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Espeset - Thomas Gibbs - Richmond Heffelfinger - Blunt
Evans - Dows Godden - Kopp Hill - Rose
Felkey - Davis Gordenier - Blunt Hoohr - Johansen
Flier - Holland Gronstal - Heaton Hunt - Crissinger
Frank - Hite Gunderson - Jorstad
Gaarde - Churchill Hanson - Olson

Espeset - Thomas

Howard Espeset Married July 21st at Los Angeles

Wedding a Quiet Affair--Expected in Estherville Some Time in September

Howard Espeset, assistant cashier of the Estherville State Bank, surprised his many Estherville friends last week by writing home that he was married on July 21st [1910] to Miss Marie Thomas at Los Angeles, Calif., and expected to be home with his bride early in September. Miss Thomas, or Mrs. Espeset now, has visited Estherville many times and is well known here. She is a young lady of many graces of mind and person who is capable of filling the home she will adorn with happiness and will prove to be truly a helpmate and companion by the husband she has chosen to honor with her hand. She is an accomplished lady, being a graduate from Oberlin College and Boston Conservatory of Music and studied abroad for two years. Her parents are wealthy.

Mr. Espeset was born and raised in Estherville. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Espeset and grandson of Howard Graves, president of the State Bank. He is considered one of the substantial and coming young men of the county who will make his mark as a worthy son.

The congratulations of the happy event will be numerous and the Democrat is greatly pleased on this occasion to add its hearty good wishes for a happy wedded life.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, August 17, 1910.

Evans - Dows

On Tuesday afternoon the First Presbyterian Church was the scene of a late summer wedding which was charming in its simplicity. Then Miss Margaret Richmond Dows, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dows of this city, became the bride of Mr. G. Wesley Evans of Grafton, West Virginia.

Preceding the ceremony, which was read by Rev. Daniel Williams, D. D. of Minneapolis, Mr. T. W. Doughty charmed the guests by two solos, "I Love You Truly" and "At Dawning" with Miss Gladys Hays presiding at the organ.

The Wedding March from Mendelsohn announced the approach of the bridal party, which included in addition, to the Bride and Groom, Miss Helen Dows, sister of the Bride, as Maid of Honor, and Mr. Emory Miller of Des Moines as Groomsman. The Messrs. Wallace and Wayne Richmond, cousins of the bride and Mr. John Kingston were ushers, while Mrs. Grace Slessor and Mrs. F. A. McDonald received at the door. The Bride entered on the arm of her father, and was attired in sheerest white organdie with a garden hat to match. She carried a colonial bouquet of old fashioned flowers, which added to the simple elegance of the bridal costume.

The Maid of Honor wore a quaint peach organdie, with hat of the same and carried an arm bouquet of Sweetheart roses and Shasta daisies.

Palms and banks of ferns transformed the chancel of the church into a bower of green, and here the impressive ring ceremony was read.

Immediately following this Mr. and Mrs. Dows were at home to guests at their residence, where Meesdames Slessor and McDondald were assistant hostesses.

The color scheme of peach and white was effectively carried out by Ward roses and Shasta daisies. The refreshments also followed the decorative plan, and the festoons of smilax in the dining rooms gave an effect that was delightful.

The Bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dows. For the past eight years she has been away at school.

Her High School days were spent at St. Mary's Hall, Faribault, Minn. and last June she graduated from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. Last Summer and Fall were spent in Philadelphia where she did settlement work. While Miss Dows has been away so much of the time she still holds strong ties of friendship in Armstrong, and will ever be welcome here.

The groom is Assistant Superintendent of the Hazel-Atlas Glass Co. at Grafton, and while he is a stranger in Armstrong he is recognized as a younger man of character and business ability.

Mr. and Mrs. Evans left immediately for Newport, R.I. going by way of the Great Lakes.

After October First they will be at home in Grafton, West Virginia.

Source: Unknown, but probably the Armstrong Journal, Armstrong, Iowa, and unknown date, but probably prior to 1924.

