Ira Porter Marries Miss Florence Campbell, 1915

Most, but not all, wedding announcements in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) were pretty brief.  Here’s one with more detail than usual from the September 2, 1915 edition, page 8:

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Porter Home.

Ira Porter who left in June telling his friends he was going to the Panama Pacific Exposition, but later sent word back he was in Long Beach, California, and on the 17 of August, would be married to Miss Florence Campbell, of that place.  Now we all have our doubts as to whether he ever saw the exposition.  Whether he did or not, it is up to him to explain.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter arrived in Skidmore Monday morning and went to the home of Ira’s father, southwest of town.

In the evening a number of young people went out to the Porter home, where a social evening was spent.

It has been the custom for a number of years when one of Ira’s chums got married to give him a ducking in a water tank.  The boys went prepared to administer this to Ira and sure enough gave him one.

To make the job complete they also gave Wm. Howden, Jr. the same treatment, who was married about a year ago, but who had never been initiated in this manner.

It is useless for us to say anything in regard to Mr. Porter’s standing in the community as he was reared here and everyone knows him to be honest, energetic and a good business man.

Mrs. Porter is a stranger to the people here, but we extend to her a most hearty welcome, and hope she will find us to be congenial people.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter have rented rooms at the R. G. Medsker residence, where they will be at home to their friends for the present.

The following article was taken from the Long Beach, Calif., Telegram, August 18:  A charming romance which finds its origins in school days in the East, was culminated last evening when Miss Florence Campbell, daughter of Robert A. Campbell of 1559 Appleton, became the wife of Ira E. Porter, a prominent banker of Skidmore, Missouri.

Mr. Porter and his wife were school friends in Tarkio, Missouri.  After coming to California, Miss Campbell finished her education in Occidental College.  Soon after her graduation she was called to the enviable position of private secretary to the general manager of the Riverside Portland Cement company.  Her success in business did not keep her from taking an active and leading part in club work, she having been secretary of the College Women’s club of Los Angeles, and a member of the local Music Study Club.

The service was read by the Rev. Grant Evans in the Second Presbyterian church.  The bride having expressed her preference for wild flowers, her friends had massed every corner of the nave with wild blossoms.  A color scheme of pink and yellow was carried out, over a background of green ferns.

At eight thirty, when a large number of friends of the young couple had gathered in the church the ceremony was opened with charmingly rendered solos by Mrs. Wells Rafeburn and mr. C. C. Mason, Miss Sarah ellen Barnes, the musician, then played Lohengrin’s wedding march as a processional.  The flower children, Helen Rathburn and Kenneth Lewis strewed flowers before the bridal party.  Miss Hester Craig, the maid of honor and Miss Caroline Hartwig, the bridesmaid were gowned in dainty dresses which carried out the color scheme of pink and yellow.  Each carried a bouquet of pink dahlias.

The bride was charming in an exquisite gown of pure white, which was embellished by a long bridal veil of airy fabric.  In her arms she carried an exquisite shower bouquet of pink rosebuds.  The groom and the best man, John DeLairo, were dressed in the conventional black.

After a short trip through southeastern California the couple will leave for Skidmore, Mo., where they will make their home.  The many friends of Mrs. Porter regret to lose so charming a young woman from their midst, but their best wishes for a happy voyage on the matrimonial sea accompany.