Ensign Alton Barlow, USNR Weds Caddie Condon in Marine Chapel, New York

United in marriage at the chapel of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Long Island, N.Y., May 13, at 6:15 p.m. Miss Caddie Condon, lovely and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton F. Condon of 3724 Berry Drive, North Hollywood, became the bride of Ensign Alton Murray Barlow, U.S.N.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott M. Barlow of 11048 Hortense street.

The double ring ceremony was performed by Father Pollard of the Episcopalian Diocese of the High Church, attended by the high ranking officers of the Merchant Marine Academy and their wives. The ceremony was read from a white bride’s prayerbook, a gift of Father Wurtel of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hollywood, who bade the bridge godspeed at the airport upon her departure from North Hollywood to New York.

The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Mark D. Rorick of Washington, D.C., who is with the Naval Intelligence Department. She was attended by her cousin, La Nea Rorick of Quaker Hills, Conn. Ensign Frank Theiss, U.S.N.R., of Garden, Calif., was best man.

The bride was exquisitely gowned in a cream stain formal wedding gown with long train, fitted bodice with sweetheart neckline. Her fingertip veil of cream color French illusion was held by a headdress of tulle and seed pearls. The prayer book carried by the bride was the one given to the groom by Bishop Gooden of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, at the time of the groom’s confirmation. It was covered with white satin and a white orchid. For something old and something borrowed the bride wore a golden chain with a beautiful antique amethyst, loaned for the occasion by Father Pollard.

The bridesmaid wore dusty pink taffeta with tulle arrangement in her hair and carried an old fashioned nosegay of mixed flowers shading from purple through lavender to white sprinkled with pink rosebuds.

The happy couple walked down the chapel aisle which was decorated with white snapdragons and palms, through an arch of swords held by eight naval officers. They were escorted to their apartment in Great Neck, Long Island, where the reception was held. The guests were served by naval ensigns, all former classmates of the groom, and the three-tiered wedding cake was cut by the bride with a saber. The punch was poured by Mrs. Commander Higgins, ably assisted by Mrs. Clifton Condon, mother of the bride.

Both bride and bridegroom are graduated of the North Hollywood High school. Ensign Barlow was the first undergraduate of this high school to be called to active service from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, after the declaration of the emergency declared by President Roosevelt.

Source: North Hollywood Valley Times, June 8, 1943.

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