Contributed by: James Richmond

Felkey - Davis

At the Methodist parsonage Monday morning July 1, at ten o'clock, Rev. F.W. Ginn joined in marriage Jesse J. Felkey, of Armstrong, and Jennie I. Davis, of Estherville. Both parties are well known and highly esteemed in this community. They will make their home at Armstrong.

Source: The Weekly Northern Vindicator, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; July 4, 1901.

Flier - Holland

Married, Feb. 14th, 1900, by Rev. M. D. Bevan at the residence in Estherville, Mr. Henry Flier and Miss Agnes J. Holland, both of Jack Creek township, this county. The young couple begin life work with good prospects at farm life on Section 12 of their township.

Contributed by: Diane Lavender. Source: The Weekly Northern Vindicator, Estherville, Iowa, February 15, 1900.

Frank - Hite

John Frank and Miss Julia Hite were married Wednesday, December 11th [1912] at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frank, on north Sixth street. The ceremony was performed at four o'clock in the afternoon by Rev. G. F. Whitfield, pastor of the Methodist church. The ring ceremony was used. Only relatives of the bride and groom were present. A three course wedding dinner was served by the groom's mother, Mrs. Henry Frank. Both of these young people are well and favorably known in this community where they have made their home since early childhood. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. C. E. Hite, of Twelve Mile Lake township, and a very popular young lady. The groom is a steady and industrious young man. They will make their home with the groom's parents until spring and then move on to the Mrs. C. E. Hite farm in Twelve Mile Lake township. They have the best wishes of their numerous friends for a happy and prosperous wedded life.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, December 18, 1912.

Gaarde - Churchill

Our community was not a little surprised at the announcement of the wedding of our genial friends, Peter Gaarde and Myna Churchill, which occurred January 1 at the home of the bride's parents near Armstrong. The bride has been one of Emmet county's popular school teachers, while Mr. Gaarde is a prosperous farmer. They will reside on the groom's farm near Haifa. The Enterprise joins their many friends in extending hearty congratulations.

Source: Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; January 15, 1908.

Gibbs - Richmond

Married:--At the residence of the bride's parents in Armstrong Grove, February 15, 1884 by the Rev. R.N. Paden, Mr. W. H. Gibbs to Miss Nettie Richmond.

It is with pleasure that we chronicle this happy union. The groom is an industrious young man and one highly respected by his score of friends and one who, by energy and steadfastness of purpose, has become well-to do in worthy goods. The bride is a daughter of one honored chairman of the Board of supervisors, Mathew Richmond, and a lady greatly esteemed by a host of acquaintances. May they enjoy the manifold blessings of a happy and prosperous life is the wish of many friends.

Contributed by: James M. Richmond. Source: The Northern Vindicator, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, February 15, 1884. Provided to Jim by J. Egeland, Dolliver, Iowa in a personal communication.

Godden - Kopp

MARRIED--At the home of the bride's parents at Mechanicsville, this state, the 15th inst. [15 Sep 1914] Mr. John Godden and Miss Ida Kopp. The bride is a sister of Mrs. Geo. Godden and is a handsome lady of accomplishment and refinement. The groom is a brother of Engineer Geo. Godden, one of the B. C. R. and N.'s best engineers, and is an exemplary young man well worthy of the prize he has secured. They are now at home in this city on North Sixth street in the Rhodes cottage.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Vindicator and Republic, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, September 23-1914.

Gordenier - Blunt

Mr. R. E. Gordenier of Estherville and Miss Nellie Blunt of Ruthven were married at the home of the bride's parents Wednesday, Rev. J. B. Walker officiating. The groom is a conductor on the M. and St. line. The happy couple will live at Estherville. The Democrat extends congratulations.

Source: Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa, August 24, 1910.

Ruthven Appeal: A quiet and pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burton E. Blunt when their eldest daughter, Miss Nellie, was united in marriage to Mr. R. E. Gordenier, of Estherville, Iowa. Rev. J. B. Walker of the Methodist Church was the officiating clergyman. The bride wore a beautiful white silk gown, while the groom was attired in the conventional black broadcloth.

