BioM: Kearns, Kathryn Grimes (1948)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Email: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

Surnames: Kearns, Kerrigan, Palmer, Keller, Garman, Gabower, Nelson, Merzberger

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) January 6, 1949

Kearns, Kathryn Grimes (Marriage - 28 December 1948)

Kathryn Grimes Kearns of Madison, daughter of Mrs. John W. Kearns of Neillsville, became the bride of Wayne B. Palmer of Tomah, Tuesday, December 28, (1948), at a nuptial high mass at St. Bernard’s Church in Madison. The Rev. Fr. J. Merzberger of St. Bernard’s parish performed the single ring ceremony before 50 invited guests.

In the absence of her brother, Pfc. John Kearns, who is in the Philippines, Miss Kearns was presented in marriage by her uncle, Irwin J. Kerrigan of Madison. She wore a gown of white slipper satin, and a fingertip veil of illusion, held by a coronet of pearls. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses centered with an orchid.

Her maid of honor was her sister, Miss Ellen Marie Kearns of Chicago, who wore a gown of dusty rose and carried an armful of talisman roses. She also wore roses in her hair.

The groom’s brother, Wendell G. Palmer of Milwaukee, was best man. The three ushers were John Garman, Robert Gabower and Robert Nelson, all of Madison.

A wedding breakfast for 50 guests was served after the ceremony at the Park Hotel. A three tiered wedding cake centered the bridal table, and white candles and roses completed the decorations.

The bride, who graduated from Neillsville High School and from the University of Wisconsin, is engaged in personnel work at the Ohio Chemical Company in Madison, and is a member of Coronto sorority.

The groom, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Keller of Tomah, graduated from Neillsville High School in 1940 and was a United States Naval Cadet and, later instructor in gunnery during World War II. He is now attending the University of Wisconsin, having recently transferred there from Colorado A. & M. College at Fort Collins, Colo.

The young couple left on a wedding trip by car to Kansas City, via Chicago and St. Louis. The bride’s going-away outfit consisted of a dark blue gabardine suit, navy hat and wine red accessories, with which she wore the orchid from her bouquet as a corsage.

The groom’s mother was gowned attractively in a dinner dress of copper colored lace, with black accessories. Her corsage was of yellow roses. Mrs. Kearns wore a dinner dress of light blue crepe, a matching hat and white accessories. Her corsage was of delicate pink roses.

 

 


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