The Evening Tribune August, 1891

Church & Society


   The bible readings at the reading room have been well attended and have proved in every way very successful.

   The watermelon party at Prof. G. Bahre’s Thursday evening was highly enjoyed.


   Rev. J. N. Hayes and family, who have been visiting at Prof. Briggs, leave by the Chicago boat tonight, enroute to the Pacific coast, whence in a few weeks they embark for China and the scene of their missionary labors at the great city of Soo Chow.


   The ladies of the St. Paul Evangelical church held a picnic in Beechtree Grove yesterday afternoon and evening, and had an enjoyable time.

   A lawn party was given at the residence of Jacob Baar on Washington avenue last evening. Upward of a hundred people were present and a great time was had singing, playing games, etc. Refreshments served, the proceeds derived going to the benefit of the Second Reformed church. The grounds were tastefully decorated with Chinese lanterns making a fine display.


A Quiet Wedding.

   On Tuesday evening at 9 o’clock at the home of the brides’ mother, Mrs. T. J. Scott of Elliot street, occurred the wedding of Miss Ella B. Finley and Charles H. Lilley. Rev. J. H. Sammis officiated. Only relatives and a few intimate friends were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Lilley took the Milwaukee boat immediately after the ceremony was over and will return Thursday and will at once go to housekeeping on Franklin street. At home after the 17th. Relatives and friends of the happy couple from Grand Rapids, Mich., St. Louis, Mo., and Detroit, Mich. were present. A beautiful and costly selection of presents were presented them by their many friends in and out of the city. Miss Mabel Beaudry acted as bridesmaid and Mr. Geo. Lilley, brother of the bridegroom, as best man. We can add nothing to the laurels of the contracting parties, they being well known in this vicinity ; suffice to say that Miss Finley is one of the most charming and respected young ladies of our city, and Mr. Lilley our popular and accommodating agent of the American National Express Companies.

   May prosperity and plenty reign wit them until their life’s journey is brought to a close.

   The 1st Reformed church Sunday school is picnicking at Highland Park today.


   The Misses Lizzie and Matie McMillap gave a pedro party at their home on Howard street last evening. About thirty persons were present. The booby prizes were taken by Mr. Ed. Gillen and Miss Ada Cairns. Miss Ida Utter and Mr. J.Gleason were the winners of the first prize. Refreshments were served after the cards and a general good time had.


   Student DeHaan, well known in this city, recently received a call from the Christian Reformed church, Oak Dale Park, Grand Rapids, which he will accept.


   Last evening Mr. G. Boyink and Henrietta Bos were married. This evening a wedding party will be given at Mr. H. Boyink’s residence on 7th St. The grounds are to be illuminated with Chinese lanterns. Co. F., of which he is a member and the fire department boys will be in attendance.


The Boyden Anniversary.

   The silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Boyden Saturday evening passed off in a very pleasant manner. The "bride and groom" renewed their youth amid the congratulations of their friends, and their smiling faces gave but little indication of the 25 years they have elapsed since the important event, commemorated by the gathering. The presents were numerous and beautiful, the decorations of the house and lawn tasty and fitting, the refreshments, needless to relate, superb.

   The guests numbered about 120. The City Band put in an appearance at an early hour and furnished a few delightful selections on the lawn. There were presents and remembrances from twelve states and territories, including almost everything in the line of silver and crystal. A detailed description of the presents would occupy too much space, but mention may be made of two unique and appropriate presents, the one a cabinet containing specimens of silver ore and a silver brick inscribed with the names of the happy recipients and the dates ‘66-’91, from Mayor and Mrs. Calkins, of Butte Montana, and the other a deed of a half interest in a mine and a specimen of the workings, from Don. M. Kedzie, of Lordsville, New Mexico. The guests left at ten after giving Mr. and Mrs. Boyden a hearty handshake and expressing a hope such as was expressed by a telegram received from a friend unavoidably absent "May we all dance at the golden wedding."


   The funeral of Dan O. Connell, of Grand Haven township, which was held at the Catholic church of this city, yesterday forenoon, was largely attended by his old friends and neighbors.

The Elite of the City Were There.
Description of Ceremony and Costumes.

   It was a very beautiful and notable society event and the elite of society’s event of the season—the wedding last evening of W. B. Dubee, of Ripon, Wis., to Miss Marion VanderVeen, eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A. VanderVeen, of this city. The nuptial ceremony took place at St. John’s Episcopal church, before a large number of invited guests, and was performed by Rev. Dr. Wilkinson, after which the company re-assembled at the family residence, where refreshments were served.

   In the order of ceremony in St. John’s, first came the two ushers, Mr. Armstead and Mr. Shippey, then the bridesmaids, Miss Beall, of St. Louis, and Miss Jenks, of Grand Rapids; following them was the maid of honor, Miss Glover; then came Marguerite, the little sister of the bride, bearing flowers, and Master Harry Wilkinson carrying the ring on a white velvet cushion: the last to come was the bride leaning on the arm of her father. They were met at the alter by the groom and his best man, Mr. McFarland, of Olivet College.

   The beautiful Episcopal service was made more impressive by a sweet prayer being sung just before the benediction, by the bride’s mother, Mrs. Squires, Mrs. Boyce and Mrs Koster. Mrs. McKillup, presided at the organ. The church was beautifully decorated with yellow and white flowers and ferns. The wedding party stood under an arch of ferns and lighted candles.

   The bride’s gown was an ivory white faille, en train, garniture with orange blossoms and embroidered white chiffon, tulle veil, fastened with a pearl tiara, and carried a bouquet of white sweet peas.

   Miss Beall wore a pale blue silk tissue over a gown of silk the same shade, short pink veil, fastened with a diamond star, and carried pink sweet peas.

   Miss Jenks wore a pale blue silk tissue over blue silk, trimmed in blue ribbon velvet and for-get-me-nots, short blue veil and carried a bouquet of variegated peas.

   Mrs. VanderVeen wore thin black silk grenadine with black embroidered chiffon, diamond and black jet ornaments.

   Marguerite a white silk "Kata Greenaway" frock; Master Harry Wilkinson in black velvet page’s costume.

   The groom’s gifts to the maid of honor and bridesmaid were lockets in the form of beautiful gold hearts with individual monograms of the recipients.

   There were a great many guests from abroad among whom were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Frost, of Chicago; Mrs. Frost was an intimate school friend of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. Mend, of Hesperia; Mr. and Mrs. Wood and the Misses Wilson, of Muskegon; Mrs. Pratt, of Ionia; Mrs. and Miss Beall, Mrs. and Miss Blue, Capt. Barnes and Mr. Edgar of, of St. Louis; Mrs. and Miss Sherely, Mr. Swager Sherely, of Louisville, Ky.; Miss Farrington and Mr. James Farrington, Terre Haute, Ind., Mrs Raymond and Mrs. Howell of Dayton, Ohio; Mr. McFarland, of Olivet; Rev. and Mrs. VanderVeen and son and Miss VanderVeen, of Grand Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. VanderVeen, Mr. John VanderVeen, and the Misses VanderVeen, of Holland; Mrs. McKillup, of Muskegon; Miss Libby Colvin, of Chicago; Miss Lester, of Grand Rapids. The presents were very numerous and beautiful.

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