Surnames: Meinhardt, Petke, Miller
----Sources: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 09/05/1940
Meinhardt, Alice (3 SEP 1940)
Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Withee was the scene of a beautiful fall wedding which took place Sept. 3, 1940, when Miss Alice Meinhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Meinhardt of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), exchanged matrimonial vows with Arthur Petke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Petke of Withee, Wis.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. E. Wendling at four p.m. The couple were attended by Mrs. Louis Miller, sister of the bride, as matron of honor, and Fred Petke, brother of the groom as best man. Bridesmaids were Miss Elsie Petke and Miss Ruth Petke, sister of the groom. Ushers were Arthur Meinhardt, brother of the bride, and Otto Petke, brother of the groom.
The bride was attired in a gown of white satin sprinkled with star dust designed with a V-shaped neckline and along oval shaped train.. Her long tulle veil fell from an open crown of seed pearls and orange blossoms. She carried a large bouquet of coral tea roses and white asters. The matron of honor wore a gown of slipper satin of aqua green in trape into embroidery.
The bridesmaids were gowned in identical pink brocaded satin dresses. All dresses were of floor length with matching headdresses of flowers and silver slippers. They each carried arm bouquets of pink asters and gladioli.
The groom, best man and ushers, and also the bride’s father were dressed in oxford gray suits with white asters as boutonnieres.
The bride was given away in marriage at the altar by her father. The organist for the wedding was Miss Dorothy Marking and her sister, Miss Laverne Marking, sang the selections, Oh Promise Me, and I Love You Truly, at the ceremony. The bride’s mother wore a black alpaca sheer dress trimmed with gold and corsage of white gladioli and white asters. The groom’s mother wore a black morocco rib dress trimmed with gold and a corsage of white gladioli and white asters.
The church was beautifully decorated with fall cut flowers. Each pew was marked with a large white bow.
At eight p.m. the dinner was served in the church dining room which was beautifully decorated with pink, blue and white streamers. Covers were laid for 110 relatives and friends. As centerpiece of the bride’s and groom’s table was a large three layer wedding cake adorned with a bride and groom. Large Silver wedding bells were also included in the decorations. Mrs. Norma Brandt, Miss Olivia Bowen, Mrs. George Boeldt and Mrs. George Funk were in charge of the dinner. Waitresses were the Misses Mae Veurink, Erma Nimbar, Joyce McErn, Muriel Engelbretson, Doris Boeldt and Maurette McAdams. The girls were dressed in black skirts with white satin blouses
After the dinner guests were entertained at a reception held at the home of the bride’s parents. The couple were entertained at a linen shower given in their honor Sunday evening, Sept. 1, at the home of the bride’s parents. They also entertained at a wedding dance which was held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Shadynook.
The bride is a graduate of the Owen High School and for the past year has been employed as clerk at John’s Trading Post.
The groom for the past year and a half has been employed as truck driver on the Grayvane Truck Lines of long distance moving of the United States.
After Monday, Sept. 9, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Petke will be at home near Elgin, Ill. The groom will be employed as manager of a 280 acre farm.
Out of town guests who attended the wedding were: Arthur Meinhardt, Sheboygan; Mr. and Mrs. Robert English, Mr. and Mrs. John Rauthbauer, Chippewa Falls; Mrs. Harry Andrews and daughter, Helen, Rice Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Drace, Mrs. John Drace, Stanley; Ed Neitzel, William Neitzel, Herman Neitzel, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Neitzel and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Boetcher and son, Mrs. Oscar Knappel, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Petke and family, Otto Petke, all of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Jake Speich and family, Greenwood.
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