WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Popular sheriff weds popular girl in Montcalm County


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:28 pm on Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Montcalm County sheriff wed a “popular” young woman from Stanton one century ago, as was reported on the front page of the Greenville Independent in a rather breathless article.

“Society circles at the County Seat were given a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning when Miss Ella L. Palmer, daughter of attorney and Mrs. L.C. Palmer, was united in marriage to William E. Rasmussen, Montcalm County’s sheriff,” stated the article from the week of June 30.

“The ceremony took place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the home of the bride’s parents. The Rev. H.B. Johnson, pastor of the M.E. Church, officiated. The impressive ring service was used, the bridal couple taking their places in the parlor, in the presence of only the immediate relatives and friends of the bride. A musical program was rendered before the ceremony by Miss Margaret Beers and Miss Grace Palmer. The wedding march was played by Miss Grace Palmer, sister of the bride.

“After the ceremony, a dainty three-course breakfast was served by Mrs. Oliver Gould and the Misses Tessa Brown, Julia Calahen and Agnes Disbrow. Following the ceremony, the couple left for a short automobile trip through the southern part of the state. They will be at home to their many friends after July 15.

“The bride is one of Stanton’s most popular young ladies and for the past four years has been employed in the Register of Deeds office. At the present time, Mrs. Rasmussen is deputy register of deeds. Mrs. Rasmussen is also correspondent at Stanton for The Independent and this paper extends heart congratulations to the bride.

“William E. Rasmussen has held the office of sheriff nearly two years and has already signified his intention of asking the people for a second term. He has considerable property interests around Gowen, where he resided before going to Stanton to take the office of sheriff. He is extremely popular with the people and the host of friends of both bride and groom will wish them a happy wedded life.”

Sadly, the Greenville Independent did not publish a photograph of the “extremely popular” bride and groom, else I would share it here.

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