With This Ring

From Stephentown Genealogy: Roots & More

This is a fun page, showing the weddings, engagements and even anniversaries of some of the citizens of Stephentown.

Many of the photos on this page came from the Stephentown Historical Society Album No. 4. The text in great part, came from articles printed in the Berkshire Eagle.

NOTE: The dates next to the articles are the dates of the issues of the newspapers in which the announcements were printed. They are not necessarily the dates of the weddings.


Miss Helen Elizabeth Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler of Stephentown, was married Saturday to Elliot R. Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hughes of Boonville, NY. The ceremony took place at the home of the brides parents with Rev. Oscar Stetson officiating. Music was provided by Miss Helen Manns, cousin of the bride. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Max Merrill of Canton, NY. A reception at the home followed after which the couple left on a short wedding trip. Upon their return, they will ive in New Hartford, NY, where Mr. Hughes is principal of the elementary school. Before her marriage, Ms. Hughes taught in Canton. - October 15, 1947 Mrs. Lewis Wager entertained at a shower at her home on Tuesday evening in honor of Miss Ellen Holt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Holt, Jr. Ten guests were present. Cards were played and refreshments served. Miss Holt will be married Sunday to James King of Nassau. - October 15, 1947 Miss Elizabeth Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler was the guest of honor at a miscellaneous shower at the home of Mrs. Chauncey Bateman Thursday afternoon. About 40 guests attended. The shower was arranged by Mrs. Lawrence Manns, Mrs. Thomas Wheeler, and Mrs. Chauncey Bateman. Miss Wheeler received many gifts. Refreshments were served. The wedding of Miss Wheeler and Elliott Hughes of New Hartford will take place at her home Saturday. MISS CHITTENDEN CORPORAL'S BRIDE Miss Dorothy E. Chittenden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claud H. Chittenden of Stephentown Center and Corp. Casimir J. Kanopka, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kanopka of Milford, Mass., were united in marriage Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the home of the bride. Rev. Oscar A. Arnold performed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Ellsworth of Williamstown were the attendants. The bride wore a soldier brown suit with a corsage of pink roses. a receiption followed for the immediate families after which the couple left on a wedding tip to Milford. The brideis employed in Hancock, Mass., and Corporal Kanopka, who has spent the past three years in Panama, is now stationed in Texas. MARION PALMER, SEAMAN SICLEY ARE ENGAGED

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Palmer of Stephentown announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Marion C., to Seaman Allen E. Sicley, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sicley of Berlin, NY. Miss Palmer is a graduate of Berlin Central School and attended New York State College for Teachers at Albany, NY. Seaman Sicley, a graduate of Berlin Central School, has been serving in the navy for a year and is now stationed on the aircraft carrier, USS Leyte. MISS BRULLMANN, C.E. BATEMAN, JR. WED IN LONG ISLAND Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Brullman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Brullman of Long Island City, NY, was married to Chauncey Earl Bateman, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Earl Bateman, Sr. of Stephentown, NY, Saturday at the Steinway Reformed Church, Long Island City. A reception followed at the Boat House Inn, Astoria, LI. Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Bateman and son Gary, her mother, Mrs. James O. Bartholomew of Redlands, Cal., Mrs. Walter Sykes and Mrs. Fuller Hewitt, motored to New York to attend the wedding. They remained overnight at Garden City, LI and returned home Sunday. - August 23, 1950 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas of North Stephentown announce the marriage of their daughter Hilda to Harry Wilbrant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilbrant, of Berlin, Saturday january 15 in Watervliet. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Max. O. McCamley, a former pastor of Berlin Methodist Church. A wedding supper was held at the groom's parents home. A reception was given the couple at Bridgeway, Cherry Plain, Saturday evening. A large crowd attended and the couple received many gifts. Mrs. Wilbrant is employed by General Electric Co., in Pittsfield, Mass., and Mr. Wilbrant is employed on his father's farm. - January 25, 1944

The caption under this picture is incorrect according to the newspaper article. The names of the bride and groom seem to be wrong, but the photo is right. (Janet Atwater wrote to say that the bride and groom were Bob and Norma Rose Pease, standing between Bob's parents and Norma's father. Taken at Janet's aunt and uncle's house.

