(handwritten:  on Monday, July 9, 1951)

James W. Shoemaker (handwritten:  age 21)



(Handwritten date:  Monday, July 30, 1951)



Local Girl Is Bride In Pretty Ceremony in Pleasant Mills Church


   Miss Irene May Schwartz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Reuben Schwartz, north of Berne, and Marvin Dewayne Watkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Watkins of rural route 6, Decatur, were united in marriage on Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock at the Pleasant Mills Methodist church.  Vows in a double ring ceremony were exchanged before Rev. Harold T. Shady.

   Sherman Nyffeler, organist, presented a fifteen-minute musicale which included "Because" and "Indian Love Call."  The traditional wedding marches were used.  During the ceremony the organist played "The Lord's Prayer."  Miss Pauline Rupert, vocalist, sang, "I Love You Truly" and "Through The Years," and after the ceremony, "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us."

   Decorations in the church consisted of large beautiful vases of gladiolas and asters, with palms and candelabra.

   The bride's gown, fashioned with a fitted bodice, was of Chantilly lace over white slipper satin with a Peter Pan collar.  Small satin-covered buttons fastened the basque down the front.  The long fitted sleeves of Chantilly (cut off)

   ...gathered skirt, with panels of the lace at each side was of floor length.  Her fingertip veil was of imported illusion shirred to a (cut)...the pointed crown of seed pearls.  She carried a white Bible, gift of the groom, topped with a Cattleya orchid with a satin shower.  Her only jewelry was a double strand of pearls.

   Miss Jeanette Schwartz attended her sister as maid of honor.  She was dressed in a lilac gown styled similar to that of the bride.  She carried a hand bouquet of yellow roses with yellow satin streamers.  She wore rhinestone earrings and a bracelet, gift of the bride.  

   Vernon Hirschy, of route 6, Decatur, served as best man.  The ushers were Leonard Schwartz, brother of the bride, and Russell and Burvil Watkins, brothers of the groom.

   The bride's mother wore a navy blue dress with white accessories and a pink rose corsage.  The groom's mother wore an aqua dress with white accessories and a corsage of yellow roses.

   Approximately 150 guests attended a reception for the couple in the church basement following the wedding.  Decorations were in pink and white.  Those serving were Miss Mary Jane Steury, Edith Steury, Delores Graber, and Rheta Butcher.  The bride's aunt, Miss Rachel Schwartz, and the bride's cousin, Mrs. Charles Tharp, assisted in the serving.

   For her going-away attire, the bride wore a summer suit of mint green with white accessories and the orchid from her bridal bouquet.

   The newly-weds will reside at 215 W. Jefferson Street, Decatur, after their return from a short wedding trip.

   Miss Schwartz graduated from Adams central high.  Mr. Watkins attended Pleasant Mills high school and is now employed at the General Electric, Decatur.



(Handwritten date:  Friday, August 3, 1951)




   Mrs. Jacob U. Amstutz announces the engagement of her daughter Leona Elizabeth Amstutz to Irven S. Oyer, of Grabill, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ben Oyer of Fort Wayne.  An early autumn wedding is planned.  Mr. Oyer is employed at the Stucky farm implement store in Grabill.



(Handwritten date:  Wednesday, August 1, 1951)


   Mr. and Mrs. Menno S. Habegger and children, Pauline, Ruth Ann, Rosemary, Edison and Harry James of Ethridge, Tennessee, arrived here on Monday to visit Mr. Habegger's mother, Mrs. Anna Amstutz, and his brothers Jacob and Sam Habegger and other relatives of the community.  They will be visiting here several days.



(Handwritten date:  Friday, Aug. 3, 1951)




   Adam J. and Marcella Sprunger Liechty are the parents of a baby boy, John Mark, born this morning at 4:50 at the Adams county hospital.  The baby weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces.


Adams County, Indiana Historical Society

1933-1953 Scrapbook - Image 51

Transcribed by Karin King