Below is a photo (the top one) of my Grandparents (on the right) and another unidentified couple. (Sorry about
the quality it is a very, very tiny photo blown up). It looks like two brides in white, with huge bouquets. We
thought it was a double wedding (big mystery!)....but it is NOT. Here's why.
A copy of the news article on the day my grandparents, Corrinne EVANS & Raymond MARTIN, were married (Nov. 12, 1919)
described the bride's dress as: a smart suit of brown silvertone, with gloves and boots of
brown suede. Her hat was a picture shape of brown panne velvet, trimmed with sand-colored plumes.
She carried a shower bouquet of pink roses. Miss MARPLE <Esther MARPLE was the bridesmaid> wore a suit
of Burgundy with a large black velvet hat. She carried an arm bouquet of sunburst roses.
With that description I found a photo (bottom photo) that is most likely the real wedding photo of my grandparents,
with best man and bridesmaid. Assume the bride (Corrinne) has removed her brown jacket, hat & gloves to hug
her bridesmaid... her skirt is definitely a dark color. This was a framed matted picture so is most likely their wedding
day. I have another photo of the bridesmaid, Esther MARPLE, which matches the description in the news article,
too (posted in the right column).
All of which, leaves the one mystery of the Double Wedding NOT picture...is it a wedding and who is the couple on the
|Top Photo looks like a double wedding. It's NOT
|L-R: Carol GROVES, Raymond B. MARTIN (groom); Corrinne EVANS (bride), Esther MARPLE
Note: The Best Man in the photo above with my grandfather was named as Carol GROVES. Here is the full text
of the wedding in detail from the newspaper:
The Springfield (O.) Daily News, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1919, Page 8 (Society)
A pretty autumn wedding was solemnized Wednesday forenoon at 11:45 o'clock, in the Central Methodist Episcopal church
when Miss Frances Corrine EVANS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. EVANS of 1801 West Main street, and Raymond B. MARTIN,
son of Mrs. Anna MARTIN of 414 South Western Avenue, were united in marriage. Rev. Dr. W. A. WIANT, district superintendent
of the Methodist Episcopal church, read the service, the single ring ceremony being used. He was assisted by Rev. Dr. J. P.
SIMMONDS, of Urbana. Palms and ferns decorated the chancel of the church, while the altar was banked with the greenery.
A tall art basket of white chrysanthemums was placed at the center of the altar. Preceding the nuptial hour, Miss Marley
JOHNSON gave a program of organ numbers, assisted by Mrs. J. P. SIMMONDS, soloist, of Urbana. Miss JOHNSON first played
"Meditation", (Sturges), followed by," To a Wild Rose" (MacDowell). Mrs. SIMMONDS sang most impressively "At Dawning"
(Cadman), "I Love You Truly" (Carrie Jacobs Bond), and "Oh Promise Me" (DeKoven). During the plighting of the troth, Miss
JOHNSON played softly, "Call Me Thine Own" (Hallezy).
As Miss JOHNSON played the opening strains of the ever beautiful Lohengrin wedding march the bridal party approached
the altar. The bride, and her bridesmaid, Miss Esther MARPLE, came down the left aisle, walking together. The bridegroom
and Carol GROVES, the best man, advanced down the right aisle. The bride wore a smart suit of brown silvertone, with
gloves and boots of brown suede. Her hat was a picture shape of brown panne velvet, trimmed with sand - colored plumes. She
carried a shower bouquet of pink roses. Miss MARPLE wore a suit of Burgundy with a large black velvet hat. She
carried an arm bouquet of sunburst roses.
The ushers were: Bruce GOINGS, and Lawrence FERRIS, brother-in- law of the bridegroom.
After the ceremony, a wedding breakfast was served in the peacock dining room of the Hotel Bancroft. Mr.
and Mrs. MARTIN left later in the day for a honeymoon trip to various points of interest in Ohio and Pennsylvania. On
their return in two weeks, they will make their home with the bride's parents.
The bride is a Charming young girl of lovely personality. She is popular musical circles, she being the possessor
of a sweet soprano voice.
Mr. MARTIN is prominent in athletics in Springfield. He is employed as mechanical draughtsman for The American
Seeding Machine Company. Both Mr. MARTIN and his bride have a large circle of friends here who wish them much happiness