Susan Whisenand & Louis L. Kurtz

News comes of the approaching marriage of Miss Susan Whisenand of Martinez, Calif., to Louis L. Kurtz, of Short Hills, N.J. The wedding will be Friday in Denver, Colo. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Whisenand (Dorothy Mott) of Martinez, and is the granddaughter of Mrs. James W. Mott of Salem and Mrs. Benjamin Whisenand of Bend . . . . Mr. Kurtz is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Kurtz of Short Hills . . . . Miss Whisenand is a junior at Loretto Heights College in Denver, and Mr. Kurtz is a junior at Regis College in Denver . . . .

Source: Salem Capital Journal, September 19, 1968.


Another Pioneer Gone

Died, at his home in Ellington of heart failure on Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m., Amzy Clay, an old pioneer of Tuscola county.  He was born in Orange county, New Jersey, October 17, 1828.  In 1852 he moved with his parents to Michigan locating on land in Town 13 NR 8 E where he lived for some time.  Then he moved to Ellington where he has since resided.  He was the youngest of eleven children, all of whom have gone before.

He leaves to mourn his death a wife and four children, Henry M., of Portland, Ore., Ida, Grant and Annie, who reside at home, and three grandchildren; also five great grandchildren.  He has been the correspondent in Ellington for the county papers for a number of years.  The funeral was held Sunday at two p.m. and interment made in the Ellington cemetery.

Source:  Cass City Chronicle, November 1, 1907.

Anne B. Van Blarcom, Percy H. Ballantine

Windy Brow Farm, Newton, was the scene Saturday of the wedding of Miss Anne Breckridge [sic] Van Blarcom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Blarcom of Newton, formerly of Nutley, to Percy H. Ballantine of 360 Mt. Prospect avenue, Newark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of Newark. Rev. George C. Vincent of Union Congregational Church, Montclair, officiated.

Mrs. Ralph Inslee, in whose home the wedding took place, was matron of honor for her sister and William Cochrane of Broomall, Pa., the bridegroom’s brother-in-law, was best man.

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Rite Solemnized In Home Nuptials

The Summer Lake home of Mrs. and Mrs. Sidney D. Harris was the setting for the wedding of their daughter, Sidney Jean, when she exchanged vows with Merle John Loosley of Malin. Rites were solemnized at 2 o’clock the afternoon of June 20.

Rev. Kenneth L. Stafford of Lakeview read the nuptials. Mrs. William Collier sang “Because,” accompanied by Margaret Bettis just before the vows.

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Frederick A. Northrup, of Newburgh, and Miss Lillian A. Shumaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Moses V. Shumaker, were married at the bride’s home on the Goshen road near this city at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon.

The wedding was a quiet one, only the immediate family and friends being present. The ceremony was performed by Rev. B.H. Burch, of St. Paul’s M.E. Church.

After a wedding supper the young couple were driven to Middletown and took an Erie train for a trip west.

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A Pleasant Wedding

Wm. H. Burt, one of the prominent citizens of the Paskenta section, tells us that there was a very pleasant wedding party at the home of the bride on November 29th when Marshall Ruff was united in marriage to Mrs. Sarah C. Bucklew. Both the contracting parties were well known residents of that locality, and had a host of friends who wished the best of good fortune. The knot was tied by justice G.M.L. Snelling, who did it in the most pleasant way. Those who were present to enjoy the occasion enjoyed a few hours after the ceremony in the manner usual to Tehama county weddings, and upon departing for their homes tendered the heartiest good wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Ruff.

Source: Red Bluff Daily News, December 6, 1899.


One of the prettiest June weddings was solemnized Tuesday evening, June 30, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Hale, when their daughter, Muriel Russell, was united in marriage to Albert Junius Newsom. Preceding the ceremony Miss Alice McCoy song [sic] “I Love You Truly.” To the strains of the Lohengrin bridal chorus, played by Miss Elsie Clair, the bride entered the parlor, on the arm of her father. The bride was gowned in white messaline, with a veil, and carried a bouquet of bride roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Hazel Ford, wore a gown of sheer white over yellow, with a bouquet of coreopsis. David Newsom, brother of the groom, was best man.

The parlor was decorated in yellow and white flowers and the bride and groom stood in a bay window under a bower of flowers. Rev. Dr. Young, of Taylor-Street M.E. Church, officiated. Refreshments were served in the dining room. The color effect here was pink and green, with quantities of Caroline Testout roses being used. The hall was beautiful in roses, crimson ramblers being effectively twined in the staircase and from the chandelier.

Mr. and Mrs. Newsom left for Coos County, where they are to make their home.

Source: The Portland Oregonian, July 12, 1908.

Bertha Jennings & Lorin Walling

At high noon, December the seventh, in her home beautifully decorated with Oregon grape and ferns, Bertha Elma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jennings, of Zena, Polk county, was given in marriage to Mr. Lorin Marion Walling, of Lincoln, the Rev. S.P. Knight officiating.  The bride was lovely in a rove [sic] of ivory satin with garnitures of embroidery and braid.  Her flowers were white carnations.  She was unattended.

An elaborate dinner was served after the ceremony, which was witnessed by relatives and a few close friends.  Mrs. Walling is a granddaughter of the late Mrs. Mary Ernest of Polk county, whom everyone knew and loved, and a graduate of Willamette College of Music, class nineteen hundred and two; a year of post graduate work followed in the same college.  There were many handsome gifts, among them a pianola from the groom’s parents.

The young couple will reside in a ranch home prepared for them near Gates. In connect with this wedding is an incident of peculiar interest. Revered Knight married the bride’s parents thirty-two years ago, when they lived in the same locality where they are at present living.

Source:  Salem Capital Journal, December 9, 1911.