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O. P. Estes' 25th Anniversary

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, April 23, 1925

Last Sunday was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of MR. and MRS. O.P. ESTES and the day was most appropriately observed at the ESTES home on Main Street. Invitations had been issued to a large number of friends who gathered at the pretty ESTES home at high noon to witness a repetition of the marriage rites of twenty-five years before. The home was beautifully decorated in spirit with the occasion. The color scheme being green and white, and it was most attractive. The wedding party was made up of the intimate friends of MR. and MRS. ESTES. As the guests arrived they were met by JOE CULP and FRANCIS VARGA, serving as ushers. At the hour announced MRS. WILLA LUCAS, sister of the bride, sang "O Promise Me," after which MR. ESTES, accompanied by G.B. PRICE, as best man, stepped from the dining room to the living room as the wedding march played by MISS FERNE ESTES, pealed forth. The bride preceded by little BETTY CULP, VIRGINIA VARGA, IRENE and ARLENE OVERTON, as flower girls and ribbon bearers, accompanied by MR. TRAWVER, of Des Moines, and MRS. FRANCIS VARGA, maid of honor, MRS. G.B. PRICE and MRS. JOE CULP, bridesmaids, came down the tastefully arranged stairway and to a position at the north of the room before a bank of flowers where they met the groom. Rev. E.A. PLACE, formerly of Leon; who had driven to Leon that morning from Dexter to perform the ceremony, stepped into his place before them and proceeded to repeat the ceremony that had united MR. and MRS. ESTES twenty-five years before. The ceremony was beautiful and impressive. Following the completion of the ceremony, MRS. LUCAS and DR. ENGLUND sang "At Dawning." The guests then gathered about MR. and MRS. ESTES and showered them with congratulations.

A most delightful program, arranged by MISS FERNE ESTES, daughter of MR. and MRS. ESTES, followed the ceremony. A doll dance by three little girls, MISSES IRENE and ARLENE OVERTON and SELMA BARNES, and a Scotch dance by little MISS SELMA BARNES were heartily enjoyed. MISS ESTES also gave a most pleasing reading, all appropriate to the event.

A delicious dinner was then served. The tables were beautifully decorated, the place cards being miniature brides and grooms, with photographs of MR. and MRS. ESTES. The bride and groom departed during the afternoon in their car on a two weeks' trip to various points. Both MR. and MRS. ESTES are most popular with a wide circle of friends throughout this section. They have been identified with the business and special interests and progress of the community through all the years of their residence here and everyone extends to them their heartiest congratulations and good wishes.

Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
October 18, 2002

To follow up on the Maude Walker obituary:

April 23, 1925 - Married 25 Years - Mr. and Mrs. O. P. ESTES Celebrate Silver Wedding Anniversary at Their Fine Home in Leon. Last Sunday was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. ESTES and the day was most appropriately observed at the ESTES home on Main street. Invitations had been issued to a large number of friends who gathered at the pretty ESTES home at high noon to witness a repetition of the marriage rites of twenty-five years before. The home was beautifully decorated in spirit with the occasion, the color scheme being green and white, and it was most attractive. The wedding party was made up of the intimate friends of Mr. and Mrs. ESTES. As the guests arrived they were met by JOE CULP and FRANCIS VARGA, serving as ushers. At the hour announced Mrs. WILLA LUCAS, sister of the bride, sang "O Promise Me," after which Mr. ESTES accompanied by G. B. PRICE, as best man, stepped from the dining room to the living room as the wedding march played by Miss FERNE ESTES, pealed forth. The bride, preceeded by little BETTY CULP, VIRGINIA VARGA, IRENE and ARLENE OVERTON, as flower girls and ribbon bearers, accompanied by Mr. Trawver, of Des Moines, and Mrs. Francis Varga, maid of hone, Mrs. G. B. PRICE and Mrs. JOE CULP, bridesmaids, came down the tastefully arranged stairway and to a position at the north of the room before a bank of flowers where they met the groom. Rev. E. A. PLACE, formerly of Leon, who had driven to Leon that morning from Dexter to perform the ceremony, stepped into his place before them and proceeded to repeat the ceremony that had united Mr. and Mrs. ESTES twenty-five years before. The ceremony was beautiful and impressive. Following the completion of the ceremony Mrs. LUCAS and Dr. ENGLUND sang "At Dawning." The guests then gathered about Mr. and Mrs. ESTES and showered them with congratulations. A most delightful program, arranged by Miss FERNE ESTES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ESTES, followed the ceremony. A doll dance by three little girls, Misses IRENE and ARLENE OVERTON and SELMA BARNES, and a Scotch dance by little Miss SELMA BARNES were heartily enjoyed. Miss ESTES also gave a most pleasing reading, all appropriate to the event. A delicious dinner was then served. The tables were beautifully decorated, the place cards being miniature brides and grooms, with photographs of Mr. and Mrs. ESTES. The bride and groom departed during the afternoon in their car on a two week's trip to various points. Both Mr. and Mrs. ESTES are most popular with a wide circle of friends throughout this section. They have been identified with the business and social interests and progress of the community through all the years of their residence here and everyone extends to them their heartiest congratulations and good wishes.

Submitted by Janice Tilman, janicetilman@hotmail.com