AN ORANGE YOUNG LADY.

The home of Joseph Casterlin at Orange, Pa., was the scene on Wednesday, Dec. 10, of the wedding of the youngest daughter, Lizzie, and Herman C. Downing of Lehman. At 12 noon the bridal party took its place in the parlor and Rev. H.M. Pease of Centremoreland, the bride’s pastor, spoke the word which made the happy couple one. After congratulations the company had a dinner long to be remembered. After a season of pleasant social enjoyment the bridal couple started for Lehman for a short visit at Mr. Downing’s home.  On the following day they started for their new home at St. Mary’s, W.Va., where Mr. Downing is pastor-elect of the First Baptist Church. Both Mr. and Mrs. Downing are well known and much respected in that section.  He is a graduate of Keystone Academy and of Crozer Theological Seminary and took part in the college course at Bucknell University. He served as pastor of the Baptist churches at Centremoreland and Lehman for quite a length of time and made many friends.  He goes to his new field of labor with many well wishes from Centremoreland.  His wife is well adapted to be a helper to him in his chosen life work.  She has a well trained mind and a pure, consecrated life, and is an accomplished musician.  She will be missed in the church and Sunday school and W.C.T.U. work at her old home.

On account of the recent death of I.O. Drake of Dorranceton, brother-in-law of the bride, the guests were only the near relatives and neighbors.  The following is a partial list of those in attendance: Joseph Casterlin, Mary E. Casterlin, Susie C. Drake, Lizzie Drake, Etna L. Downing, J.M. Casterlin, Julia A. Casterlin, Asa Casterlin, Mary Casterlin, Sadie D. Rosenkrans, J.D. Frantz, Edith Frantz, Walter Frantz, E.B. Longwell, Mrs. Malvina Longwell, Fred Longwell, Rev. H.M. Pease, Mrs. H.M. Pease and George Floyd and Russell Pease.  Many beautiful presents will accompany the young people to their West Virginia home, tokens of love and esteem in which they are held here.  May peace, plenty and power abide in the Baptist parsonage at St. Mary’s.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record, December 16, 1902.

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