The party repaired at once to the dining room where a bountiful four course dinner was served.

The bride has grown to young womanhood in this community. Graduating from the high [school] in 1908, she has since taught in the schools of the county. She has been loved and respected for her real worth and will be greatly missed in church circles where she has been an active and efficient worker and also in social circles.

The groom is a conductor on the M. and St. L., is a young man of promise, and has the confidence of a large circle of friends.

The bridal couple will take a two-week trip to Chicago and other points. They will make their home in Estherville. Their many friends wish for them the best things in life. Mrs. F. P. Gordenier of Paton, Iowa, mother of the groom, was the only out of town guest.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1910.

Gronstal - Heaton

Bernt Gronstal and Miss Mae Heaton were solemnly married at the Catholic parsonage Wednesday morning at eight o'clock September 9 [1914], by Rev. J. G. Murtagh. Only the parents of the bride and groom were present.

Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple left for Minneapolis in their auto. After spending a few days in the twin cities they will motor to Fargo, South Dakota, where the groom has several valuable farms.

The groom is assistant cashier at the First National Bank of this city and is a very honest and ambitious young man.

The bride is a handsome accomplished young lady and is possessed of many admirable traits making her an ideal companion and helpmate for her husband. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Heaton of this city.

The Vindicator and Republican joins in congratulations.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: The Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA weekly newspaper, Sept. 16, 1914.

Gunderson - Jorstad


On last Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, 1917, at the home of the bride's parents at Hammond, Wisconsin, occurred the marriage of Miss Elsie Jorstad, of that place, and Mr. Geo. Gunderson. This young couple is well and favorably known in this vicinity, the bride having taught school here. The groom was raised on a farm in this community and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Gunderson of Wallingford. We have not heard where they will reside but presumably in Estherville where the groom has an excellent position with the Walker Motor Co., as a mechanic. Those who attended the wedding from this vicinity are Mr. and Mrs. L. L Gunderson and daughter, Miss Ida; Mrs. Jas. Refsell, ad Miss Mildred Jorstad, sister of the bride who teaches in this vicinity. Their many friends join with us in wishing them an abundance of health and happiness in their wedded life.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: The Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, October 31, 1917.

Hanson - Olson


A very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Olson on April 6th [1915], when their daughter, Mary Bertha, was united in marriage to Amos Hanson, one of the prosperous young farmers of Jack Creek township. At 12 o'clock the wedding party marched to the parlor under the strains of the wedding march played by Mrs. Mary Peterson. Christina Olson and Andrew Olson, Jr., sister and brother of the bride acted as bridesmaid and best man. Esther and Ella Birkeland of Fenton, little nieces of the bride, were flower girls.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. T. J. Severson of Gruver beneath an arch draped with lace curtains and a large white wedding bell. The bride wore a beautiful dress of white crepe de chine trimmed with lace and pearl braid. She had bridal veiling and carried a large bouquet of roses. He wore a blue serge suit. The dining room and parlor were decorated in orange and white carnations and smilax.

After congratulations a bounteous dinner was served to about 150 relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Hanson were the recipients of many beautiful and useful gifts. mostly silverware, table linen, china etc. and over $100 in cash.

Ice cream and cake were served and everyone went home wishing the happy couple a long and happy married life. They will begin housekeeping on the groom's farm which he recently purchased from his brother.

Those from away were Mrs. Draper, Mrs. Houghkirk and Carl Olson of Waterloo, cousins of the bride.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: The Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Iowa weekly newspaper, Apr. 14, 1915.

Heffelfinger - Blunt


They Will Reside in Estherville Where The Groom is Engaged in Business

A very pretty wedding was solemnized in Ruthven Wednesday at high noon which united Mr. James G. Heffelfinger of Estherville, Iowa and Miss Grace B. Blunt of this city [Ruthven]. The marriage occurred at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Blunt, Rev. R. C. Mitchel, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Estherville, officiating.

