Bruhn, Judith Gail (1955)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Bruhn, Williams, Harcey, Rosekrans,
Schweinler, Jacobi, Smith, Scott, Huntington, Spuhler, Rupno,
Brenstock, Buckmiller, Christenson
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) February 3, 1955
Bruhn, Judith (Marriage - 5 February
The marriage of Miss Judith Bruhn to Chester
Williams will take place Saturday, February 5, 1955 at the
Congregational Church with the Rev. Frank Harcey, pastor of the
church, performing the double ring ceremony at 2:30
Following the ceremony a reception will be held
in the church parlor.
Judy has been employed by the Badger State
Telephone Co. since her graduation from the Neillsville High School
Mr. Williams has been with the armed forces for
the past two years and has been stationed at Fr. Knox, Ky. the last
several months. He has now received his discharge and at
present is staying with his parents.
The young couple will reside in Neillsville,
where Mr. Williams is with his former employer, LaVerne
Gaier. The bride will also continue with her present
Mr. and Mrs. Melford Williams and Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Bruhn are the parents of the couple.
(The above was the account of what was planned
for this wedding, but read on to what actually took
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) February 10, 1955
When Mrs. Earl Bruhn entered the Congregational
Church last Saturday afternoon for her daughter’s wedding,
right along with her was the surgeon who had just performed a major
operation upon her mother. There was a hurried, soft word,
"She is all right," and an apology from Drs. Milton and Sarah
Rosekrans that they were in their works clothes. So short was
the interval between the operation and the wedding that there was
nothing for it but to make speed from one to the other, with
clothing whatever it happened to be.
To Mrs. Bruhn and to all the members of the
family the surgeon’s encouraging word was one more thing in a
week of worry, suspense and drama. Mrs. Schweinler had come
to Neillsville on January 27 to help in the preparations for the
large church wedding. In days of discomfort from a pain of
uncertain origin, Mrs. Schweinler had done what she could.
Even just before the pain took full possession, Mrs. Schweinler
baked pies. But by Thursday, February 3, the pain was in full
charge. Early that evening Mrs. Schweinler was taken to the
Even after admission to the hospital, there was
some hope that Mrs. Schweinler might at least hear the ceremony
over the telephone, and preparations were practically complete for
the hookup. But on Saturday forenoon Mrs. Schweinler was in
no condition to take an interest even in the wedding, and an
operation was considered imperative. So at 11:45 Mrs.
Schweinler was taken to the operating room and was put to
sleep. And by the time she could know anything more at all,
she had lost a gall bladder and had gained a
But Mrs. Schweinler, in the deep sleep of
anesthesia during the wedding ceremony, will not be left without a
good knowledge of it, for a tape recording was made for her, and it
was planned that she should hear it as soon as she had gained
On this wedding day, Saturday, February 5, a son
of Mrs. Schweinler, Merritt C. Schweinler, was journeying, not
toward the family event in Neillsville, but over the Pacific and
away from it. On that day he landed in Honolulu; after a
flight from San Francisco. His purpose was to visit his
brother, Lieut. Col. Dale Schweinler, and family. There the
two brothers were to be together, while the family event was
proceeding in Neillsville.
Originally Merritt’s plan had been to
attend this wedding with his wife, but on last May 31, death took
her. She had shared with him the anticipation of the wedding
in Neillsville, and he did not feel up to it to make the journey
and to participate in the festivities by himself. He has no
family of his own; is with the Bell Telephone Co.
Mrs. Schweinler made good progress after the
operation and was regaining her accustomed good feeling by Tuesday
evening, February 8.
The Wedding Ceremony:
The Congregational Church at Neillsville was the
scene of the marriage of Judith Gail Bruhn, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Earl Bruhn of 205 Hewett Street, to Chester Eugene Williams,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Melford Williams of 310 Hewett Street, on
Saturday, February 5, 1955, at 2:30 p.m.
The Rev. Frank Harcey performed the double ring
ceremony before an altar decorated with large baskets of white
glads, snapdragons and candelabra. Big lacey bows with red
carnations were pinned on the pews.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore
a gown of Chantilly lace, the bodice of which was designed with a
scalloped neck line. The long sleeves ended in points over the
hand. The train of the gown was of Cathedral length. The
tulle veil, bordered in lace, was fastened to the Juliet cap which
she wore as a head piece. The cap was designed of seed
pearls. Her flowers were red carnations tied with white tulle
Winifred Bruhn, sister of the bride, was her maid
of honor and Dawn Williams, sister of the groom, acted as her
bridesmaid. Both wore dresses of red nylon net over taffeta,
with white fur head pieces. Both attendants carried white fur
muffs with red carnations.
The groom was attended by his brother, Orin
Williams, as best man. DeWayne Schweinler of Altoona and Dale
Jacobi of Marshfield ushered.
Mary Ann Smith was soloist, accompanied at the
organ by Mrs. Jess Scott.
reception for approximately 300 persons was held in the parlor of
the church, which was decorated with white glads and
The bride is a graduate of the Neillsville High
School and has been employed by the Badger State Telephone Co.,
since her graduation in 1953. The groom received his
education in the rural schools and at Loyal High School. He
is employed at Gaier’s Hatchery in
The following close relatives attended the
wedding: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bruhn, Mrs. Adeline Bruhn and Lucille,
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bruhn and family, all of Marshfield; Mr. and
Mrs. Glen Huntington and Shirley, Stoddard; Mr. and Mrs. Morton
Spuhler, Marshfield; Mrs. Elda Rupno, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Brenstock, Merrill; Mr. and Mrs. DeWayne Schweinler,
Altoona; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Schweinler, Mosinee; Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Buckmiller, Marshfield, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Christenson, Eau
Upon their return to Neillsville the young couple will be at home in an upper apartment at 126 East Fifth Street, known as the Bradbury apartments.
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