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Esther Helen Bisbee Wedding

Spirit Lake, Iowa, Beacon, July 16, 1942

Miss Esther Helen Bisbee Bride of Roland Brown, Spirit Lake

Esther Helen Bisbee

The First Congregational church at Spencer was the scene of a beautiful wedding Saturday morning when Miss Esther Helen Bisbee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer D. Bisbee of near Spencer, was united in marriage with Mr. Roland D. Brown of Spirit Lake, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Brown, also of that city.

Rev. Willis Kissinger WIlliams, pastor of the church, officiated at the impressive ceremony at 10 o'clock, using the single ring service. The bride was given in marriage by her father and witnessing the ceremony were approximately 50 relatives and friends

Bridal Music

Preceding the ceremony Miss Marian Marr of Spencer played a ten-minute organ recital of love songs and Miss Raejean Gould sang "Love's Dream" by Liebstraum and "Still As the Night" with Miss Marr accompanying. As a processional she played "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" and as a recessional Mendelssohn's "Wedding March."

The bridal party took their places before a white screen which had been placed in the center of the pulpit. On either side stood white seven-branched candelabras holding white lighted tapers and baskets of white lilies on white standards. Also decorating other parts of the church were baskets of mixed flowers.

Miss Ruth Alice Bisbee, who attended her sister as maid of honor, was attractive in her floorlength gown of pink dotted swiss which was designed with short puffed sleeves, square neckline, full skirt with flounce at the bottom. Adorning the neckline and flounce were bows of black velvet and the belt was of black velvet ending in the front in a bow. She wore sweetpeas in her hair and carried a bouquet of sweetpeas, roses and baby's breath.

Little Miss Myra Brown of Spirit Lake, niece of the bridegroom, was the flower girl. Her floorlength dress was of blue dotted swiss and fashioned similar to the maid of honor's. She carried a rose shaped basket filled with rose petals which she dropped in the path of the bride.

Mrs. Joseph Gamble of Spirit Lake attended the bridegroom as business suits and white carnation Lester Pullen and Mr. Richard Pullen of Spencer. The bridegroom, best man and ushers, as well as Mr. Bisbee, wore dark business suits and white carnation boutonnieres.

Wedding Gown

The bride was very lovely in her wedding gown of white embossed organdy. The gown was designed with the square neckline, full skirt and short puffed sleeves. Her only jewelry was a string of pearls worn by her mother at her marriage. The fingertip veil of net was held in place with a crown of lace. He shoes were white sandals and she carried a bouquet of roses, sweetpeas and baby's breath.

Mrs. Bisbee and Mrs. Brown, mothers of the couple, chose blue love bird print and blue print, respectively. Their accessories harmonized. Their shoulder corsages were composed of pink roses.

A reception in the Fireside room of the church followed. Refreshments consisting of wedding cake and ice cream with a pink wedding bell center were served by Mrs. Allan E. Daskam, assisted by Mrs. Lester Pullen, Misses Marjorie Lauter and Maxine Viedenkamp. The cake was in three tiers and was trimmed in white, pink and blue.

The couple left on a wedding trip to Minneapolis and northern Minnesota, after which they will reside on a farm near Spirit Lake. For the trip the bride wore a blue dress suit and navy and white accessories.


Mrs. Brown, a Spencer high school graduate with the class of 1935, has been assistant librarian at the Spencer Public library for two and one-half years and librarian at the high school for two years. She was a popular student at the Spencer high school. Mr. Brown, who attended the Spirit Lake high school, is operating a farm near Spirit Lake for his father where a new home has been constructed for the couple.

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