BioM: Thayer, Aralda Rose (1953)

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Thayer, Larson, McLaughlin, Finstad, Pipe, Amundson, Wolfe, Forehand, Sheldon, Fritzmeier, Magnuson, Black, Dans, Benson, Quilling, Blegen, Kamke, Jeffers, Wells, Stelloh  

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) June 11, 1953 

Thayer, Aralda Rose (Marriage - 6 June 1953) 

A very pretty wedding was solemnized in the First Congregational Church, River Falls, at 2 o’clock, Saturday afternoon, June 6, 1953, when Aralda Rose Thayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Thayer, became the wife of Charles Jeffers Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Larson, both families of River Falls. The Rev. Keenan Sheldon of Mt. Olivet Church, St. Paul, and the Rev. John Fritzmeier, of the local church officiated. 

The service opened with the beautiful love song, "Because," sung by M. Wayne Wolfe, accompanied by Mrs. Roy Forehand, who also played the prenuptial music and Lohengrin’s Wedding March as the processional and Mendelssohn’s wedding march as the recessional.  

The flower girls, little Nona and Susan, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. James McLaughlin, led the processional march.  They wore aqua and pink silk crepe dresses.  They were followed by Mrs. Lloyd Finstad in yellow taffeta, Miss Carla Jane Pipe in white organdy over pink taffeta, and the maid of honor Miss Frances ( a portion of this wedding write up is missing, we are sorry) 

The groom attired in a Navy blue suit, was (missing words) attended by _____ Amundson, as best man and Lloyd Finstad, as groomsman, each wearing gray suits, the conventional blue bow ties and white carnations.  John Sanders, Roy Forehand and Ronnie Blegen were the ushers. 

The double ring ceremony closed with a solo, "The Lord’s Prayer," by Mr. Wolfe. 

The church was decorated with baskets of garden flowers. 

The bride’s traveling suit was of linen, natural color with brown accessories. 

The bride’s mother wore a tan silk dress.  Her corsage was an orange camellia.  The groom’s mother was dressed in a blue and white silk dress; her corsage was of pink carnations. 

Mrs. Jack Magnuson presided at the guest book table. 

At the reception Mrs. James Black had charge of the wedding cake; Dr. Blanche Dans and Mrs. A. O. Benson poured at the serving tables.  Camilla and Sherry Quilling and Sonja Blegen were the waitresses.  A unique decoration at the bridal table was a myrtle crown worn by the bride’s Grandmother Kamke at her wedding in 1885.  The top of the bridal cake and couple ornament were placed in this archway. 

Mr. and Mrs. Larson are both graduates of he Wisconsin sate College, River Falls, class of 1951, and have their Bachelor of Science degrees.  The former majored in agriculture and is a member of F. F. A.  The latter majored in English and history and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, national dramatic organization. 

The bride has taught English and library methods at the Glenwood City High School the past two years.  The groom has been head of the agricultural department of the Cuba City High School since his graduation and will continue in the same position the coming year.  The bride will have charge of the English department in the high school in the neighboring city of Benton, where the couple will reside.   

They are taking a trip to Idaho to visit Mr. Larson’s grandfather, G. N. Jeffers, and other relatives.  They will be at Benton after September 1. 

Friends from Neillsville who attended the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Burton Wells and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stelloh. 



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