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.

Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown

A wedding that took place this week in Kansas City will add to the number of brides who have come to Minneapolis during the winter to make their home.  The marriage of Miss Perita Sanborn to Clarence Zelora Brown was solemnized Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Christian church, Kansas City.  The wedding was remarked for its charm of appointments and the interest attached.  The appointments were in green and white, and the church was embowered in tropical foliage, where palms thickly covered the altar and a sheaf of Easter lilies lay on the lectern.  A tangle of wild smilax enwreathed the organ loft and the gallery rail was festooned with smilax.

Preceding the entrance of the bridal party, which includes six ushers and six bridesmaids, Mrs. S.S. Gunlack sang “Amorita,” a favorite selection of the bridal pair.  The Lohengrin chorus played by Herbert Sisson at the organ, announced the coming of the bridal train.  The users were Messrs. Roy Sanborn, Orla Severance, William McCrum, Robert Brockett, Fred Mertsheimer, William Stevens; the maids attending were Misses Edith McQuaid, Lelia Mather, Myrtle Scott, Edith Branhan, Anna Kirk, Evan Harris, all Kansas City young people.  The maids were dressed in white organdie over green silk, the skirts finished with deep accordeon [sic] pleated flounce with tiny ruches at the foot.  The waists were tucked all over, had lace yokes tucked sleeves, and were finished with filmy white fichus of liberty silk.  The all carried arm bouquets of America Beauty roses.

Two little Greenaway maids in long high-waisted white frocks, their hair piled high on their heads and falling in curls before their ears, preceded the maid of honor, carrying baskets of flowers.  Miss Allie Hurley was maid of honor.  She was simply gowned in white and carried a bouquet of maiden hair ferns.

The bride entered with her father and wore a gown of lustreless [sic] white satin draped with an over skirt of lace.  A lace bolero trimmed the bodice, the lace on the waist and skirt having adorned the wedding gown of the bride’s mother.  A long veil of brussels [sic] net was fastened with a sunburst of diamonds, a gift of the bridegroom.  The bride’s bouquet was lilies of the valley and orchids.  The bridegroom was attended by Frank H. Morrill, Minneapolis, as best man.  Rev. Dr. Combs performed the ceremony.  At the close of the ceremony, which had proceeded to musical accompaniment, the flower girls receded before the bridal pair scattering rose petals in their path.

A wedding supper followed at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn.  White carnations and roses furnished the floral decoration.  The bride presented fleur-de-lis pins to her maids and small gold lockets to the flower girls.  Mr. Brown gave his groomsmen silver matchsafes and his best man a gold matchsafe.

The wedding trip upon which Mr. and Mrs. Brown left during the evening and which they are now enjoying, will occupy over two months, and will lie through Old Mexico and California, where they will spend a month at Coronado Beach.  They will arrive in Minneapolis in April, and will be at the “The Trossachs,” Lake Minnetonka, during the summer.

Among the guests were Mrs. Z.E. Brown, mother of the bridegroom, and Mrs. Kremer.  Mark Ewing and Fritz Rumsey, St. Louis; Miss Mayme Bagley, Duluth, and Miss Edith McQuaid, Des Moines, were also guests.

Source:  Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 28, 1900.

Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn of Kansas City have issued invitations for the wedding of their daughter, Miss Perita Sanborn, to Clarence Z. Brown of this city, son of the late Z.E. Brown, which will take place in Kansas City, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The bride has spent several summers at Lake Minnetonka and has many friends in Minneapolis.

Source: Minneapolis Journal, January 6, 1900.

Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown

A wedding in which a number of Minneapolis people were interested occurred Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Kansas City, when Miss Perita Sanborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn, and Clarence Zelora Brown of Minneapolis, were married. It was a church wedding and decorations and appointments were in green and white. There were six ushers, Roy Sanborn, Orla Severance, Will McCrum, Robert Brockett, Fred Merisheimer, Will Stevens, and the same number of bridesmaids, Misses Edith McQuaid, Leila Mather, Myrtle Scott, Edith Dranham, Anna Kirk and Eva Harris. Their gowns were of white organdie [sic] over green silk. The long skirts were finished with accordion pleating and the tucked waists had fichus of white liberty silk. They all carried arm bouquets of American Beauty roses. The two little flower girls, in short waisted white frocks, were Margery Lambeth and Rose Mayhugh. Miss Allie Hurley was maid of honor and was in white with a bouquet of ferns. The bride entered with her father. She wore white silk, the skirt and bodice trimmed with the lace that had been on her mother’s wedding gown. A long tulle veil was held in place by a sunburst of diamonds, the gift of the bridegroom, and her flowers were white orchids and lilies of the valley. The bridegroom and his best man, Frank Morville, of Minneapolis, met the bride at the altar, where the service was read by Rev. Dr. Combs. A wedding supper followed at the home of the bride’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Brown will take an extended wedding journey through Old Mexico and California, spending a month at Coronado Beach, Cal. They will be at home at “The Trossachs,” Lake Minnetonka, after June 1. Among the guests were Mrs. Z.E. Brown, Mrs. Kremer of Minneapolis and Miss Mayme Bagley of Duluth.

Source:  Minneapolis Journal, January 27, 1900.