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Marriage Notice Hints

Have you followed any of Ancestry’s hints from the Marriage Index in Newspapers.com? If so, do you read the entire marriage announcement, or do you stop reading when the description of the dress starts?

I have to admit that I sometimes stop reading when the dress description begins. Sometimes, I will scan the rest of the announcement looking for siblings in the wedding party. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I scanned the wedding announcement for Mabel Aileen Harvey and Roland Everett Hammond. This particular announcement included visiting out of town guests – along with where they were from! (Note: my transcription skips the part about the dress!)

Home News
The marriage of Miss Mabel Aileen Harvey and Mr. Roland Everette Hammond, was celebrated Thursday evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Harvey, 622 Oakland avenue. The Rev. J. W. Alderman presiding elder of this conference was the officiating clergy man. The bride and groom were unattended, and aside from the handsome house decorations of palms and flowers, the wedding details were of the simplest character A noticeable feature was the especially fine musical program.

Out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Hammond of Galva, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Ayers of David City, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. William Brereton of Monmouth, Illinois, Mrs. Pilling of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Martha Neis of Monmouth, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Harvey of Chicago, Mrs. Jennie Hayes and Miss Mabel Hayes of [to]peka, Mrs. Charles Vallery of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Mrs. Harry Newell and children of Galva, Ill., Mrs. H. Rudolph of Osawatomie, Mr. R. Harvey of Beloit, Kansas, Mr. Charles Gilchrest of Omaha. Mr. and Mrs. Hammond will be at home after July 15th at 1947 North Hallock street.

“Home News,” Kansas City Daily Gazette (Kansas City, Kansas), 20 June 1901, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 March 2021).

I was able to identify the following guests:

  • Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Hammond — Roland’s parents
  • Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Ayers – Roland’s half-sister and her husband
  • Mrs. Pilling – Roland’s half sister
  • Mrs. Harry Newell – Roland’s sister

For me, this was a great reminder to read the entire item,