Ruth Gwendolyn (1940)
Contact: Crystal Wendt
Surnames: Gilbert, Brooks, Stahner, Austin, Beilfuss
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 5 Sept. 1940
Gilbert, Ruth Gwendolyn (Marriage - 31 Aug. 1940)
An early fall wedding, simple and pretty, took place at 11 o’clock Saturday morning, August 31, at the First M. E. Church at Green Bay.
With the sun shining through the stained glass widows and the back ground of the chancel lighted with many tapers, the settling was very effective. Before the altar banked with palms, ferns and colorful gladioli and asters, Miss Ruth Gwendolyn Gilbert, daughter of Mrs. Maude Gilbert, 337 South Monroe Ave., and James Welton Brooks, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Brooks, Neillsville, exchanged vows in s service read by the Rev. Daniel Stahner; the single ring ceremony was sued. Mrs. Lowell B. Austin, Green Bay, played the pipe organ during the entire ceremony.
Miss Ethel Gilbert, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Attorney Bruce Beilfuss of Abbotsford, former classmate of the groom acted as best man. The bride was becomingly attired in a fall suit of bronzine green, with a brown hat and matching accessories, and wore an orchid corsage. Miss Ethel Gilbert, the bride’s attendant, wore a suit of Indian earth shade, with a corsage of yellow roses. Both groom and best man wore suits of gray. The mothers of both bride and groom wore suits of navy blue, with corsages of sweet peas and pink rosebuds.
Following the ceremony at the church, a luncheon was served in a private room at the Beaumont Hotel. The wedding cake was cut by the bride assisted by the groom. The handle of the knife which was used to cut the cake was tied with white ribbon. After the luncheon a reception was held at the Gilbert home, after which, amid a shower of rice, the young couple left for a short honeymoon at the Chain O’Lakes, Waupaca. They will make their home at 1822 Helena St., Madison.
Mrs. Brooks was graduated from the Green Bay high school and Marquette University. For several years she had been employed in Madison as a dental hygienist. The groom completed his high school course in Neillsville, Wis. He was graduated from Carroll College in 1936 and received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he is now a member of the faculty.
Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Brooks, Bruce Beilfuss and his twin sister, Miss Bonnie, were in attendance at the wedding.
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