Wedding News from the Early 1900s

Miss Perita Sanborn, whose marriage with Mr. Clarence Zelora Brown will be celebrated next Tuesday, will be the guest of honor at a luncheon to be given in the tea room today by Miss Anna Kirk and Miss Eva Harris.  The entire party will attend the Euterpe club’s recital later in the afternoon.  A matinee box party will be given Saturday afternoon in behalf of the bride-elect.  Miss Sanborn is entertaining Miss Mayme Bagley of Duluth, Minn., and Miss Edith McQuaid of Des Moines, Ia., both of whom will remain until after the wedding.  (Kansas City Times, January 11, 1900)

Dr. Charles O. Wilkin, a young dentist of Port Jervis, was married, Wednesday afternoon, to Miss Emma VanSickle, daughter of Emmet VanSickle, of that village.  (Middletown Daily Argus, October 18, 1900)

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kuhn announce the marriage of their eldest daughter, Miss Elizabeth A., to Mr. Chas. F. Beardslee, Wednesday evening, June 19, at 8 o’clock at their residence, 224 Farnsworth avenue.  (Detroit Free Press, June 9, 1901)

An interesting pre-matrimonial event occurred Saturday afternoon when Miss Leila Rorick became the recipient of a kitchen shower at the hands of a dozen or more of her young lady friends.  A comforter was tied, a delightful afternoon spent, and a variety of useful kitchen utensils evidenced the appreciation of the guest.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 2, 1903)

Untitled (Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown)

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Warren Sanborn’s invitations were out during the week for the marriage of their daughter, Perita, to Mr. Clarence Zelora Brown, Tuesday evening, January 16, at 8 o’clock, in the Christian church, Sixth street and Prospect avenue. The wedding will be a very pretty one, green and white having been chosen for the color plan. Miss Allie Hurley will be the maid of honor and the bridesmaids will be Miss Edith McQuaid of Des Moines, Miss Ella Branham, Miss Leila Mather, Miss Eva Harris, Miss Anna Kirk and Miss Myrtle Scott. Mr. Ralph Soule of Minneapolis will be best man, and the ushers will be Mr. Roy Sanborn, Mr. Orla Severance, Mr. Rob Brockett, Mr. Will W. Stevens, Mr. Will McCrum and Mr. Fred Mertsheimer. The wedding music will be given by Mr. Herbert Sisson and Mrs. S.S. Gunlach. A supper for the bridal party will be given after the wedding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn, 3010 East Tenth street. The at home announcement is “after June 1, The Trossachs, Lake Minnetonka.”

Source: Kansas City Times, January 7, 1900.

Mr. Z.E. Brown Reported Dying

The above person is a relative of Dr. and J.D. Witter, of this city. Two years ago he was in this city the guest of Dr. Witter and received great help from his treatment. The following about his condition is taken from the St. Paul Pioneer Press:—A telegram has been received from Los Angeles, Cal., stating that Zelora E. Brown, the well known real estate agent and former partner of H.O. Hamlin, was in a dying condition. In response to this sad message Mrs. Brown and her son left yesterday for California. During the major portion of last summer Mr. Brown had suffered much from bilious disorders, and left for the Pacific coast early in the winter in the hope that a change of climate would prove beneficial. It appears, however, that the disease continued to make rapid progress, and all remedial objects proved unavailing. Prior to engaging in the real estate business Mr. Brown had been a commercial traveler, and was very generally and favorably known throughout the state. Personally he was esteemed by all with whom he came in contact, and the unfavorable report in regard to his condition will create deep regret in his extended circle of acquaintances.

Later—Mr. Brown died in Los Angeles, Wednesday last.

Source: Wood County Reporter, February 2, 1888.

Rorick Family Reunion

The Rorick family—with many branches, famed in local annals, true and staunch clansman—held its annual reunion Wednesday with Dr. E.H. Rorick, ex-member of the Ohio legislature and for some years connected with state institutions for the insane and feeble-minded, now living in more or less retirement at his beautiful Fayette home. It is a delightful place for such a meeting, and noted for hospitality. The Roricks had one of their characteristic good times—no formalities, just visiting, with the inevitable jokes and stories—and a plentitude of picnic provisions. His rubicund face and snowy hair, giving him patriarchal dignity, were continually in evidence and his sunny smile kept up the lively cheer of his kindred and friends.

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Mrs. Brown Leaves For Western Home

Having spent the past two weeks as the house guests of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Kremer of Humboldt avenue and of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Watson of Thomas avenue S, Mrs. C.Z. Brown has left for her home in Los Angeles, Calif. Before returning, she will stop at Kansas City, Mo., for a fortnight’s visit with her mother.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 4, 1928.

Z.E. Brown

A Prominent Minneapolitan, Died Monday in California.

Zelora E. Brown died at Los Angeles, Cal., whither he had gone for his health, on Monday, 30th ult., at 5 p.m.

Mr. Brown was born Feb. 9, 1834, and had therefore completed his 54th year at the time of his death. In his earlier years he was a farmer, in which pursuit he secured only the usual reward. He was known and remembered all over the state as agent for many years for Griswold’s fanning mills. He came to Minneapolis in 1879 and for four years afterward continued to trade for Mr. Griswold. In 1874 he had his advent into the real estate business with an office with Gale & Co., and in a year or two joined with the last H.O. Hamlin in forming the firm of Hamlin & Brown.

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Death of Z.E. Brown

The Tribune is called upon the chronicle the death of another prominent business man of Minneapolis this morning. Mr. Z.E. Brown, formerly of the real estate firm of Hamlin & Brown, died in California on Sunday, the news reaching this city yesterday. Mr. Brown has been for years well known in local business circles, and was universally respected and esteemed as a gentleman of fine business ability and unimpeachable rectitude of character. One by one the pioneers of the various business interests of the city are passing away, leaving unfinished tasks to be taken up and completed by the younger generation. Mr. Brown leaves a large circle of warm personal friends and business associates by home he will be sadly missed.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 1888.

Happy Wedding Bells (excerpt)

Five Couples Joined In Holy Bands Of Wedlock.

A Pretty Home Wedding at the Residence of Mrs. Martha Dilliston Wednesday Night—Three of the Marriages Performed by the Baptist Minister.

About seventy-five guests assembled at the home of Mrs. Martha Dilliston, No. 12 Sussex street, last night to witness the wedding of her daughter Gussie Ellen Brown to Mr. Charles A. Wood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wood, of Front street, this village. It was an unusually pretty home wedding, and the ceremony was very impressively performed by Rev. E.T. Sanford, past of the Baptist church.

The ceremony occurred under a graceful evergreen arch, and the several rooms were also handsomely decorated with greens and flowers. The always attractive bride appeared the very picture of beauty, her gown of white brocaded satin trimmed with pearl and chiffon. Her bouquet was of white carnations. The bridesmaid, Miss Lizzie Dilliston, a half sister of the bride, was becomingly attired in yellow organdie trimmed with lace, and the maid of honor, Miss Grace Buccanning, wore white brilliantine with lace trimming. Both she and the bridesmaid carried white carnations.

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