Among my great-grandfather's saved items I found my grandmother's wedding invitation, and several newspaper clippings pertaining to the gala event! First the invitation:
According to the pencil writing in the border, this appeared in the Star (Washington Star?), on September 16, 1914:
Marriage licenses have been issued to the following:
William F. Sherman and Nellie V. Niess
In the border of the next one is: Shippensburg Chronicle, September 10, 1914:
Invitations have been received in Shippensburg from Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Niess to the marriage of their daughter, Nellie Viola, to William Francis Sherman, to be held in Washington, D.C., September 16 at 8:00 o'clock. Mrs. Niess is a daughter of Rev. Carvell, a former pastor of the Shippensburg Church of God.
This next one appeared in the Star on September 15, 1914:
The wedding of Miss Nellie Viola Niess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Niess, and Mr. William Francis Sherman is to be solemnized tomorrow evening at 8 o'clock, in the First Congregational Church.
Following the ceremony a reception will be held at the home of the bride's parents, 61 Rhode Island avenue northwest.
The young couple will be at home after November 1 at 30 W street northwest.
The account of the wedding appeared in The Washington Post on Thursday, September 17, 1914:
Sherman-Niess Nuptials.The marriage of Miss Nellie Viola Niess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Niess, and Mrs. William Francis Sherman took place last evening at 8 o'clock in the First Congregational Church in the presence of a large company of relatives and friends. The pastor of the church, the Rev. Jay T. Stocking, officiated. The bride was given in marriage by her father, and wore a gown of ivory brocaded crepe de chine made with a court train. Her veil, which was of tulle, fell from a cap of lace and orange blossoms to the edge of the train, and she carried a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley, orchids, and bride roses. Mrs. Jarvis Goodwin was matron of honor, and her gown was of pale pink satin and lace. She wore a cap of pink tulle and carried a basket of pink roses.
There were four bridesmaids, each of whom wore a gown of crepe de chine in pastel shade to form the colors of the rainbow. Miss Hattie Montgomery, of Baltimore, was in pale green; Miss Martha Niess, of Pennsylvania, in pale mauve; Miss Dorothy McElwee in yellow and Miss Elsie Small in pale blue. They all carried standard baskets of asters tied with chiffon ribbons to match their gowns.
Mr. Charles Graves was best man, and the ushers were Benjamin Harlan, Mr. Edwin N. (sic) Niess, Mr. Carl Jorss, and Mr. Edwin Kavanaugh of New York.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at the home of the bride's parents, 61 Rhode Island avenue, after which Mrs. and Mrs. Sherman left for their wedding trip. They will be at home after November 1, at 30 W street.
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