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The New York herald. [volume] (New York, N.Y.) 1920-1924, May 14, 1922, SECTION SEVEN, Image 91

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Mayor Bader of
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they came to land,
were the former
Marie E. O'Keefe and
Frank J. Fisher, IPii
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Howard T. Detwiler.
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Mr. and Mrs. "'8!sg>'w!M5?U<?
Albert P. Schlafke,
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Bert Acoita, the pilot.
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WHEN Miss Marie O'Keefe and i
Frank Fisher of Brooklyn and
Miss Emma Cassady and Howard
Detwiler of Philadelphia recently
were married in the ocean, off Atlantic
City, the ceremony was the only one of
its kind ever performed. The entire i
wedding party was clad in specially de- i
signed safety suits that enabled them to t
bob about like sea gulls as the heavy <
swells came rolling in. Misses Margaret j
O'Keefe and Mary Eagle were the brides- ]
maids, while Mayor Edward L. Bader of i
Atlantic City swam out into the ocean to ]
give the brides away. City Recorder Clar- j
ence L. Goldenberg performed the unique i
ceremony as thousands of persons lined ]
the pier, the beach and the Boardwalk, '
with their marine glasses trained on the i
unusual happening, while movie cameras
clicked off their pictorial version of the
affair from boats anchored near by. The
principals were more calm than the waves
that continually dashed shoreward, and
those on the Boardwalk knew that the
ceremony had concluded when the flower
girl swam around and scattered roses on
the water.
Just three days before this sea wedding
Miss Sarah Cockefalr and Albert P.
Schlafke were the principals In the latest
airplane ceremony. They were married
by the "Flying Parson," the Rev. Bclvln
W. Maynard, while 5,000 feet above Hazelhurst
Field, Mlneola, I. Radia tele-*
phones and amplifiers enabled those on
the field below to hear every word of the
service. After the ceremony was over
Pastor Ma.vnard donned his leather coat
"and helmet, pointed the nose of his five
passenger Fokker northward and soon
landed the newlyweds at their camp in
the Adlrondacks, where the honeymoon
was spent.
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which united Miss Milly K. Srhaefferand
Lieut. Oeorge S. Burgess on July 26,
1919, as they flew above Sheepshead Bay
Speedway while the Police Department
Held days were being celebrated. More
than 200,000 persons witnessed this ceremony.
that also featured the first use of P
the amplifier to broadcast the words sent ^
sut to the vast throng. However, the am- ^
pllfler was then so crude?think of it, 81
ess than three years ago~that only those (
tiearest to it could hear anything. The la
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bride and brideirroom circled nround in one '
ilano, while the minister, the Rev. Alex- ir
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inder Wouters, and the best man, Lieut.
Eugene H. Bnrksdale. were in another. f(
Die contracting words were easily heard el
t>y Gov. Smith and Mayor Hylan, also 8
;hirty-tVvo members of the bridal party,
vho had wireless telephone receivers. U
Dr. Wouters conducted the entire service "
>y radio as the two airplanes circled the
field.
Atlantic city was the scene of the first
lenplane wedding. On October 30, 1920, ^
drs. Louisa I' Wolf became the wife of ^
Samuel L. lister In the cabin of a sea>lane
which was gliding down toward ti
he water from a height of 3.000 feet. The e<
)ilot had stopped the motor so that its ,f
loise would not interfere with the cere- *
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nonv In th#> cabin irnl had rolnlancd to
within 1,000 f#?et when the Mr flying pi
mat's siren signalled that the service wns bi
>ver. City Recorder Clarence L. OoldenCA
>erg, who officiated at the recent safety a|
lult ocean wedding, also performed this ^
Irst seaplane ceremony, while Mayor Ed- n
vard I* Bader was the first person to 1?
'ongratulate the bride and bridegroom m
ifter the plane had taxied to the heach. !
Miss Louise Brickley and Oeorge Orr. ot
i chief petty officer in the United States T
s'avy, won distinction by their wedding ui
iboard a motor boat in Ambrose Channel ft
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>ieut. Burgess on the previous Jay, they
oarded the motor boat Tschuma and
liled down to the middle of Ambrose
hannel, where they were met by Chaplin
Charles L. Marks of the United
tates Navy In a navy gig. After cllmblg
Into the tossing motor boat Chaplain
[arks performed the marriage ceremony
>r Miss Brickley and Mr. Orr, as the
atlre wedding party clung to every availhie
projection to avoid being thrown
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rown and Mrs. C. L. Bruno were best
ian and matron of honor.
Passing on from sea and sky weddings
1b found that old mother earth has had
ore than her share of odd marriage cerelonies.
The only transcontinental mar
age ever performed was that of Mrs.
larle J. West, in Denver, and James A.
[orne, a Denver inventor, on a business
dp in New York. The Rev. O. E. Ander>n,
at the Denver end of a long distance
dephone, conducted the service, and
hen the time ranie for the presentation
[ the ring a fflend, who had acted as
le best man, became the bridegroom's
roxjr and slipped the gold hand on the
ride's finger.
Bedloes Inland had Its first wedding
?remony when Miss Francos Dunham
nd Cheater C. Williams were married at
ie base of the Statue of Liberty on the
Ight of December 16. 1920. The arc
imps that flood the bane of the monulent
furnished Illumination for the series.
which took place on the terrace just
itelde America's huge emblem of liberty,
he contracting parties also had the annual
experience of having procured the
rat marriage license ever Issued to a
isldent of the reservation, the bride
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having made her home with her sinter,
the wife of Lieut. H. Paddock, stationed
at Fort Wood. Mrs. Paddock acted as
bridesmaid. The Rev. Edmund D. Smith,
chaplain at Governors Island, officiated In
this unique ceremony, which took away
the single liberty of both participants as
the Statue of Liberty towered above them.
