BioM: Brown, Alta (1909)
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----Sources: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) 10/21/1909

Brown, Alta (14 OCT 1909)

A very pretty but quiet home wedding was solemnized last Thursday evening at eight o’clock, when Miss Alta Booth Brown and Mr. Harry Ernest Hartson were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Booth.

Promptly on the hour of eight, the beautiful strains of Mendelssohn’s famous wedding march, under the skillful manipulation of Miss Velma Hartson, sister of the groom, filled the home with melody, and the bride looked extremely pretty, dressed in a gown of cream silk poplin, trimmed with pearls and carrying a bouquet of cream colored roses, and attended by her cousin, Miss Frankie Brown, and little Marian Hartson as ring bearer, as she marched into the parlor and took her position beneath a handsome bell made of smilax and a representation clapper of a large and beautiful yellow rose, and where she was met by the groom, accompanied by his brother, Wellen Hartson.

The impressive ceremony, which was likewise as beautiful as it was impressive, was performed by the Rev. W.T. Hendren, and was witnessed only by the grandparents of the bride and parents of the groom, and Mr. and Mrs. D.D. Brown, son and daughter of Augusta, Wis.; Geo. R. Brooks and wife of Lynn, Wellen Hartson of Eau Claire, Miss Velma Hartson and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Palms and son Harry, all relatives of the contracting parties.

The home of the bride was handsomely decorated with white carnations and smilax, and this, together with the smiling and happy countenances of the bride and groom, imprinted a pleasurable picture on the minds and hearts of those present that will never be forgotten.

Immediately after the ceremony the wedding party repaired to the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Hartson, where a reception was given them in honor of the occasion, and which was attended by more than one hundred guests. The decorations of the home were very, very pretty.

The dining hall, where the guests were received, present the appearance of a wooded bower in its changeable colors of autumn, being profusely decorated with the many colored leaves of the oak and maple. Across the southeast corner and suspended from the ceiling, were lace curtains, divided in the center and drooping gracefully to either side, representing the opening flap of a tent, and in which Miss Hazel Bryden served the guests from a well filled punch bowl.

From the dining hall the guests filed into the reception parlor where they were cordially received and welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Hartson, who, in turn, introduced the guests to the newly wedded pair, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hartson, who were fairly overwhelmed with congratulations, and who made a handsome couple as they stood beneath two large letters, H and B., which were suspended from the ceiling and were decorated with smilax. This parlor was beautiful and artistically decorated in green and white, the green by smilax and the white represent by white carnations.

The guests filed through to the south room, which was handsomely decorated with smilax and yellow chrysanthemums, and from here adjourned to the east parlor where they were served with ice cream and cake by the Misses Lola Mason, Edna Burch, Gertrude Clute and Velma Hartson, with Mrs. G.S. Barlow supervising.

This room was also beautifully decorated in pink and white, the pink being represented by pink carnations. The plates and napkins were also a pink and green pattern, and the ice cream, which was cut into squares, had a pink heart in the center of each square. The connecting doorway between the two parlors was decorated by an archway of smilax.

The reception and most painstaking decorations was a grad testimonial of the love and esteem held for the happy young couple in whose honor the reception was given.

The bride and groom were the recipients of many very beautiful and valuable gifts in silver, cut glass, china and linen, showing the esteem in which they are held by their numerous friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Hartson are two of our most popular and estimable young people, and it is with keen pleasure that we join their friends in heartiest congratulations and best wishes.

They have commenced keeping house and are now at home to their … (the last line was cut off)



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