Iowa Old Press
The Maurice Times,
January 6, 1911
Wm. Mieras, who has been sick for some time, is convalescing and will
soon be able to be around again.
January 7, 1911
Beginning Sunday January eighth the Interurban Telephone Company will give
all day Sunday service. This means that the telephone office will be open on
Sundays same as any other day in the week.
The Hansen-Mousel, Konz-Mousel double wedding of next Tuesday is set for
eight o’clock sharp. This is an unusual event—the first ceremony of this
kind to be performed in Alton.
Mrs. Hutchinson returned from Sioux City Monday evening. The Hutchinsons
had been guests at the Chas. Donovan home. Judge Hutchinson went to
Cherokee from there to hold court.
The Maurice Times, January 13, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Brink, Mrs. L. Mieras and two daughters, and J. P.
Hopp were passengers to Orange City Monday morning.
January 14, 1911
WEDDING BELLS ARE RINGING
At St. Mary’s church at eight o’clock on Tuesday morning, January tenth,
occurred an unusual event—a double wedding ceremony. Very Rev. F. J. Brune
officiated at the solemn ceremonies of the Catholic church which united Leo
J. Hansen and Miss Katharine Mousel and also Math Konz and Miss Anna Mousel
in the holy bonds of matrimony. A host of friends of the young people
attended the services—the first double wedding ceremony that was solemnized
in St. Mary’s.
Miss Katharine Mousel was attended by Miss Teresa Mousel. Miss Susan Mousel
attended Miss Anna Mousel. Both brides were elegantly gowned in white
mesaline, and the bridesmaids looked pretty in their costumes of lavender
sousienne. Mr. Hansen was supported by Mike Hansen, and John Konz acted as
best man for Mr. Konz.
Immediately after the ceremony, the bridal couples left for the Mousel home
seven miles southeast of Alton, where a wedding breakfast was served. The
Mousel home had been tastily decorated—bridal roses and carnations having
been used in profusion. Mr. and Mrs. Mousel kept open house all day and
evening, friends were coming and going constantly. The young people were
showered with gifts—beautiful as well as useful.
The young people hardly need an introduction to the community. The three
families—Mousel, Hansen and Konz—are prominent and foremost in this
community. They are old settlers, have gone through the hardships of
pioneering, and are now enjoying the fruits of their labors. The three
families are very well to do and their farms are among the best in this
section of the country. The brides have been at home, helping their mother.
They are thoroughly qualified to take charge of their new duties. The
grooms have both been engaged in farming, helping their fathers. They will
now go to farming for themselves, well trained and with all the
qualifications to make good.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Hansen will farm near Dell Rapids, South Dakota, and Mr.
and Mrs. Math Konz will operate a farm near Granville.
The young folks gathered at the Mousel home in large numbers in the evening
and had a merry time. The following out of town relatives and friends
attended the festivities: John Mousel, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; Mr.
and Mrs. John Beck, Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbst and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore
Sudtelgte, of Remsen; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hourscht (sic Houtsma?) and
children, of Windom, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mayers, Mrs. J. P.
Tentinger and Mr. and Mrs. Charley Mayers of Oyens, Iowa; Mrs. Hazel and
Misses Margaret and Maud St. John, of LeMars; Mrs. Mich, Mr. and Mrs. Ben
Plathe Jr., Joe and Peter Klein, and Mr. and
Mrs. Peter Croat, of Granville; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wagner and Mr. and Mrs.
John Klein, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; Andy Wagner of Ralph, South
Dakota; Mike Allen of Orient, South Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. John Burkel of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pete Hoffman of White Lake, South Dakota; Martin
Hoffman of Alta Vista, Iowa; and Barney and Miss Sophia Kramer of Lismore,
The marriage of Miss Clara Goetzinger and Leon Schmitz took place yesterday
morning at half past eight in St. Joseph’s church in the presence of
numerous friends and relatives. The nuptial mass was celebrated by Rev.
Father F. X. Feuerstein. The young people were attended by Miss Caroline
Kaschmitter of Alton and Fred Doetz of Sioux City, who acted as bridesmaid
and best man. The bride looked charming in a tailor made traveling suit of
navy blue, with hat and gloves to match. Following the ceremony, the wedding
party drove to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Math Welter on Howard street, where
they received the congratulations of their friends. A wedding breakfast in
four courses was served and the remainder of the day was spent in
celebrating the happy event. The young people received a large number of
pretty and useful presents, among them some beautiful silverware from a
number of young men associated in a club of which Mr. Schmitz is a member.
The young people left on the evening train for a visit in Chicago. They
have not fully determined where they will make their home. The bride is a
daughter of Mrs. Math Welter, and is a popular young woman with many friends
here and in Alton, at which places she has made her home. Mr. Schmitz is a
painter and decorator and has been employed with local firms here for some
time. He is an artist at his work and is very popular, having made many
friends during his residence in LeMars. –LeMars Sentinel.
At the home of the parents of the bride, two and a half miles southwest of
Boyden, on Wednesday, January fourth, occurred the wedding of John Peter
Lutjens and Miss Maria Katherine Rhode. The ceremony was performed by Rev.
Baetke of the German Lutheran church at three p.m., in the presence of
relatives. The bride was elegantly gowned in white silk and was supported
by Miss Bertha Lutjens. Henry Rhode supported the groom.
A reception was held at the bride’s home immediately after the ceremony, and
the guests sat down to a dainty wedding luncheon at five.
The parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lutjens, reside three miles
north of Boyden and are prominent people and successful farmers. The groom
has been engaged in farming for himself in Sheridan township and is a
progressive and energetic young man. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Rhode, who reside two and a half miles northwest of Boyden. The
Rhodes have also made farming a success and the bride has been her mother’s
helper and is therefore fully qualified for her new duties. The young
people will go to housekeeping on a farm in Sheridan township.
January 21, 1911
We received a communication this week correcting a statement made in
DEMOCRAT of a previous issue. The DEMOCRAT stated that the Hansen-Mousel and
Konz-Mousel double wedding was the first double wedding performed in St.
Mary’s church. The letter admits that it was the first double wedding in
the new church but states that twenty-three years ago—February seventh,
1888—occurred the marriage of Peter Schnee and Miss Katie Eulberg, Greg
Umhoefer and Miss Emma Schnee. Rev. Father Luehrsman performed the
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