Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Found Newspaper Articles for Linda's Parents in 1937 in San Francisco

I wondered if any of the online newspaper collections had articles about my wife's parents marriage, or the deaths of her grandfathers, in the San Francisco area.

I checked the GenealogyBank collection for San Francisco newspapers, and noted that they have the San Francisco Chronicle from 1/1/1937 to 12/31/1942.  I did find an engagement article, a marriage application notice, a marriage license notice, and a wedding announcement article in 1937.

The engagement article (dated 10 January 1937):

2)  The Marriage Application notice (dated 1 September 1937):

3)  The Marriage License notice (8 September 1937):

4)  The wedding announcement article (dated 10 October 1937):

The picture is not of my mother-in-law...nor did they "...slip away to Reno..."

The transcription of the article is:

"Young Couple United in Marriage

"Miss Edna May Schaeffner became the bride of Mr. Lee Severt Leland on Saturday, September 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church.

"The bride wore the traditional wedding gown of white satin designed with a train and a lace yoke and collar.  She carried a shower bouquet of orchids, gardenias and lilies of the valley.  Her long tulle veil was held in place by a wreath of orange blossoms.

"Miss Barbara Frahm was the maid of honor and Mrs. S. Blair Mertes was the matron of honor.  They were dressed alike in blue taffeta and carried shower bouquets of talisman roses.  Little Jean Mertes, the flower girl, was in a frock of pink taffeta and carried a basket of pink sweet peas.

"Mr. Al Girot was the best man and the ushers were Mr. Don Armour and Mr. Kenneth Hagist.  After the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride."

5)  Unfortunately, I found no articles about the deaths of Paul F. Schaffner in 1934 (not in Chronicle issues available), or Severt O. Leland in 1940 (not found in Chronicle).

6)  It's always a good idea to check the coverage of every newspaper on the list before you search for a name.

7)  Fold3 has a great collection of the San Francisco Chronicle from the 1860s until 1923.  I've found quite a few articles about the Schaffner, McKnew and other San Francisco families who are my wife's ancestors.

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