MARRIED IN STEPHENTOWN Miss Norma Marjorie Rose, daughter of Henry A. Rose, was married to Robert Walker Pease, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey N. Pease, yesterday. The couple were married by Rev. Oscar F. Stetson in the First Presbyterian Church, Garfield. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Miss Madge Aldrich of Berlin, NY was the maid of honor and Woolson Brown of Hancock, Mass., was best man. Bridesmaids were Miss Dorothy Jean Rose, sister of the bride and Mildred Anne Pease, a cousin of the bridegroom. Floyd Brown, brother of the bride and Andrew Pease, a cousin of the bridegroom were ushers. Following the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin H. Atwater. The bride is a graduate of Berlin Central High School, and the Bishop Memorial Training School for Nurses at the House of Mercy, Pittsfield. Mr. Pease, a veteran, is a graduate of Lebanon Central High School and is attending Cornell University in Ithaca. - June 11, 1947 Henry Rose of Stephentown announces the engagement of his daughter, Ruth E. Rose to William R. Walker, son of the late Walter and Agnes Robinson Walker of Madrid. Miss Rose is a graduate of New Lebanon Central School, class of 1940, and of the New York State Agriculture and Technical Institute, Canton, class of 1942. Mr. Walker, is a graduate of Madrid High School, class of 1938 and New York State Agriculture and Technical Institute, class of 1940. - March 4, 1943

BECOMES BRIDE AT SHRINE In a wedding held at the shrine in New Lebanon at 6 Sunday night with Rev. Francis Schalziein officiating, Miss Mildred Brimmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Brimmer of Petersburgh, became the bride of Donald V. Lapp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon J. Lapp, of Stephentown. - October 28, 1942 MISS ATWATER IS MARRIED IN GARFIELD Miss Elizabeth Ann Atwater, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Atwater, Sr., of Stephentown became the bride of Ralph Chittenden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Chittenden of New Lebanon, NY at the First Presbyterian Church, Garfield, NY, Monday. Rev. Howard Faulkner of Philadelphia, Pa., brother in law of the bridegroom, officiated at the double ring ceremony. Miss Ruth Yale was organist. She accompanied the vocal soloist, Miss Joann Reynolds, of New lebanon, who sang, "I Love You Truly," and "Always." Stanley Chittenden was best man for his brother and Calvin B. Atwater, brother of the bride, and Charles Brown, brother in law of the bridegroom, were ushers. Escorted by her brother, John H. Atwater, Jr., the bride wore a gown of white slipper satin with appliqued chiffon overdress and a long train. Her net fingertip veil was held in place by a tiara of white rosebuds. She carried an arm bouquet of white roses and white glaioli with white satin streamers. Miss Virginia Wilt of Malden Bridge was maid of honor. A reception for over 100 relatives and friends followed on the lawn of the home of the bride. Mrs. John H. Atwater, Sr., mother of the bride received. Upon their return from a wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Chittenden will reside in New Lebanon. The bride is a graduate of the New Lebanon Central School. - September 4, 1947

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED - Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Sweener of Stephentown announce the engagement of their daughter, Blanche Marie, to Pvt. John Toolan, Jr., first class, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Toolan of Lenox, Mass. Miss Sweener is a graduate of New Lebanon High School. Pvt. Toolan is a graduate of Lennox High School and is now stationed at Fort George Meade, MD. The wedding will take place soon.


Miss Cynthia Ann Tyde, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Richard W. Tyde and andrew Dwight Pease, son of Arthur L. Pease and the late Helen Whitman Pease, were married yesterday afternoon at 2 at the Federated Church in Garfield. Rev. Arthur Nannay performed the ceremony in a setting of white roses, carnations, pompoms, palms and candelabras. Miss Caroline Lewis of Schenectady was soloist. Given in marriage by her father, the bride and had Mrs. Lloyd W. Sandstrom, sister of the bridegroom, as matron of honor. Miss Gail Heller of Malden Bridge and Miss Edith Anne Liscinsky of Lebanon Springs were bridesmaids. Lloyd W. Sandstrom, brother in law of the bridegroom, was best man and ushers were Richard S. Tyde, brother of the bride and Richard L. Pease of Canton, the bridegroom's brother. After December 15, they will be at home at the Pease homestead on the Stephentown-Lebanon Springs road. Mrs. Pease is a graduate of New Lebanon Central School and is employed as a drafting trainee at the GE, Pittsfield. Mrs. Pease, also a New Lebanon Central School graduate, is engaged in farming. - November 26, 1951

