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Marriages & Engagements > 1950 - Marilyn Ann Peterson & Eldon Hollis Fritsch

Submitted by Melva Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
August 7, 1950 - Monday, pg. 7, col. 1
Tampico Nuptial Unites Marilyn Ann Peterson, Eldon Hollis Fritsch
Miss Marilyn Ann Peterson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Peterson, and Eldon Hollis Fritsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fritsch, were united in marriage Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Tampico Methodist church.  The Rev. Hollis Wharton of the Walnut Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Henry Austin of the Tampico church, read the double ring ceremony before the altar decorated with baskets of roses and white gladioli at the rail and the altar vases to match.  White tapers were in tall seven-branch candelabra.  White bows marked the pews.  The candles were lit by the bride's brother, Gary Fritsch.
The prelude of wedding music was by Miss Juanita Pratt who played the traditional wedding marches and accompanied Archie Yarde, jr., who sang, "Because,"  "I Love You Truly" and the "Lord's Prayer," as the couple were kneeling.
The maid of honor was Miss Barbara Wharton, close friend of the bride, and the best man was Billy Fritsch, brother of the bridegroom.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.  She wore a white imported rayon marquisette gown styled with a fitted bodice, ruffle of of the material around the yoke and fastened down the back with tiny buttons.  The long sleeves came to a point over the hands.  A full skirt with ruffles giving a bustle effect, had a long train trimmed with a ruffle of the material.  She wore a fingertip veil of rayon marquisette trimmed with lace and falling from a band of pearls.  The bride's rhinestone and turquoise necklace was a gift of the bridegroom.  She carried a yellow-throated white Bible.  The Bible was a gift of her grandmother, Mrs. Rose Carlson.
The bridesmaid wore a floor length green organdy gown with short sleeves, and a hoop skirt trimmed with black bows.  Her white bead necklace was a gift of the bride.  In her bouquet were white carnations.
The bride's mother wore a black and white print with white jacket with black accessories and pink aster corsage.  Her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rose Carlson wore a green and white print with tan accessories and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Hansen Jacobson, wore a flowered jersey with black accessories and white carnations.  The bridegroom's mother appeared in a navy and white dress with navy and white accessories and his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Fritsch, wore navy blue.  Both had white carnation corsages.
The ushers were Stanley Peterson, the bride's brother, and Laurence Calsyn, a friend. All the men in the wedding party wore white carnation boutonnieres.
The bride's book was in charge of Miss Neva Rosene, friend of the bride.
Reception in Parlors
A reception was held following the wedding in the church parlors, decorated with white wedding bells and green streamers in a canopy at the foot of the stairs and baskets of garden flowers.  The serving table was covered with a white cloth and in front of the table were green petals in the center with streamers of green festooned the length of the table.  The centerpiece was a crystal bowl of gladioli surrounded by fern and gladioli.  Two branch crystal candelabra on either side held white tapers.  Bows of green satin ribbon on the candelabra had streamers extending to the corners of the table.  There were sprays of gladioli at either end of the table.  The napkins were green inscribed with "Ann and Audy" and the date in gold.  Green and white streamers from a cluster of green and white bells formed a background.
The guest tables were covered with a white cloth and had centerpieces of garden flowers and green candles in crystal holders.
In the center of the bride's table was a three tier wedding cake decorated with white roses and green leaves and topped with a bridal couple. After the bridal couple made the initial cut the cake was served by Miss Mary Lancaster, a friend, and the waitresses were Miss Donna Fritsch, the bridegroom's sister;  Miss Betty Hollis, cousin and Miss Caroline Beachler, a friend.  They wore green and white aprons, gifts of the bride.  Assisting in the kitchen were Mrs. Harold Carlson, Mrs. Cecil Frank, Mrs. Carl Hasselman, Mrs. George Stevens, Mrs. Gid Love.  In charge of decorating was Mrs. Chris Rasmussen.  The hostess was Mrs. George Stickle.
The gift table was covered in white and trimmed in green with streamers of green and white and wedding bells in the background.  Miss Barbara Cordes and Miss Joann Rasmussen was in charge of the many lovely gifts.
Graduate At Tampico
The bride and bridegroom were both graduated from the Tampico high school with the class of 1948.  The bride for the past two years has been employed as bookkeeper at the Simpson-Powelson Lumber Co. in Tampico, where she intends to continue her work.  The bridegroom is working with Harold Carlson as a carpenter.
The bridal couple left on a wedding trip south. She was wearing a navy blue sheer with blue and white accessories and an orchid.  Upon their return after August 14, they will reside in the home they have purchased and furnished.
Guests from out of town were, Mr. and Mrs. James F. Johnson and Mrs. George Jacobsen of Walnut, Mrs. Julian Jacobsen and David of New Bedford, Mrs. Wilbur King of Manlius, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Carlson of Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brandau and Kathy of Yorktown, Leonrd Peterson and Donald,  Mrs. Rich Misel, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hollis and Betty of Rock Falls;  Mr. and Mrs. Fay Fletcher of DePue, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Fletcher of Princeton, Mrs. Charles Fiorino of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Olds, Miss Zoe Fletcher and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Odell of Wyanet;  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cowley, jr., of Dixon;  Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nelson of Hillsdale and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rasmussen and family of Sterling.

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