BioM: O’Neill, Marian (1911) 

Contact: Ann Stevens


Surnames: O’Neill, Calway, Whitcomb, Snodgrass, Helms, Youmans, Free, Karner, Lukens  

----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  June 15, 1911 

O’Neill, Marian (June 8, 1911) 

Thursday evening of last week occurred the marriage of Miss Marian O’Neill to Forest Calway, at the home of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. O’Neill.  The ceremony was witnessed by relatives and very close friends of the bride and groom. 

Shortly before 9 o’clock, Miss Ruth Whitcomb accompanied by Mrs. Geo. M. Snodgrass, played Thome’s "Simple Avieu" and at the close started the strains of Mendellsohn’s Wedding march.  At the opening measures of the march, Mrs. O’Neill came from the library and awaited the bridal party in the bower in the bay window.  She was closely followed by Judge Helms, the groom and his best man, G.C. Youmans. 

The bridal couple were descending the stairs and entered the room preceded by Ruth Free, who strewed rose pedals in the path of the party.  The ribbon bearers, Rosalie and Margaret Karner, formed an aisle through which came Miss Lucille Lukens, the maid of honor, followed by the bride upon the arm of her father.  With appropriate and beautiful words, Judge Helms united the couple in marriage.  During the ceremony Mrs. Snodgrass played Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 12.  At the conclusion of the ceremony and during the moments of congratulation, Miss Ruth Whitcomb and Mrs. Snodgrass softly continued the strains of the Mendellsohn’s Wedding march.  A wedding supper followed the ceremony and Mr. and Mrs. Calway left at midnight for New York, and last Thursday they sailed on the New Amsterdam for Europe.  During their trip abroad they will visit points in Germany, France, Switzerland, England and Scotland, and expect to be home about Sept. 15th.  They will be at home to their friends after Oct. 15th. 

The bride was attired in white batiste over heavy satin mescaline and wore a veil and carried a shower bouquet of bride’s roses and lilies of the valley.  Miss Lukens wore white embroidered mull and carried pink bridesmaid roses.  Mrs. O’Neill wore a gown of gray broadcloth with marquisette trimmings. 

The O’Neill home was beautifully decorated for the occasion.  The color scheme of the decorations of the living room in which the ceremony was performed was white.  The bay window was transformed into a bower of palms, bride’s roses, syringas and asparagus ferns.  The stairway was made into a lane of ferns through which the bridal party passed.  The color scheme of the dining room was pink, and the decorations were in pink roses, ferns, lilies of the valley, sweet peas and asparagus ferns.  The guests were served at small tables and the wedding party was seated at an elaborately decorated table in the dining room where a massive bouquet of pink roses held the center of the table and pink roses and lilies of the valley were scatted about. 

Mrs. Calway is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O’Neill and a most accomplished and popular young lady.  She has an exceptional literary and musical education and her pleasing manner and winsome disposition has won her many friends in this city.  Mr. Calway is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Calway, is a court reporter for this judicial district, and is one of Neillsville’s most energetic and capable young men.  The young couples were made the recipient of a serenade by the Neillsville band. 



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