Miss Evelina Simon and James Ver
planck bad visited the Arizona reservading,
the ritual of the Navajo Indians
being used. This peculiar marriage
custom requires that the bride and bridegroom
cat cornmeal mush, which signifies
that they shall be together whenever they
eat throughout their lives. The mush
eating preceded the Unitarian marriage
ceremony, used to tie the legal knot. Several
montliB before the wedding Mr. Verplanck
had visited the Arizona reservation
of the Navajo Indians and became
interested in the qunint marriage they
observe. From this came the idea for
the cornmeal eating at his own nuptials,
to which his prospective bride willingly
agreed.
What is claimed to he the nrst wedding
to take place in an oil service station had
Portland, Ore., as its location. Miss Verna
Tompkins and Edwin Nelsen stood among
the oil cans and heard the Rpv. T. H.
Gallagher read the marital traffic laws
that would govern them during the rest
of ttielr lives. The whole thing came
about because M. H. Wilson, uncle of the
bride, -could not leave his position as
tender of the station and insisted that ho
must see the ceremony. Mrs. Wilson
attended the bride, while Clyde Tompkins.
brother of the bride, was the bridegroom's
mechanician. After the service
was over the Rev. Gallagher warned the
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newlyweds to always heed the rules of
the road In their tour along life's highway.
and the young couple happily announced
that they would park In an
apartment until they could find a cottage
built for two out In the suburbs
Vn??r V'nrlr hnu iriu Pfifi crou nmnnir
persons of different nationalities, but the
bride and groom understand each other
enough to avoid the use of an Interpreter.
Yet, when an Italnln liner docked at the
foot of West Fifty-seventh street October
28, 1920, Miss Anita Madalena 8aItalo,
in lieu of words, was waving a tiny
handkerchief and throwing kisses to
William B. Gllhen. who had come to
meet her. Mr. Oilben, a rancher, of
Miles City. Mont., had met Miss Sahalo
in Milan four years previously and had
sent for her to come to America and
marry him. Neither could understand
the other, but they ordered a taxi and
went to the Municipal Building, where
they were married by City Clerk Michael
Cruise. An Interpreter from the Marriage
Bureau came to the rescue and
repeated each word of the ceremony In
botn rcngiisn ana Italian, arter wnicn
the Blxty-nlne-vesr-old groom and his
twenty-elx-> ear-old bride left the room
hand In hand, hound for Grand Central
Station to catch the first train for MUes
City.
Not long ago Hugo, Okla., had the flrat
wedding that ever took place In the
city Jail. Maggie Bailey, arrested on a
vagrancy charge and confined in the Jail
because she could not pay a fine, was
married to M, F. York, who then paid
the amount necessary to release his
bride The ceremony was performed by
the Rev. Stroud, while two policemen
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Arthur Quincji
the California author,
landing with hit bride, who
was Miss Lfemim nearern
of Kansas City,
from a seaplane in which they
were married twenty miles
out over the ocean by
Capt. Anderson, the pilot,
who exercised his authority as a
"master mariner in command
at sea." Below is
the Statue of Liberty as
maid of honor at the
night wedding of
Chester Wadsworth Williams,
an overseas veteran, and
Frances Charlotte Dunham.
Chaplain E. Banks Smith
of Governors Island
performed, the ceremony,
reading the service by the light
from Liberty's torch.
end inmates of the Jail furnished a number
of witnesses to this most unusual
service. Just a week previously Wheeling,
W. Va? had a marriage in its Criminal
Court room. The groom was William
J. Elliot, who was being held on a
robbery charge, but hie tiancee believed
so strongly in hi8 innocence that she
consented to the performance of the
ceremony while he was still a prisoner.
Both the prosecuting and the defense at
torneys were witnesses as the prisoner
and his bride stood in the position that
he would occupy at the trial, while the
minister stepped up into the judge's
bench and conducted the service.
On May 22, 1920, the rose room of the
Plaza Hotel furnished. New York with an
unusual wedding, at which the bride used
the sword of the groom to cut the wedding
cake. The principals were Miss
Helen Wilcox and Major John F. Corby.
After the Rev. William B. Martin had
pronounced them man and wife the bridal
pair marched under an arch of swords,
held by the best man and a number of
ushers. .lust a year later In Middletown,
N. Y., another bride cut the wedding cake
with a sword that had been carried by
the groom's father and later by the groom
during their service in the navy. The
bride. Miss Caroline Seward, wore the
dress in which her grandmother was
wedded and the ceremony was performed
in the same room where the bride's
mother took her marriage vows.
Even an automobile accident could not
frustrate the wedding plans of Miss Henrietta
flreenberg and Jack S. Diamond.
About 7 o'clock on tho night of February
12 the happy party was on its way to
meet Rabbi Salig at Temple Adath Israel,
wiien uie uik lucium car smuueu anu ,
dashed Into an elevated pillar. The stf-en
occupants were cut by glass, hut an ambulance
aurgeon soon reached them and
after taking six stitches In the brh'e's
cheek, bandaging the groom's ha 4 and
patching up the minor injuries of the
others he calmly announced that the wedding
could take place in a few days. Rut
bcth the bride and groom insisted that
the ceremony be performed as planned,
so the rabbi was telephoned to wait a few
minutes, another car was secured and the
wedding soon went through without a
hitch while comparatively few New York
ers were aware of this marriage that Just
wouldn't be postponed.

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