Friday, June 20, 2014

Wedding Wednesday Laura Fitzgerald and William Swift

Photo from Personal Collection



Left to right 1st row
Groom William Swift, Bride Laura Fitzgerald, Cousin Ella Mae Wilson, Bridesmaid Nellie Hewitt and Best Man Harry Lee 

Orange County Times Press, Tuesday, September 28, 1909 published Middletown, New York

Miss Laura Isabelle, daughter of Eugene Fitzgerald, of Goshen, and William Swift, of Paterson, N. J., were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Hewitt, 16 Myrtle avenue, at 4:15 o'clock, Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Floyd Crane, of Goshen. 

Miss Nellie Hewitt, cousin of the bride, acted as bridesmaid, and Harry E. Lee, of this city, was best man.

The Hewitt home was tastefully decorated with ferns and cut flowers in a general color scheme of green and white by Gilbert, the florist, and the ceremony was performed under a floral bell.

The ring service was used and the ring bearer was Ella May Wilson, also a cousin of the bride, who carried the ring on a heart shaped cut glass server.  The wedding march from Lohengrin was played by Miss Daisy Decker accompanied on the violin by John Ryan.

The bride wore light blue moire silk, embroidered with chiffon lace and carried a shower bouquet of white roses.  Her traveling gown was of dark green cloth, with hat to match.  The bridesmaid wore blue satin, trimmed with gilt and carried pink roses.  The ring bearer was gowned in white.

Following the ceremony a wedding supper was served, prepared by Mrs. Hewitt.

The gift of the bride to her bridesmaid was a diamond brooch, and the groom's gift to his groomsman was a diamond scarf pin.

At 8:09 Mr. and Mrs. Swift took the Erie for New York and Washinton, D. C., and after October 15 will be at home at 62 Main street, Paterson, N. J., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bogert, relatives.

The bride is a daughter of Eugene Fitzgerald, of Goshen, and has been making her home at the residence of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clark, of that place.  She is a member of the Methodist Church of Goshen.  The groom is a designer and warper in a large silk mill in Paterson and is a member of several societies of a social and fraternal nature.

The friends of the bride and groom remembered them with many handsome gifts of cut glass, china, checks, linen, furniture and other useful and ornamental things.

The out of town guests were:  Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Clark, Miss Viola Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bogert, Miss Martha Ainlay, Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Masker, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mathewson, of Newburgh; Miss Mary Lewis of Attleboro, Mass.; Mrs. Alexander Frazer, of New York City; Mrs. David Pullis and Mrs. Abram Doremus, of Hampton; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Waring, of Maybrook, and Mrs. Anson Gibson, Miss Mabel Gibson, Mrs. Dell Knapp, Miss Hattie Knapp and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Clark, of Goshen.

Note:  Laura is my first cousin twice removed. I know—confusing! Laura was the daughter of Minnie I. Clark and Eugene Fitzgerald. Minnie I. Clark was the daughter of Jeremiah B. and Harriet (Ogden) Clark. Minnie died when she was only 27 years old so Laura spent much of her time at her Clark Grandparents’ home. Grandmother Harriet (Ogden) Clark is pictured above in the 2nd row between William and Laura.

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