Lawrence Eugene Dougherty to Margaret Elaine Moerschbaecher

In a setting of white and pink floral arrangements Miss Margaret Elaine Moerschbaecher, daughter of Mrs. P.J. Moerschbaecher, 715 Peoria avenue, became the bride of Lawrence Eugene Dougherty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dougherty, 817 Hennepin avenue, Saturday morning in a 9:30 o'clock Mass in St. Patrick's church. The Rev. T.L. Walsh officiated.

Preceding the ceremony Sister Concepta, organist, played a prelude and later accompanied the members of St. Mary's junior choir when they sang the Mass. Miss Maureen Tyne, soloist, sang four selections which included; "The Lord's Prayer," "On This Day O Beautiful Mother," Bach's "Ave Maria" and "Panis Angelicus".

Bouquets of pink and white pom poms were on the side altars.

Given in marriage by her uncle, R.T. Haley of Indianapolis, the bride wore a gown of white brocaded organza made in princess style with a V neckline, fitted bodice, long sleeves ending in points and full flared skirt extending into a short train. Her fingertip length veil was held in place by a wreath of orange blossoms and her jewelry was a strand of pearls.

For something blue the bride carried a blue and white gold rosary which the bridegroom got at the cathedral in Hawaii. The flowers in her semi-colonial bouquet were white roses and stepsonotis centered with white gardenias.

Mrs. James E. Bales was her sister's matron of honor and wore a blue crepe floor length gown with matching long gloves. Pink carnations were arranged in a half halo headdress and made up her bouquet.

Laverne Dougherty was her brothers best man and James E. Bales and Donald Tehan of Rock Falls ushered.

For her daughters wedding Mrs. Moerschbaecher selected a burgandy crepe dress with black accessories and an orchid corsage. The bridegrooms mother wore plum crepe with grey accessories and an orchid corsage.

At noon a breakfast was served at Peter Piper's to 37 guests. A three tiered cake with silver candelabra at each side centered the table which was decorated with white pom poms.

Later in the afternoon a reception was held at the home of the bridegroom's parents. Mrs. R.T. Haley cut the cake and Mrs. Francis Tehan, Mrs. L.J. Dougherty, Miss Jane Dougherty and Mrs. John Barthelme served. Miss Ann Haley was in charge of the guest book.

The couple left on a weeding trip to New York and Washington D.C., on return they will reside at 315 Dixon Avenue. For traveling Mr.s Dougherty chose a brown gaberdine suit, frost white hat and brown accessories, with an orchid corsage.

The bride attended St. Mary's grade school, Dixon High school and Mundelein college in Chicago. Prior to her marriage she was employed by the law firm of Dixon, Devine, Bracken and Ryan.

Mr. Dougherty attended St. Mary's school and Dixon high school and served four years with the USMC. He is employed in the construction department of the Illinois Northern Utilities company.

Out of town guests were Col. and Mrs. John H. McGee and daughter of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Haley and daughter of Indianapolis; Mrs. John Berghoff, Mrs. Martin Draths and sons, Miss Jane Dougherty, Miss Audrey Cameron and Mr. and Mrs. James Burke all of Chicago; Mr. adn Mrs. John Barthelme, Mrs. L.J. Dougherty and Mr.a nd Mrs. Warren Wahl all of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Tehan and Donald all of Rock Falls; George McGee of Minot N.Dak., and Miss Jane Carey of Morris.

The Evening Telegraph 30 October 1947

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