TSGS Cruiser Blog

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Evansville Argus Wedding Story

On Sunday, August 9th, I took a visit to the Willard Library and met John & Brenda. While at the Willard Library I spent some time looking at the microfilm of the Evansville Argus, an African-American newspaper published in Evansville from 1938-1942. One of the items I photocopied while there that day was this wedding announcement of Luella Clay & Charles Jackson.

Evansville Argus
August 13, 1938

Young Couple in Beautiful Ceremony

The marriage of Miss Luella CLAY to Chearles [sic] JACKSON, both of this city, was solemnized last Tuesday evening at the home of the bride’s uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BROWN, 64 E. Oregon. The Rev. Chas BROWN, pastor of the Little Zion, Baptist church Newburgh, Ind., officiated with the ceremony in the living room of the home.
The service was read before an improvised altar of palms, ferns, and lilies, with two six branch candelabra. Pink gladiolos and red roses were used throughout the house. Preceding the ceremony James ROACH sang, “I Love You Truly,” and played the “Bridal Chrous” from Lohengrin as the processional, and “O Promise Me,” during the service. Mr. ROACH played Mendelsshon’s Wedding March as the processional.

The bride, who was escorted to the altar by her uncle, Lewis BROWN of Boonville, Ind., wore a white chiffon gown with tight shirred bodice, very full, floor length skirt. She carried a corsage of white rose buds. Miss Virginia ADCOCK, maid of honor; Mertice SHANE was best man, and Leslie BROWN, uncle of the brides, served as groomsman.

A reception followed the ceremony. The three tiered wedding cake was topped with a small candle, and decorations of the dining room were in white and pink flowers. After a short wedding trip the couple will be at home to friends at 610 E. Oregon Street. The bride and groom are graduates of the Lincoln high school and are quite popular among the young social set of the city. The groom is a well known athlete, having been named as one of the best softball pitchers of the city. He plays with the Johnican All-Stars, leagued leader. Among the out-of-town guests present were Mr. and Mrs. Edmond BROWN, Mrs. Bertha McFARLAND, Miss Cecelia and Essie McFARLAND, and Lewis BROWN, all of Boonville, Ind. There were representatives from 5 generations of the BROWN family present at the wedding namely: mother, Mrs. Mary BROWN, daughter, Mrs. Lucy MOSS, granddaughter, Mrs. Bertha MCFARLAND, great-granddaughter, Mrs. Myrtie GREEN; great-great-granddaughter, Jeanette SHIRLEY.

After I'd typed this up to send in as a submission to the blog, I decided to see if I could locate this family. Well, I did and you know what I learned? That Mrs. Jackson died August 1st and on the same day that I was at Willard photocopying the description of her wedding, her obituary notice was published in the Evansville Courier-Press (see it here). Mrs. Jackson was 91 years old at the time of her death and was living in St. Louis, Missouri. I found her full obituary at ObitsArchive and was able to confirm this was indeed her husband Charles is mentioned and it is noted in the obituary that she was born in Boonville, Indiana. Her full obituary mentions other family members. Maybe I can find some of them and provide them with the newspaper article. I think Luella wanted this found, don't you?

- Submitted by Taneya Koonce

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