John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog started a genealogy meme of Amanuensis Monday in February 2009. He defines amanuensis as a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
I’ve been looking at my maternal grandmother’s (Ruby REINHARDT) Bride’s Book. I’ve talked about my grandparents’ first meeting, their engagement, memorable events here and here, the shower and the Hope Chest and Trousseau previously.
Finally. The wedding. Having their first date on 5 October 1940 and becoming engaged on 16 October 1940 (11! days), Rueben and Ruby married on 5 April 1941.
The first page has several newspaper articles glued (unfortunately) in to the book. “Rueben Henneke Weds Ruby Lee Reinhardt” described a “wedding of interest to a large circle of friends” in a church “beautifullydecorated with a profusion of blue larkspurs and white phlox.” “REINHARDT-HENNEKE WEDDING SATURDAY” described, as the first mentioned article, Grandma’s dress as a “heaven blue alpaca frock with navy accessories” with a “corsage of tiny white rosebuds.” But this article also said Grandma was “lovely.” The article about the “WEDDING SUPPER SATURDAY” described the three-tiered cake with a topper “a tiny arc from which hung small white wedding bells” and “surrounding the cake was a wreath of the pink and white blossoms combined with dainty lace ferns.”
Smaller clippings show the small town’s “around town” kind of entries: “Miss Benita Henneke of Comfort was a week-end visitor in Cuero” and “Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Henneke of Comfort were visitors” in addition to their marriage license newspaper notice. The last small clipping was:
Friends here will be glad to hear of the marriage of Ruben [sic] Henneke of Cuero and Miss Ruby Lee Rheinhardt [sic] of Rabke, on Saturday night, April 5th. May the young couple have a long and happy married life.
Grandma and PaPa were married for 56 years, until her death in 1997. The next page, “Bridesmaids” have these notes in Grandma’s handwriting:
Maid-of-honor: Frieda NURNBERGER
Dress and fitted jacket of beige crepe
Accessories – of coconut brown
Corsage – pale pink carnations
Bridesmaid = Benitha HENNEKE
Redingate (yeah, I didn’t know either but lookit here) dress of dusty pink
Accessories of black patent and pale blue
corsage – Dark pink carnations
And on the next page is a list of guests. Leave a comment here if you know anyone!
Aunt Mary SCHULTZ
Mrs. Roscoe CHADDOCK
Idell & Herman [HENNEKE]
LeRoy [HENNEKE] & Roland [HENNEKE]
Dady [Alfred] HENNEKE
Mother [Helen Anna RABKE] & Dad [Henry Christian REINHARDT]
Mrs. Thos. STILL
Aunt Mollie [?]
Barbara Jean [?]
Mrs. [?] BRIGHTWELL
Fern & Gladys [?]
Mary Ann [?]
Frieda & Lena HENNEKE
Mrs. Herman HENNEKE
Mrs. Freeman SCHULTZ
Uncle Mienert [?]
“Mutta” [?] RABKE
Aunt Hulda [?]
Rev. [M.H.] KEEN
LeRoy [HENNEKE?, if so, duplicate]
Mrs. [?] THIEME
Aunt Nettie [?]
Joyce Ann [?]
Aunt Gusta [?]