Winnie Kaiser Yearnd Wedding Book – 5

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Winnie Kaiser Yearnd Wedding Book

About the wedding, a clipping from Grandma’s scrapbook.

William Yearnd 1 wedding

Only Near Relatives of the Bride and
Groom Were Present at the Wed-
ing Ceremony.

Miss Winnie A. Kaiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kaiser, and William H. Yearnd were united in marriage last evening at 5 o’clock at the bride’s home at 448 East Chapin street. Only the near relatives were in attendance, it being a quiet home wedding. Miss Kaiser, the bride, accompanied by her father, marched from upstairs and were met at the archway leading to the parlor by Mr. Yearnd, who escorted the bride to a position in the front parlor directly under a bell of carnations and smilax and in front of a bank of palms, where the ceremony was performed. Rev. Dr. A. W. Johnston, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated, the Presbyterian ring service being utilized. Miss Gertrude Cox presided at the piano and rendered Mendelssohn’s wedding march. Little Doris Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnston, was the ring bearer and carried the ring in an Easter Lily. Both the bride and groom were unattended.

Immediately following the marriage ceremony and after the young couple had received the congratulations of the assembled relatives, a four-course wedding dinner was served. The dinner room was tastily decorted (sic) with American Beauty roses and white carnations. Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Rice were the master and mistress of ceremonies.

Mr. and Mrs. Yearnd are both very well and favorably known in this city, the home of the latter for most of her entire life. Mr. Yearnd came to this city about three years ago and no further comment of his standing in the community and his ability need be made other than that he has won the confidence and respect of the people of this city and county which was evidenced in their selecting him as prosecuting attorney in which office he is serving his first term.

Out of town relatives in attendance at the wedding were Austin Thompson, of Petoskey, Miss Yearnd, of Howell, Frank Yearnd, of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Edward Cox and daughter, Miss Gertrude Cox of Big Rapids.


The first thing that stands out to me in this is that Winnie was the daughter of William Kaiser, but also the daughter of his first wife, Jane “Jennie” Johnston. The Mrs. Kaiser mentioned in this clipping was William’s second wife, Delia Conway Kaiser. Second, the date is not written or printed on the clipping; my grandparents were married on April 8, 1908. The marriage record lists Mildred and E.G. Rice as the attendants. Perhaps they were the most likely candidates for the blank spaces.

The big mystery of the wedding clipping is how all the guests are related, making this clipping both a genealogists dream, and nightmare. For what is solved, and what is not, watch future posts.

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    • Apple on October 8, 2009 at 11:38 am

    What a wonderful description of the ceremony!
    .-= Apple´s last blog ..Rose Graham Camfield, Oct 1, c1906 =-.

  1. I really like the way the older newspaper articles, especially wedding accounts and obituaries bend over to say nice things. The old county histories are like that too. I guess the kindness gives the accounts an artificial feel, sort of tooooo nice and not so much real world. But, on an occasion when I’ve looked high and low for any mention of an ancestor, I’ll take the sugar. Then, I have to prove if any of it is true.

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