Harriet Carr wedding dresss 1906

Photograph courtesy of the Yellow Springs Historical Society

As mentioned in a recent Yellow Springs Historical Society blog post, I have been preparing clothing, that was part of a recent Historical Society acquisition, for long-term storage.  Most of these items of clothing are over one hundred years old and are in very delicate condition.  One of the items that I have been working with is a wedding dress that three Carr descendants once wore in their wedding.

Harriet Carr was the first to wear this dress, as pictured here, in August 1906.  Her two daughters, Dorothy and Margaret Neibel later wore this same dress when they were married (These photographs will be posted either here or on the Historical Society’s blog).

I stumbled upon the wedding announcement for Harriet Carr and Frank Neibel and thought it would be appropriate to post it along with the photographs of the wedding dress.  As you can tell from the announcement, this wedding was a pretty big social event here in Yellow Springs.

As published in the Yellow Springs News, August 24, 1906.


Marriage of Frank R. Neibel of Dayton and Miss Harriet Carr, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thad P. Carr, on Tuesday Evening, a Society Event.

The marriage of Mr. Frank R. Neibel, of Dayton, and Miss Harriet Carr of this town was solemnized on Tuesday evening last at eight o’clock at the residence of the bride’s parents on Corry street by Rev. Oliver A. Roberts of Melrose, Mass.

The bride and groom and officiating clergyman are all graduates of Antioch.  Mr. Neibel is an Investigator for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Philadelphia.  The bride is an interesting and charming young lady and is universally beloved by those who have met her.

Carr wedding dress back

The Carr family wedding dress, as it looks in 2013. This is a view of the back of the dress.

The best man was Mr. Oscar Neibel brother of the groom and the maid of honor was the bride’s cousin, Miss Clara Hirst.  The ushers were the bride’s  brother Dr. William B. Carr of Columbus and Mr. William T. Barry of Melrose, Mass.  To the strains of Mendelson’s wedding March rendered by Miss Mae Brewster a graduate of the Wolfram College of music, Cleveland Ohio, the bridal party entered the parlors and took their places midst a bower of green.

The ceremony was impressively given by the officiating clergyman and all present were frank in their expressions of its beauty and impressiveness.  There were present one hundred and twenty-five persons of whom sixty were relatives of the bride and groom.

Carr wedding dress front

The Carr family wedding dress, as it looks in 2013. This is a view of the front of the dress.

The bride was beautifully gowned in white radium silk, trimmed with rare old lace once worn at a ball in Havana given by the Governor General of Cuba.  She carried a shower boquet (sic) of lilies of the valley.  The maid of honor was charmingly dressed in pink silk mull and carried pink roses.  Miss Brewster was lovely in a white embroidered Swiss gown elaborately trimmed with fine lace.

The rooms of the spacious residence were profusely decorated with trailing vines, cut flowers and potted plants.  In the parlors palms and ferns with white lilies and hydrangeas predominated; in the dining rooms bunches of bitter sweet and festoons of smilax and clusters of pink asters.  The bride’s table was artistically arranged with pink candles and a center-piece of pink asters.  The front hall was prettily decorated having bunches of yellow daises banked on the stairway and the banister was concealed by trailing vines.  Many handsome presents were received from friends and relatives in various parts of the country showing the sincere esteem in which the bride and groom are held.  At the close of the ceremony delicious refreshments were served.  During the evening music was furnished by Rigio’s orchestra of Springfield.

Among those present from a distance were: Joseph Neibel and wife, William Neibel and wife, Mr. Oscar Neibel, Miss Minnie Neibel, Mr. and Mrs. Hooper, Mrs. Clarence Wiggin, Mrs. J. M. Fauier, Walter Becker and wife, Walter Haines and wife, Henry Binckley and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kepler, and Mrs. Frantz Dolina of Dayton; O. A. Roberts and wife, of Melrose, Mass., DR. George A. Hubbel, of Berea, Ky.; Ralph Crist and wife of New Carlisle, O,; Hewit Green of Raymond, O.; Miss Alice Derby of Columbus, O.; Thomas Berryman of East Liverpool, O.; Mrs. Martha Hagar, Misses Gertrude and Sarah Hagar of Xenia O; Miss Lottie Lakin of Sidney O,; Miss May Wead of Xenia O.; Wm. T. Barry of Melrose Mass.; Mrs. Calvin Jackson, Waukesha Wis.; Mrs. Bessie Bennie of Nashville Tenn.; Mrs. Margaret Brewster, Miss Mae Brewster of Cleveland O. Herman Schilling and wife, Mrs. Meada Brooks, Mrs. E. B. Hopkins, Miss Edna Hopkins of Springfield O.; Mrs. Andrew Stacy, Miss Helen Stacy of Cincinnati O.; Miss Katharine Huntington of Sioux Falls S. D.; Mrs. Kathleen Grinnell, Carrolton, Ky.; Mrs. Herbert Judy of Brooklyn N.Y.; Mr. Logan Sayre of Washington D.C.; Dr. Wm. B. Carr of Columbus O.; John W. Groves of St. Louis, Mos.; Clarence Neible, wife and daughter of Dayton, O. Miss Mae Brooks of Springfield, O. and Mrs. William T. Barry of Melrose, Mass.

After an Eastern tour Mr. and Mrs. Neibel will be at home at No. 2125 Master street, Philadelphia, Penn.


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