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Letters to the Editor

Wedding item from 1893 is rather quaint

I would like to share with your readers and staff the text of an old clipping I found stapled to the title page of my great-grandmother’s Bible.

Her name was Louisa Wolf. She married George Munz on Nov. 25, 1893. They lived on the Munz farm north of Sterling. I thought you and your readers would be interested in the quaint writing style used in the report of their wedding. I’ve added a few notes.

“At Christ (pronounced Chris with a “t” on the end, nickname for Christian) Wolf’s fine home in Jordan (township) … a goodly crowd gathered to do honor to the wedded couple, who are so favorably known. The snow had ceased and the tinkling of sleigh bells announced the arrival of the guests. In they came, happy and cold, and were soon busily exchanging greetings and absorbing comfort from the fires that glowed up stairs and down.

“At eight o’clock, Rev. Erieman of West Jordan Church (now First Lutheran Church of Jordan) faced Miss Louisa Wolf, daughter of the house, and Mr. George Muntz (the correct spelling is Munz), a young and well-to-do neighboring farmer, and pronounced them husband and wife. The refreshments that followed were elaborate, and the gifts to the newly wedded ones numerous and elegant, testifying to the high regard entertained for them by their friends.

“The bride has lived off and on in Sterling, and both have many local friends. The families are both Gazette readers, and it seems like speaking to one’s own when we wish them prosperity.”

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