The home was beautifully decorated with roses, carnations and ferns. The ceremony took place beneath an archway of entwined roses and smilax. Miss Vera Heffelfinger, of Estherville, sister of the groom, acting as bridesmaid and Mr. Glen Wannamaker as best man.

The bride is one of Ruthven's fairest young ladies. She attended school until graduating from the high school when she received a teacher's diploma and taught school for three years. Mr. Heffelfinger is to be congratulated upon securing for his life's companion a young woman of refinement, culture and the accomplishments expected of an ideal helpmate and wife.

Mr. Heffelfinger, the groom, is a member of the firm of Heffelfinger Bros. engaged in the grocery business in Estherville. The growth of their business has increased wonderfully since the opening of their store last winter showing the excellent management and capability of the young proprietors. It is one of the cleanest model grocery business houses in the city of Estherville and reflects the clean character and personality of the young men who conduct it.

The bride and groom boarded the east bound passenger [train] on the Milwaukee Wednesday for Chicago where they will spend a week or ten days before returning to Estherville to reside. Hearty congratulations and showers of rice was the lot of the happy couple as they wended their way across the station platform and up the steps of the passenger coach.

Relatives and friends present at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Heffelfinger and daughter Vera, Mrs. Harry Skinner and Mr. Glen Wannamaker of Estherville, Mrs. Lulu Atchison of Montana, Mrs. R. E. Gordenier of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barringer of this city and Mrs. Harry Heffelfinger of Estherville.

Reprinted in The Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, March 14, 1915.

Hill - Rose

Happily Wedded

At noon Christmas (25 Dec 1907) occurred the marriage of Mr. Clinton R. Hill, of Spencer and Miss Tillie B. Rose, of this city at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Rose, Rev. T. C. Cole, of the Methodist church officiating.

Only immediate relatives and most intimate friends of the bride and groom were present. The wedding, however, was a very pleasant affair. The rooms were handsomely decorated and after the ceremony a fine dinner was served. The groom is an excellent young business man of Spencer and the bride is one of Estherville's accomplished young ladies. She was a former teacher in the county and a lady of many womanly graces.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: The Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, January 1, 1908.

Hoohr - Johansen

Eleanora Johansen, daughter of C. O. Johansen, of Ringsted and Peter Hoohr of Newell, Iowa were united in marriage at the St. John's church at 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon of last week by the pastor, Rev. Isaksen. Lizzetta Christensen, a cousin of the groom was bridesmaid and Victor Hoohr, a brother of the groom was best man. The church was beautifully decorated in pink and white and the wedding party consisted of relatives and near friends of the contracting parties. After the ceremony the wedding party repaired to the home of the bride where a delicious super was served.

The bride is the only daughter of C. O. Johansen. Since the death of her mother a three years ago she has stayed at home and kept house for her father, being called from school to do so. She attended Grandview college one year and a few years ago went to Cale where she attended Salvany college. The groom is a stranger in this community, although he has a number of relatives here. He has all the appearance of a successful young man and is highly thought of in his home town. He has purchased the former Wm. Nelson farm north of town and they will start housekeeping there after ------ [Transcribers note: Unable to read last word on original].

Transcribed by: Diane Lavender. Source: Estherville Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Iowa, February 25, 1920.

Hunt - Crissinger

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunt last Thursday evening, Rev. F.W. Ginn officiating, occurred the marriage of Miss Celia Crissinger and Harry Hunt, both of Fairmont, Minn. Only relatives and intimate friends were present. The wedding, however, served as the occasion for bringing about a very happy reunion of the Hunt family, all being present except one brother and one sister. Those present, in addition to the bride and groom, were: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hunt and Mr. and Mrs. Milo Hunt of Estherville; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hunt and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt of Marathon; Mr. and Mrs. George Davis and Mrs. Alda Bailey of Fairmont. Several group pictures were taken the following day.

Source: The Northern Vindicator, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; August 7, 1902.