Article from "The Galena Weekly Gazette" from Galena, IL, Jo Daviess County, dated April 16, 1900.
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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

Miss Bertha B. Ford, daughter of Walter Ford, Esq., a lady endowed with far more than ordinary good sense and beauty, and Mr. Zack T. Davis, of Sioux City, formerly of Galena, son of Mr. A. C. Davis, of the East Side, were very quietly married last evening at the Ford residence, on Prospect Street.
The ceremony was performed at 8 o'clock, by the Rev. W. H. Knowlton, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in the presence of near relatives and a limited number of special friends only.
The bride was attired in a traveling suit, in the selection of which her characteristic good taste was notably displayed. The groom appeared in the conventional black.
The couple were unattended, and all other needless formality was very sensibly dispensed with. A very elegant wedding supper was served soon after the completion of the ceremony, after which Mr. and Mrs. Davis bade farewell to relatives and friends and set out for the depot, where they took the 10:58 train for a brief tour to Chicago and Milwaukee, preparatory to settling down in Sioux City, their intended home.
As a matter of course, the presents were numerous and elegant, being never before surpassed in this city for real beauty and appropriateness.
Mr. Davis may well congratulate himself on the choice he has make of a wife. The lady is a model of refinement, and none of the younger class have ever shone more brilliantly in society than she, and but few are able to fill the place made vacant by her departure.
Among those present at the wedding last evening, aside from the relatives, were Mr. And Mrs. D. F. Loveland, Dr. and Mrs. T. G. Wonderly, E. C. Ripley and wife, Hon. R. H. McClellan and wife, Mrs. George Leekley and daughter Nettie, Miss Fannie Stillman, Mrs. Mark W. Brown, of Kansas City, Miss Belle Corwith, of Chicago.

Galena Weekly Gazette, article dated 3/23/83 p 3
Submitted by Melany Granville