BioM: Carlson, Arlene R. (1954) 

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Surnames: Carlson,  Rankl, Kollath, Lindsey, Paulson, Witte, Behrents, Albrecht, Schultz 

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 12/23/1954 

Carlson, Arlene R. (Marriage - 21 Dec. 1954) 

Peace Evangelical and Reformed church, Dorchester, was festive with evergreen boughs and poinsettias for the wedding of Miss Arlene R. Carlson and Jerome C. Rankl, Tuesday evening. The double ring ceremony was performed by candle light with the Rev. Fred W. Kollath officiating at 7:30. The bridal couple’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Carlson and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rankl. 

Before the ceremony, Miss June Lindsey, of Eleva, a college mate of the bride, played a half hour of organ music and during the ceremony she accompanied Miss Alice Paulson, who sang "The Lord’s Prayer," and "O Promise Me." 

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a ballerina length gown designed with a lace bodice and long sleeves. The full skirt was fashioned of lace over satin with nylon net over all. Her finger tip veil fell from a tiara of pearls and sequins. In her bouquet, red and white roses with pine boughs were interspersed with little white bells. 

Attending her was Miss Jean Witte, as maid of honor and Miss Phyllis Behrents, as bridesmaid, both college friends of the bride. The junior bridesmaid was her sister, Miss Carol Carlson. 

The maid of honor wore a white gown while the bridesmaid’s was mint. They were similarly styled of tiered net over taffeta. In their hair they wore crowns of leaves with sequin trim. They carried bouquets of white and pink carnations nested in pine boughs. 

The junior bridesmaid wore a full net over taffeta dress in nile green. Her headdress was similar to the bride’s in green and her bouquet was a miniature of the bride’s bouquet. 

Attending the groom as best man was his brother, James Rankl, Madison, and his friend, Donald Albrecht. Ushers were Lyle Carlson, brother of the bride, and Gerald Carlson, Madison, uncle of the bride. 

To her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Carlson wore a blue brocaded dress with red accessories and Mrs. Rankl wore a black silk dress with white accessories. Both had corsages of red and white carnations. 

Following the ceremony a reception was held in the church parlors for about 100 guests. While the wedding cake was being cut, Miss Paulon, accompanied by Miss Lindsey, sang "Why Do I Love You." The tiered colonnaded cake was decorated in a delicate green lacy effect with yellow roses, topped by wedding bells. 

Guy Carlson, brother of the bride, was in charge of the guest book at the reception. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rankl left on a wedding trip to the southern part of the state and will be at home for Christmas. They will reside in the town of Holton on the former Mrs. Mary Schultz farm which the groom recently purchased. 

Both young people are graduates of the Abbotsford high school and the groom has recently returned from the service. The bride is teaching the Woodland school, town of Green Grove. She has completed the elementary teachers’ training course at Eau Claire State College. 

Guests attending the wedding came from Park Ridge, Ill., Madison, Cambridge, Eau Claire, Eleva, Marshfield, Stetsonville, Colby, Curtiss, Spencer, Loyal, Dorchester, and Abbotsford. 



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