Mr. James Powers and Miss Nellie Ryan Married.
Tuesday morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Menominee, ILL., occurred the marriage of Mr. James I. Powers of Galena, and Miss Nellie Ryan, youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Philp Ryan, old and highly respected residents of Menominee, ILL. The pretty and impressive ceremony followed by a Nuptial mass, was performed by the pastor, Rev. Father Halbemaeier, which united husband and wife, two popular and estimable young people. The bride is a young lady of refinement and amiable disposition and possesses all those accomplishments and good qualities necessary for a true, noble woman. She was born and reared in Menominee, and has a host of admiring friends. She was charmingly attired in a wedding gown of gleaming net-work of lace and insertion, over white silk and to add to her queenly appearance wore a bridal veil caught with a diamond pin and carried bride's roses. Her maid of honor, Miss Anna Powers, wore white swiss over pink silk and carried carnations. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Powers, esteemed citizens of Elizabeth, ILL., well and favorably known in Galena. He is a young man of sterling character and more than ordinary ability and since his return from Notre Dame college where he graduated with high honors, he has been engaged in teaching school. He is quite prominent in educational circles, and ranks as one of the most successful teachers of this county. James enjoys the friendship and good will of every one and has many warm friends who congratulate him on his selection of a life companion. He was attended by Mr. Andrew Ryan, brother of the bride. Immediately after the wedding ceremony a reception was held at the spacious home of the bride's parents attended only by relatives of the contracting parties. The parlor and dining-room had been converted into a form or beauty. From every side beautiful plants peeped out here and there to lend their fragrance to the happy occasion. The tables too with snowy white cloths, dainty dishes, flowers and elaborate spread presented a scene fitting enough to tempt the appetite of the greatest epicure. It was a day resplendant with pleasure for not only was it Miss Nellie's wedding day, but a family reunion as well, for it brought together her brothers and sisters, and her aged and kind parents wept for joy when they gazed on their children ten in number, under shelter of the old parental roof once more. The bride was the recipient of many handsome and useful presents.
Mr. & Mrs. Power will begin housekeeping at once in a comfortable home the groom has already prepared near Galena where he owns a farm. The best wishes of their numerous friends accompany them and may their life be a prosperous and happy one.
Submitted by Francis & Denise Wolter
Miss Bertha FORD and Mr. Z. T. DAVIS
Galena Weekly Gazette, article dated 3/23/83 p 3
Submitted by Melany Granville