The wedding of Miss. Lillian Alverda DeKalb, second daughter of Dr. and Mrs. B.D. DeKalb, and Dr. Henry Bennett McKlveen, of Coin, was celebrated yesterday at 12:30 o'clock p.m., at the elegant country home of the bride's parents at DeKalb. The wedding was one of the most notable and brilliant society events of the year in southern Iowa, and the guests were from all over Chariton, special trains being run over the C.B. & Q. from Chariton, the H. & S. from Humeston and the D.M. & K.C. from Leon to accommodate the wedding guests. 175 invitations were issued and about 125 guests were present.
The ceremony was performed in the west parlor by the Reverend B.E. Utz, Pastor of the Des Moines Christian Church, the wedding party being preceeded into the room by two little boys and two tiny girls, carrying white satin ribbons, forming an aisle through which they passed to a position between the two south windows, under a lace canopy from which was suspended a lover's knot of smilax. Mr. W.W. Thompson, of Centerville rendered Mendlessohn's Wedding March on the piano.
The beautiful bride was dressed in pure white Dutchess satin en train, with pearl trimmings, short puffed sleeves with suede gloves reaching to the shoulder, and white satin slippers. Her only ornaments were lillies of the valley.
The bridesmaid was Miss. Helene R. DeKalb, sister of the bride, who wore a becoming costume of sea foam green crepe over satin of the same shade, with short sleeves, and suede gloves, and slippers to match. She carried pink tea roses.
The groom was attended by Mr. J.E. Lockwood, of Chariton, as best man.
Immediately after the ceremony, an elaborate wedding breakfast was served in the dining rooms, the menu consisting of venison, turkey, cold ham, salads, fruits of all kinds, etc. The tables were beautifully arranged in an open square, in the center of which was a large orange tree, heavily ladened with ripened fruit. In the bride's cake had been placed a gold ring, and Miss. Helene DeKalb, the bridesmaid, was the fortunate one who found the ring in her piece of cake. The old saying is that the one who finds the ring will be the next one married.
The presents were elaborate and costly.
The happy couple left on the 2:13 train for Coin, where the groom has a cozy home all furnished and ready to go to housekeeping. They will be "at home" to their friends after January 15, 1895.
The bride is a beautiful and accomplished young lady, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. B.D. DeKalb, one of the wealthiest and most respected families of southern Iowa. She was born at DeKalb, and graduated with honors at Humeston Normal College.
The groom comes from one of the first families of Chariton, being the eldest son of Dr. J.A. McKlveen, one of the leading physicians of the state. He graduated with high honors from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago, and has established a fine practice at Coin, where he located.
Leon Reporter-Iowa December 27, 1894
*The Leon Reporter was also published on Thursdays.