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Albert William Happ to Mary Margaret Becker

Miss Margaret Becker, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton F. Becker of Maytown, became the bride of Albert William Happ, second son of Mr.and Mrs. John Happ of Peterstown, at a pretty wedding solemnized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Maytown on Wednesday June 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Entering the church to the strains of the Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" (Wagner), the double ring ceremony and nuptial high mass was read by Fr. John T. Smith. The bride's sister, Hilda, was the nuptial soloist and sang "Ava Maria" (Schubert), and was assisted by Mrs. John Faivre at the organ. Donald Harmon and Leroy Goy served the mass.

Attending the bride was her youngest sister, Kathleen. The bridegrooms attendent was his cousin, Raymond Happ. Ushers were Walter Becker and Andrew Happ, brothers of the couple.

The bride was beautifully attired velveray marquisette dress fashioned with full skirt and long train and long full sleeves ending in a point over the wrist. It had a V-Neckline with ruffles of organdy around the yoke. She wore a fingertip veil of illusion attached to a crown with seed pearl trimming. Her only jewelry was a gold cross and chain that was worn by her mother at her first communion. Her something old was a hankercheif carried by her grandmother Mrs. Becker on her wedding day. She carried white roses with streamers tied with baby breath, also a sterling rosary, a gift of the bridegroom.

Kathleen was attired in a blue gown of marquisette made with full skirt, shirred bodice, three quarter sleeves and inserts of lace at the bodice. She wore a matching blusher veil with headband of pink roses and a blue saphire rosary, a gift of the bridal couple.

The brides mother wore a navy sheer dress with matching accessories. Mrs. Happ wore blue with accessories of the same color. Both mothers had pink and white carnation corsages.

After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served to the bridal party at the bride's home, and a wedding dinner was served later to 30 relatives and friends, at the home of Mrs. John Echarts in Mendota. A large three-tiered wedding cake, decorated in blue and white, topped with a minature bride and groom center the table. Assisting were Hilda and Francis Becker and Helen and Lucille Happ.

Those present from out of town were Mrs. Mary Meister of Amboy, Mrs. Mary Becker of Sublette, Mr. and Mrs. John Happ, Helen, Elmer, Lucille and Darlene; Mr. and Mrs. John Becker; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Happ; Mr. and Mrs. Gilert Klein all of Mendota. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schmidt of Utica, Fr. Leo J. Wissing of Mendota.

The new Mrs. Happ attended the Maytown schools. For the past four years she has been employed in Mendota. Mr. Happ attended the Peterstown Parochial and for the past several years has assisted his father in farming.

For going away Mrs. Happ wore a two piece pink suit of silk shantung with white accessories and a corsage of pink and white carnations. Following a short wedding trip they will reside in Troy Grove Township.

A reception was held in the Maytown Hall where nearly 600 were present. The couple received many beautiful and useful gifts and a sum of money.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 June 1944

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