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Brides Of An April Day 1890

  The Church of the Messiah, at Thirty-fourth Street and Park Avenue, was the scene yesterday afternoon of a brilliant wedding, that of Miss Viola Sophia Hawkins, daughter of Mrs. Dexter Hawkins, and John Allen Townsend, son of Richard H. Townsend. The church was filled long before the hour set for the ceremony with the friends of both families, who were escorted to their seats by Edwin Townsend, brother of the groom, B.B. Valentine, Clarence Goadby, and Clinton Falls. The church was decorated with palms and plants and the altar was banked with Azaleas and white lilacs. The pastor, the Rev. Dr. Robert Collyer, officiated. Eugene Goadby was best man, and he and the ushers wore handsome pearl pins in their scarf's, the gifts of the groom.

The bride, who was given away by her brother, Eugene D. Hawkins, wore a gown of white satin and rare point lace and the point lace veil worn by her mother on her wedding day. The veil was caught with a diamond sun, the groom's gift. Her bouquet was of orchids and orange blossoms. Her sister, Miss Estelle Hawkins, was maid of honor, and her bridesmaids were Miss Florence Godfrey, Miss Bertha Robinson, Miss Genevieve Gardiner, and Miss Alice Gwynne. Miss Hawkins wore a frock of corn-colored silk and Mousselaine de sole, with a lace hat to match, and carried a basket of daisies. The bridesmaids wore frocks of white Mousselaine de sole and pale green silk and carried bunches of lilies of the valley and mignonette. All five young ladies wore at their necks pretty pearl heart pendants, gifts from the bride.

A large reception followed at the bride's home, 5 West Thirty-fourth street. The guests included Gen. and Mrs. Rush Hawkins, Mr. and Mrs. R.h. Townsend, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Godfrey, Mr. and Mrs. J. Hood Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Halsey, Mr. and Mrs. Schieffelin, Mr. and Mrs. William Draper, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Watson, and Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Fiske.

Miss May Emily Poillon, daughter of Mrs. Cornelius C. Poillon, was married yesterday afternoon at the Church of the Heavenly Rest to Raymond John Chatry by the Rev. E. Walpole Warren of Holy Trinity. George Howland De Witt acted as best man and the ushers were Theodore Howard Banks, Walter Channing Hunting, Herbert Desendorf, and William De La Montagnie. The bride wore a pretty gown of white faille francaise and embroidered crepe and a tulle veil caught with diamond stars. The bouquet was of lilies of the valley and white roses. Her nieces, Miss Aline and Miss Mabel Poillon, were her maids of honor. They wore frocks of pink silk and tulle and carried baskets of pink roses and daisies.

All Saints' Church, at One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Street and Madison Avenue, was crowded to the doors yesterday morning with fashionable Harlem people at the wedding of Miss Mamie Elizabeth Hicks, daughter of Michael Hicks, to Matthew Ignatius Fox. The services, which were mainly choral were led by the Rev. Father Powers. He was assisted by the Rev. Fathers Kineade, O'Keefe, McKenna and Slattery. The body and altar of the edifice were elaborately decorated with lilies, azaleas, and palms. The bride wore an imported gown of white corded silk and old point lace and a lace veil caught with a diamond crescent the groom's gift. Her bouquet was of white violets. She was attended by her sister, Miss Rose Hicks, who wore a frock of pink crepe and embroidered tulle, with a large-brimmed pink hat to match, and carried a bouquet of Katherine Mermet roses. Robert J. Fox, the groom's brother, acted as best man. The ushers were Joseph P. Hicks, brother of the bride; Frank J. Burke, Cyrus Smith, E. W. O'Hara, Edward Friel, and Benjamin MacDonald.

A reception and wedding breakfast, attended by nearly 1,000 guests, followed at the bride's home at 147 West One Hundred and Twenty-first Street. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fox, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Quinn, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Geoghegan, Stephen Barker, Mr. and Mrs. M. Kennedy, Commissioner and Mrs. Brennan, Gen. Kerwin, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carolyn, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Miner, and Gen. and Mrs. Burke.

A Brooklyn wedding of fashionable interest was that of Miss Gertrude M. Rickerson, daughter of Charles L. Rickerson to Henry Treat Boody, son of D.A. Boody, solemnized at the demorial Presbyterian Church in St. John's Place last evening. The pastor, the Rev. Dr. T. Nelson, officiated, and was assisted by the Rev. Dr. Suydam of Jersey City. Charles A. Boody, brother of the groom, was best man, and the guests were seated by L.L. Hayes, J.T. Gwathmey, Frank J. Parmelee, M.E. Simonton, Frank C. Hoyt, and Arthur W. Perego. The bride was attended by a maid of honor, Miss Maude L. Boody, sister of the groom, and by our bridesmaids, Miss May Elting, Miss Anna White, Hiss Kate Blauvelt, and Miss Lida Vessels. Two little fellows, Howard S. Rickerson and Donald Smith, dressed in Napoleon costumes, preceded the bridal party. A large reception followed at the bride's home, 37 Eighth Avenue.

Miss Lily-Lee Harby, daughter of John D. Harby, was married to Dr. Abraham S. Isaacs, editor of the Jewish Messenger, at 7 o'clock last evening at her home, 363 West One Hundred and Seventeenth Street, by the Rev. Dr. R.W. Benjamin. The house was decorated with banks of palms and Spring flowers, and the service was read beneath a canopy of white lilies and ferns. The bride wore a gown of white silk and embroidered Mousseline de soie and a silk tulle veil caught with a wreath of lilies of the valley. Her bouquet was of the same flowers. Her cousin, Miss Katherine Moses of Sumpter, S.C. was maid of honor. She wore a frock of Nile-green silk and point lace and carried a loose bunch of white hyacinths. J.S. Isaacs, brother of the groom, was best man. There were no ushers.

The ceremony was witnessed only by both families. The guests at the reception and wedding supper which followed included ex-Gov. and Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. Marks E. Cohen of Charleston, S.C.; Col. and Mrs. Sprague, Mrs. D.G. Croly, Mrs. Ella Dietz Clymer, and Gen. and Mrs. H.T. Collis.


Website: The History
Article Name: Brides Of An April Day 1890
Researcher/Transcriber: Miriam Medina


New York Times Apr 24, 1890. p. 04 (1 page)
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