Regular readers of Cousins, know that I love the section of my hometown newspaper called A Glance Into the Past. I especially enjoy reading about my own family. This past week brought another gem.
A wedding of considerable interest took place at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 when Miss Jean Stevens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Stevens, became the bride of Beryl M. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson, all of Scranton. The church was filled with friends of the couple. The Rev. Edward Stone spoke the double ring service before an altar decorated with jonquils and gladiolus.
Attending the couple were Miss Cleo Eason, maid of honor, and Duane Duff, best man. Miss Carol Nelson and Miss Margaret Ray acted as bridesmaids, while Don Oxenford and John Grisso were the ushers. Ring bearer was little Janet Scherbring, niece of the groom. Following the reception, the couple left for Des Moines in a well-decorated car for a short honeymoon. They will live in this community, where Mr. Johnson will be engaged in farming. Mrs. Johnson will continue her work as clerk of the school board and secretary to Superintendent Hammer. Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are graduates of Scranton High School, and are among the community's most popular young people.
As I work on my family genealogy, I wonder who else was there. Was the bride's cousin, my mother Mary, there? Was I there? Probably not, I was only two years old. Who would I have been left with? Great Grandma Estella Smith was probably there. She was the bride's grandmother.
The newspaper shared another little anecdote that probably caused some concern for all.
An automobile collision occurred Sunday afternoon on Highway 30 east of Scranton involving a pickup truck driven by Raymond Henning and Chevrolet five-passenger coupe owned by Dan Oxenford, and driven by Don Oxenford.
Margaret Ray and Carol Nelson, bridesmaids at the wedding of Jean Stevens and Beryl Johnson and John Grisso and Mr. Oxenford, ushers were en route to Jefferson to have their pictures taken with the bridal couple and their attendants, Duane Duff and Cleo Eason, when the accident occurred. No one was injured, although the cars were damaged considerably.