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MURPHY, William J. - PHALEN, Margaret Ruth



Mr. Murphy, A Member Of The Police Force Of Milwaukee, And Mr. Cheany, A Plumber Of West Allis, A Suburb Of Milwaukee - One Wedding Tuesday, The Other Wednesday.

Wednesday morning, Oct. 24, St. Michael's Church, Mitchell, was the scene of a most solemn event in the lives of two young people. At. 9 o'clock a wedding party arrived there, for the day had come on which Margaret Ruth, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phalen, and William J., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Murphy, were to plight their troth and from henceforth take each other for better or worse. The sky was overcast and rain fell during the morning, but just as the solemn vows were taken and Rev. B. J. Burke pronounced the words which made the couple man and wife, the sun, as if smiling approval of the happy union, broke through the clouds casting its shining rays into the sanctuary resting as it were in benediction upon the heads of the little group assembled there.

The bride's cousin, Miss Margaret Reilly. was maid of honor and the bridesmaid was Miss Katherine V. Lindsay. The groom was attended by his brother Henry Murphy of Milwaukee, while E.W. Lindsay of Milwaukee acted as groomsman. The choir consisted of Mrs. N. Pesch and the Misses Margaret Stokes and Mamie Phalen. The wedding march was "Hearts and Flowers." The bride looked charming in a creation of chiffon and lace over white silk. She wore a bridal veil and carried a white prayer book. The dresses of the bridesmaids were of white silk mull and their bouquets of white roses and fern leaves.

After the ceremony at the church about sixty relatives of the contracting parties assembled at the home of the bride's parents, The house was decorated with autumn leaves. Dinner and Supper were served. The day was happily spent in conversation, music and singing. Invitations were issued to the H.H. Club of which the bride was a member. All but two were present, one being Miss Martha Brogan, who was married the day before.

Among the guests there were three sets of twins, the groom's sister and brother Kathryn and Henry Murphy, his cousins, Margaret and Catherine Dwyer, and the bride's little nephews, Bernard and Benjamin Butler.

B.H. Dingman, the Plymouth artist took pictures of the immediate wedding party and of the crowd.

Some of the fun loving guests thought it would be a good joke to give the couple a mock charivari, so collecting all the available tin ware, sleigh bells, and cow bells, they got in front of the house and serenaded them in a most strenuous manner.

The bride received some beautiful gifts of silver, fifty-eight pieces in all, china and linen, a handsome white leather purse, and $131 in money.

About midnight a hack from Holzschuh & O'Connell livery took the happy couple to Plymouth from where they started on a brief wedding trip. After Nov. 1, they will be at home at 575 Eighteenth St., Milwaukee.

The groom has lived in Milwaukee during the past four years and since last February has been in the police force of that city.

The bride was graduated from Plymouth High school with the class of 1900, having ranked among the best in the class. Since then she has taught school successfully, it being her aim to infuse her pupils with the habits of industry and a love for study. She is possessed to quite a degree of artistic talent, having won several premiums at the county fair in the art and needlework departments. The groom is a good type of model manhood, amiable and genial, but sound and wholesome. A most commendable fact is that he has been strictly temperate always.

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