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Gretter, W.C. & G> Rich Oct. 1899

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Pacific Grove Review, CA Oct. 7, 1899
Gretter-Rich Nuptials
The social function of the season and one that has caused no end of pleasant comment, was the uniting in marriage of Mr. William Cecil Gretter and Miss Gertrude Rich in the pretty little chapel of St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Saturday evening, the 30th ult. The edifice was filled to almost crowding with friends of the contracting parties all anxious to witness the solemnization of the vows that would forever make one, two of our best beloved and highly esteemed young people. Exactly at the appointed hour, 8:30 o’clock, the sweet strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march, Mr. C.K. Tuttle at the organ, the bridal party moved down the aisle, preceded by two little pages, Cecil and Thompson McGowan, who opened the floral gates and were followed by the ushers, James Harper and George Eardley. The bride, stately and beautiful, wlaked alone, preceding her father and mother whose twenty-fifth wedding anniversary the happy occasion marked. At the chancel rail, the bride-groom, attended by his best man, Mr. Russel Mills of Sacramento, joined the bride and advanced to the altar where they were made one under the solumn and beautiful service of the Church of England, Rev. Hobart Chetwood, rector of St. Mary’s, officiating. The ceremony ended, the bridal party moved slowly down the center aisle to Mr. Tuttle’s sympathetic rendering of Mendelsohn’s wedding march. The bride was attired in a regal gown of white mousseline de soie over a dainty slip of cream silk, th gift of Mrs. George Storey of Saucilito, and she carried a bouquet of white sweet peas and maiden hair fern. The long diaphanous veil that draped but not concealed the sweet maidenly face and lithe form, was the one worn by the groom’s aunt, Mrs. Kate King upon her wedding night. It was gracefully caught above her forehead and about her dark hair with clusters of orange blossoms. The bride-groom and the father of the bride were attired in the conventional black. The church decorations were marked with pink and green, the seven graduated wedding bells under which the bridal party stood being composed of pink and green foliage. Festoons of asparagus fern were gracefully draped from corresponding corners, meeting in a common centre where they were united with the most airy and artistically arranged floral baskets conceivable. Duchess roses, fuschias, maiden hair fern and expensive carnations peeped from every conceivable nook and niche fairy-like environments, on hundred percent. The reception at home following the church ceremony was marked with the genial hospitality that bears, deeply milled, the ‘Rich” minting. All who came were royally entertained. The newly-made man and wife stood beneath a canopy of snowy white where they received the congratulations of their friends. Ice cream and cake were served abundantly and all made merry beneath the handsomest decorations of rose pink which reflected a mellowed shell-like radiance over all. Mr. and Mrs. Rich, whose twenty-fifth wedding anniversary fell upon the date of their daughter’s wedding, were most solemnly (?) re-united in the holy bonds of wedlock by Justice Pell and Mrs. O.S. Trimmer. The latter executioner says: “Mrs. Rich do you really, honestly think you can stand another twenty-five years with Ed Rich?” She firmly responded, “I guess so.” Then E.B., being put through a similar course of sprouts says: “You bet.” So they’re married for another quarter-century. Of the wedding presents, we can only say they were of a quantity and quality, to which columns with their donors could not do justice. There was everything from table napery to parlor sets. Silver by the dozen – knives, forks, spoons, and individual cruets, etc., Spanish work table and toilet sets, lamps, black coffee sets, tea and chocolate pots, salad spoons, lemonade sets and lovely hand wrought couch and easy chair cushions. Last Tuesday, the happy pair were given a reception by hosts of relations at Watsonville at the home of Mrs. Kate King of that city. On Saturday they will return to the Grove where they will remain the guests of Mrs. Gretter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B> Rich, after which they will take their departure for Salinas, the groom’s home. Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Rich are the oldest and the very best of old Boston families, but have made the Grove their home for some twelve years past where the former has held the position for the past ten years, of city marshal. Mr. Gretter is a native son but of Southern extraction, his parents being classed among the highly educated and aristocratic families of the South. Mr. Gretter Sr., occupied for years here, until his health broke, the principalship of our schools. Mr. Gretter Jr. is one of a class of California boys who graduated from the Chicago University in 1896 and who received honors of membership in the Beta Chapter of the Phi Chi fraternity at the University of Chicago, and now ranks high as a pharmacist of our county seat. The bride is a lady of the most refined and modest qualifications, an accomplished musician, a carefully trained housewife, and a general favorite among Groveites. May the glorious sun of their golden expectations never set except upon the silvery twilight of a good ripe old age, is the wish of the Review. A gift from Mrs. Rich and the children, Gertrude and Eddie, of a gold watch and handsome fob was one of the silver wedding parents received by Mr. Rich. Several pieces of solid silver were presented jointly to Mr. and Mrs. Rich by friends in commemoration of the day. (PGHSrel)
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