23 October 1939
The announcement – as transcribed:
Miss Mary Rose Welsh, daughter of Katherine Welsh,
Street, Phoenixville, and Lloyd Pierson Still, son
of Pierson Still, Steamboat Still, ,
were united in marriage in St. Mary’s rectory, Phoenixville, with the Rev.
William Geary officiating Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Colo.
Attendants were Morgan Clark, Unionville, and Miss Laretta Welsh, sister of the bride. A reception followed in the home of the bride. After returning from a honeymoon trip to
the couple will reside temporarily with the bride’s mother and later at
The bride is an employe of
mills, . Still is employed by Logan Still,
Unionville, as a painter and paper hanger. Spring City
The announcement appeared in the Pottstown Mercury on Monday, 23 October 1939. That means they married on Saturday, 21 October 1939. They were married in the rectory because my grandmother was Roman Catholic, Latin Rite, which is what St. Mary’s denomination is as well. My grandfather however was Presbyterian. He later converted but in 1939 marrying outside the Catholic faith meant she could not have a wedding mass nor could she even be married in the physical Church.
I have seen my great grandmother (Katherine Welsh) spell her name with both a K and a C both in family records and government / public records. My great grandfather (Pierson Still) lived in Steamboat Springs at the time. I am sure this (Steamboat Still) was simply a typo. He was, at the time, living out there with my Uncle Jim (James Still).
Morgan Clark was a friend of my grandfather’s. My Aunt’s name is also spelled differently. I have always seen in spelled with an “o” not an “a”, as in Loretta. My grandparents lived in Phoenixville while their house was finished up. Logan Still is my grandfather’s uncle (Pierson’s brother). Eventually, my grandfather would own his own painting business in Unionville.
I never did find what I was looking for in regards to my Uncle Gerry but I was so excited to find this.