BioM: Ketel, Mary (1937)

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Surnames: Ketel, Gerold, Armstrong, Maxwell

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 23 Dec. 1937

Ketel, Mary (Marriage - 18 Dec. 1937)

Mary Gilman Ketel, Ladysmith and Carl E. Gerold, Port Washington, Wis., were married at the Masonic Temple, Ladysmith, Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, at 3 o’clock.

The Temple formerly the N. J. Smith home, one of the finest in northern Wisconsin, formed a beautiful setting for the wedding, with its lovely, winding stairway leading to the spacious hall below.

The marriage took place at one end of the large living room. The altar was covered with a beautiful old oriental rug, upon which stood a gold candelabrum with ivory tapers. At either side were silver trees in tall white garden vases, a huge silver wreath forming the background and a lovely old Sarouk rug lay directly in front of the altar.

At the appointed hour, Miss Genevieve Welsh, Neillsville, maid of honor, descended the stairs, followed by Miss Ketel, whose father, J. E. Ketel, escorted her to the altar, where the groom and his best man, Arthur Gerold, Jr., Milwaukee, awaited. Lohengrin’s wedding march was played Mrs. Glen Armstrong, Ladysmith. The singe-ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Henry F. Maxwell, pastor of the Congregational Church, graduate of Oxford University, who appeared in the Oxford gown and hood, representing an advanced degree, "B. Litt Oxon".

The bride was beautiful in an old ivory colored suit of imported nub wool, with Martin fur trim, black hat and shoes and wore a corsage of gardenias. Her attendant was gowned in dubonette crepe and lace and wore a corsage of cream-colored chrysanthemums. Mrs. Gerold was born in Neillsville and grew to young womanhood here. She was graduated from Neillsville high school, attended Milwaukee-Downer College for 2 years and later took a secretarial course in Miss Browns’ School of Business, Milwaukee.

She worked as assistant to her father in the Ladysmith Wholesale Grocer Co. and managed that business for 6 months during her father’s illness. She also worked for 1 ½ years in the trust department in the First National Bank at West Bend. She is a charming young woman, gracious and talented, and her many friends here bespeak for her happiness and success in her new home.

Mrs. Ketel, mother of the bride, wore black crepe, embroidered with silver leaves, while the groom’s mother wore black crepe and lace.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Gerold of Fredonia, Wis. He is a graduate of Random Lake high school and the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a member of the law firm of Schanen, Linley and Gerold of Port Washington.

A tea and reception were given by Mr. and Mrs. Ketel to 55 guests. A Madeira table cloth, embroidered and lace trimmed, white chrysanthemums and a large wedding cake adorned the tea table, Mrs. John Pederson and Mrs. Fred Risser presiding.

The out-of-town guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gerold, Fredonia; Miss Hiltrude Jentzes, Port Washington; Arthur Gerold, Jr., Milwaukee; Judge and Mrs. C. H. Gilman; Friendship; Judge and Mrs. E. W. Crosby, Senator and Mrs. W. J. Rush, Mrs. N. F. Toptine; Mrs. Jule Neverman; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Welsh; Mr. and Mrs. Allan Covell, Mrs. G. W. Longenecker, and Mrs. Victor***Rest cut off. ****

N. J. Smith home, one of the finest in northern Wisconsin, formed a beautiful setting for the wedding, with its lovely, winding stairway leading to the spacious hall below.

Contributed by Kathy Ravenscraft




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