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This Marriage was contributed by: Kay

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1899 dawned bright and clear. The day was warm and sunshiny, not a cloud hung in the sky. Two young people at least were glad of this. It was their wedding day and they liked to think of this as a hopeful sign of a bright and serene future. It was the day on which Katherine F. Phalen plighted her troth to Benjamin F. Butler and they were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. Two lives hitherto spent apart merged and the twain were made one, both, henceforward to share a common lot. The bride is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phalen, and the groom the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Butler, both residents of the town of Mitchell (Sheboygan county). Shortly after nine o'clock the wedding march commenced and the bridal party proceeded up the aisle of St. Michael's church. The bride, attired in a gown of cream silk lansdowne and carried a bouquet of bridal roses, was on the arm of the groom; while the bride's sister, Miss Margaret Phalen acting as brides maid was attired in white organdie and carried a bouquet of sweet peas. She came in on the arm of the groom's brother and best man, Edward Butler. A large party of invited guests assembled to witness the marriage. Together at the altar their most solemn vows were pledged and the words which made them man and wife were pronounced by Rev. B.J. Burke of Cascade, who immediately following celebrated the nuptial Mass and pronounced the blessing upon the worthy pair. Although we are accustomed to associate the thoughts of joy and mirth with wedding days there is something (?) (sole)mnity of the occasion, which rarely omits to arouse our more serious thoughts and tinge our heart with sadness. When fond friends gathered around to offer best wishes and congratulations, there were faces wreathed in tears and lids on which a tear drop trembled.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at the home of the bride's parents and about sixty guests sat down to a pretty wedding dinner. The house was artistically trimmed with green asparagus and festoons of wild (Article cut off)

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