Thursday, February 4, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - My Parent's Wedding Announcement

It's Thursday - time to open the digital Treasure Chest of family "stuff" - and do a show-and-tell of artifacts useful in determining family history and genealogy.

This newspaper article was found in the loose pictures and papers obtained from my Aunt Geraldine (Seaver) Remley - the youngest sister of my father and the keeper of family stories and treasures, who died in 1907.

Aunt Gerry had a few newspaper clippings, including one for my parents wedding in July 1942. This article was published in the "Society" section of the San Diego (CA) Union newspaper on 11 July 1942. The article had a photograph of Betty Virginia Carringer:

The caption on the photograph says:

"Pretty Betty Virginia Carringer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Lawrence Carringer, will be married at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in All Saints' Episcopal Church to Frederick Walton Seaver (Maxwell)."

The article is below:

The article reads:

"Bride, Attendants to be Gowned in White

"REV. FREDERICK J. STEVENS WILL PERFORM the wedding ceremony at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in all Saints' Episcopal Church which will unite in marriage Miss Betty Virginia Carringer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Lawrence Carringer, and Frederick Walton Seaver Jr., son of Mrs. Frederick W. Seaver of Leominster, Mass. The bride, as she approaches the altar with her father, will wear a gown of white marquisette over satin made en train and with bishop sleeves. Embroidered daisies outline the bodice and the top of the bouffant skirt. The bouquet will be composed of white chiffon daisies.

"Immediately preceding the bride will be the matron of honor, Mrs. Roderick Steddom, who will be attired in white organza with which she will wear point d'esprit mitts and cap. She will carry blue daisies.

"Costumes of the four bridesmaids also will be all white organza with point d'esprit mitts and caps. The four, who will carry gerberas in pastel shades with Bristol fairy gypsophillia, will be Miss Edwina Taylor, Miss Marcia Chamberlain, Mrs. George Patrick Lyons and Mrs. Richard Tazelaar.

"Marshall B. Chamberlain will act as best man at the ceremony which will be preceded by Miss Geraldine Seaver, sister of the bridegroom, singing 'The Lord's Prayer' and 'O Perfect Love.' Ushers will include Roderick Steddom, George Lyons, Richard Tazelaar and William Richmond.

"A reception for 250 guests in San Diego Woman's clubhouse will follow the ceremony. Mrs. Carringer will receive wearing a floor- length gown of chili green crepe. She will be assisted by Mrs. Seaver, who with Miss Geraldine Seaver arrived Thursday from Leominster.

"For her traveling costume the bride has chosen a dark green shantung frock to be worn with black and pale pink accessories. She and Mr. Seaver will drive north for a week's wedding trip before returning to make their home at 577 Twin Oaks st., Chula Vista.

"Miss Carringer attended San Diego State college, where she was a member of Phi Sigma Nu. Mr. Seaver, a graduate of Dartmouth college, is with an aircraft company here."

There is a lot of information of family history interest in this article, including their family friends, some family members, the church and number of attendees, where they will live, the colleges they attended, and Fred's occupation. Plus what material, color and style the women's gowns were made of - and nothing about the color and style of the men's suits, of course!

The one item that caught my eye was "Mr. Seaver, a graduate of Dartmouth college..." Wrong. He attended Dartmouth college for a year or two, but never graduated because he lost his baseball scholarship after injuring his knee, and was not quite a devoted student.


Lori H said...

Wedding photos and announcements are among my favorite family history items. I always love how they describe what they wore in great detail. How much elegant everyone was back then!

Unknown said...

I love wedding announcements. Bridal shower announcements are great too. Oh and what about anniversary announcements! Lol.. I found my great-grandparent's 50th anniversary announcement. It was full of all kinds of information and very helpful too. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

Sanjay Maharaj said...

Greta wedding announcement, I love the outift in the picture, she looks marvelous

Anonymous said...

such a contrast from British weddings in the same time period . The bride usually wore suit or a dress which could be re-used obtained using clothing coupons .The bride groom was in uniform and the wedding meal was a collection of ration coupons some donated. Then a week end pass.