View of the Past

by Ron Leake, Ralls County Historical Society

These articles and ad are courtesy of Ron Leake, president of the Ralls County Historical Society.

The Perry Enterprise April 28, 1955


Miss Jean Ann Moss, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Moss, of Center, and Ernest Lewellen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lewellen, also of Center, were married Saturday evening, April 16, at 8:30 o’clock in the Rectory of Father Yaley of Hannibal. The marriage vows were solemnized in a simple but impressive ceremony in the presence of their attendants, who were Miss Carolyn Mechlin, New London, and Clyde Ardrey of Center, classmates of the groom.
The bride chose for her wedding an ensemble in beige, using clack accessories; her flowers were red roses. Her bridesmaid was attired in navy with white accessories; her flowers were also red roses.
The bride received her formal education in the Center schools and furthered her education by taking a business course. She is now employed at the Ahler’s Café, Hannibal.
The groom also received his formal education in the Center schools. After graduation from High School he served in the U.S. Army for one enlistment, part of which time was spent in Korea. He received an honorable discharge from the service in the latter part of December 1954, and is now employed at the Dick Hulse Service Station, Center.
Immediately following the wedding, the young couple left on their honeymoon. They will reside in Center where they have a new home awaiting them.

The Perry Enterprise May 19, 1955


A flower laden room formed the setting for a very impressive double ring wedding ceremony Sunday, May 8th, at 5:00 p.m. for Miss Dixie Lou Swon and Clyde T. Willard Jr. in the country home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Swon, near Center. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mr. Swon. Rev. John W. Golden was the officiating minister.
Mr. Willard chose for his best man, Mr. Chester Leake of Perry. Both were dressed in tan suits. Each had a white carnation boutonniere.
Mrs. Chester Leake, sister of the groom, sang “Ave Maria” by Shubert, and “I Love You Truly” by Carrie Jacobs Bond. At the piano was Miss Judy Willard, sister of the groom. “The Wedding March” by Wagner, was played by Mrs. Leake.
Preceding the bride down the stairs came the bridesmaid, Miss Rita Sue Clark, cousin of the bride. Miss Clark’s costume of navy blue silk, low neckline trimmed with embroidery, was extra full skirted, ballerina length and very beautiful. Her flowers were pink carnations.
The bride chose for her wedding costume a beautiful white, billowing, ballerina length dress fashioned of silk embroidery and organdy. Her flowers were also pink carnations.
A reception followed immediately after the ceremony. The lace covered table arranged with crystal candelabras and candles, a three-tiered, pink rose trimmed wedding cake with miniature bride and groom, was the center of attraction. After the bride and groom cut their cake, they received the guests for refreshments of cake and punch. Three sisters-in-law of the bride did the honor of serving.

The Perry Enterprise 1955, publication month unknown


Miss Colleen Raybrook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Raybrook near Perry, and Tommy Dick Myers of the United States Air Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Myers of Perry, were united in marriage in a single ring ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, 1955, at three o’clock at the home of Rev. John W. Golden in Hannibal.
Attending the young couple were Mrs. Pearl Little and Airman 2/c Donald Fleming.
The bride wore a dress of white rayon-linen with white accessories and her bouquet was of red roses. Her attendant wore a light blue dress with blue and navy accessories and a bouquet of white carnations. The bride is a graduate of Perry High School and has been employed in secretarial work in St. Louis for the past several months. She was an honor student in high school and is an attractive and talented young lady.
Tommy Dick attended Perry High School and is in an Airman First at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, California. He lacks three months of completing four years of service.
Those present at the wedding were relatives and close friends of the bride and groom. The young couple departed on May 9th for California where they will make their home.