BioM: Tragsdorf, Lillian #2 (1916)

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Surnames: Martin, Tragsdorf, Pinney, Bond, Fitch, Knoor

----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/2/1916

Tragsdorf, Lillian (25 OCT 1916)

Mr. James Horace Martin and Miss Lillian Tragsdorf were married at 8:30 Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, 1916, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Bertha Tragsdorf, on Grand Ave., Rev. S.B. Pinney officiating. Mr. James Bond of Ruston, La., was best man, and the bridesmaid was Miss Elsie Tragsdorf, sister of the bride. The bride was given away by Mr. Roy Fitch, of Madison, her brother-in-law. The ceremony was one of the prettiest ever seen in our city. A beautiful bower was built in the arch between the parlor and living room, draped and festooned with autumn foliage, carnations and ferns, while two huge bouquets of chrysanthemums formed the supporting columns. Here at the appointed hour the bridal party took their places to the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, played by Miss Myrtle Knoor of Granton.

The bride wore a dress of silver cloth with silk net and silver lace, and a long veil reaching from the head and forming a train. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley. The bridesmaid wore a dress of pink taffeta and carried a shower bouquet of Killarney roses. The bride’s travelling suit was brown broadcloth trimmed with beaver, and a brown hat. After the ceremony, a bountiful wedding dinner was served to upward of forty guests, and at midnight the young couple took the train for their Southern home, expecting to make a short stop in Chicago, and at the home of Mr. Martin’s parents at Murfreesboro, La., which will be their future residence.

The bride is one of Neillsville’s choicest young ladies. She was born and brought up here, graduated from our high school in 1910, taught country school successfully one year, graduated from the Domestic Science Department of Stout Institute at Menomonie, and taught her art at Jackson, La., two years, and at Ruston, La., one year. She combines in a rare degree all those qualities, practical and ideal, which make a beautiful, womanly character, fitting her for a helpful place in the home and in the social life of a community.

The bridegroom received his education at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and is now located at Ruston, La., being employed by the Friedman-Shelby Shoe Co. of St. Louis as its representative in southwesten Louisiana. He is, of course, a stranger to most of our people here, but left a most happy impression on all who met him as being an alert, intelligent and pleasant young man. Indeed it might be said in passing that both he and the groomsman, Mr. Bond, gave us a very high opinion of the intellectual qualities and social graces of the young men of the South.

With the bride and groom who begin the new life, bright with every promise of success, go the good wishes of the people of Neillsville and vicinity. We join in the hopes of happiness that shall come to their new home in the Southland.



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