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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
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.
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.
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.