The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, November 30, 1905
One of the prettiest home weddings that has occurred in Chariton for many months took place last evening, Nov. 29, 1905, at the residence of the bride's father, DR. J.A. MCKLVEEN, on the corner of Main Street and Linden Avenue, when his daughter, MISS JESSIE MCKLVEEN, was united in marriage to MR. HUGH HENDERSON CRAIG of Keokuk. Promptly at eight o'clock to the strains of Lohengrin's wedding march, executed by the bride's cousin, MRS. EDNA HENDERSON, the bridal party entered the parlors and stood in front of the mantle which was banked with white chrysanthemums, ferns and smilax, while Rev. W.S. McCullagh, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, performed the impressive ceremony, the ring service being used. The couple were unattended and the bride was given away by her father. About 125 guests were present, and all were relatives or close friends of the contracting parties. The bride was attired in a beautiful gown of white radium silk with lace trimmings, over white chiffon taffeta silk, and carried a bouquet of bride's roses. Preceding the ceremony L.H. Busselle sang DeKoven's "Past and Present." After congratulations had been proffered, a two-course luncheon was served.
The bride was born and reared in Chariton and is one of our most refined and accomplished young ladies. She graduated from our public schools in the spring of 1892 and then entered Parsons College at Fairfield, graduating from that institution in 1896. For several years she was Latin instructor in our public schools and gave excellent satisfaction. She is a member of the Entre Nous Club and has been prominent in social circles. She has been admired and esteemed by all who know her and all regret that her home is no longer to be in our midst.
The groom is not an entire stranger here, having visited in Chariton many times. He is city attorney at Keokuk where he was born and grew to manhood. He and his bride were classmates at Parsons College. In fraternal circles MR. CRAIG is one of the most prominent members of the order of Elks and Knights of Pythias. He enjoys the distinction, too, of being district deputy grand exalted ruler of the Elks for the southern district of Iowa. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word and is in every way worthy of his charming bride.
The Leader joins the innumerable friends of the worthy couple in extending congratulations and trusts that their wedded life may be attended with pleasant environments and that fortune may smile on them all the way.
Among the out of town guests at the wedding were the groom's mother and sister, Mrs. Alice R. Craig and daughter Bertha of Keokuk; also his cousin, John F. Craig of the same city; Mrs. Fred Waight of Peoria, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Altona of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Webster Hancox of Indianola; Mrs. H.W. Elliott and daughter Anna of Russell.