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cummings of Averill Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Esther Cummings to Pfc. Ralph Geerholt, son of Mr. and Mrs.Fred Geerholt of Stephentown. Miss Cummings is a senior at Averill Park Central High School and Private Geerholt, prior to entering the service, was in the General Electric Co. He is now stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala. No date has been set for the wedding. - January 6, 1944. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary, to Pvt. Ivan Locke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Locke of Sabius. The wedding will take place Saturday afternoon at Stephentown. - August 18, 1944 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Pease of Stephentown announce the engagement of their daughter, Mildred Anne, to Lloyd W. Sandstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh R. Sandstrom of Lebanon Springs. Miss Pease, a graduate of New Lebanon Central School and Bishop Memorial Training School for Nurses, is on the staff of the Pittsfield General Hospital. Mr. Sandstrom is also a graduate of New Lebanon Central School and served in the Navy 14 months. He is employed in the contracting business with his father. MISS SWEENER FETED

Miss Shirley Anne Sweener was guest of honor at a bridal shower given by several friends Wednesday at the Taconic Valley Grange Hall, Stephentown. Fifty-three persons attended. Miss Sweener will be married to John Esposito, Jr. October 4 at Zion's Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, Mass. - September 17, 1958 ELLA SWEENER BECOMES BRIDE OF H. G. AMIDON

Miss Ella M. Sweener, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson L. Sweener of Stephentown Center, was married to Howard George Amidon, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Amidon of Cherry Plain, November 18, at Lebanon Springs with Rev. Oscar Arnold officiating. The bride wore a navy blue two-piece dress with sweetheart neck line, long pointed sleeves, a gray coat and a hat to match. She wore a corsage of white roses. Miss Emma Yerson, the maid of honor, wore a black dress with red accessories, a black coat and hat and a corsage of red roses. The bride's mother wore a gray silk print dress and a corsage of red roses, while the bridegroom's mother wore brown crepe with a corsage of white roses. the reception followed at the home of the bride's parents. After a wedding trip the couple will make their home with the bridegroom's parents. The bride attended Berlin Central High School and is employed by the Reis Mill in Berlin. Mr. Amidon also attended Berlin Central School and is employed by Arnold Brogue in Petersburg. - December 1, 1948 (This is my Aunt Ella, my mother's sister. Uncle Howard passed away about 1996, having been married for 48 years. They lived their entire married lives in the same house that Uncle Howard was born in, and that they moved into following their wedding trip. Aunt Ella sold the house a couple of years after Uncle Howard's death, and now lives in Bennington, VT., where she is a nanny to three small children. She has two grown sons and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.)

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hall of East Nassau today announced the engagement of their foster daughter Theresa Irene Corellis to Lawrence U. Sweener, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Sweener of Stephentown. Miss Corellis will be a member of next week's graduating class at New Lebanon Central School and plans to attend a comptometer school in Albany. Mr. Sweener is presently engaged in construction work with his father. - June 11, 1957 Doris Wheeler Engaged to Syracuse Senior

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Wheeler of Stephentown, announce the engagement of their, Doris Mae Wheeler to Arthur F. Stone, son of Mrs. J. R. Stone of Great Neck, NY. Miss Wheeler is an alumna of New Lebanon Central School. She was graduated from the University of Iowa School of Nursing, with a B.S. degree in 1946. she is at present taking courses toward her master's degree at Syracuse University. Mr. Stone is a senior in the College of Engineering at Syracuse University. He spent three years in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.

The wedding will be held October 14, at the home of the bride-elect in Stephentown. - August 27, 1950 Mrs. Douglas C. Williams of this town announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Dorothy Edna Barnes to Wyatt J. Haley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Haley of West Stephentown.

Miss Barnes, a 1947 graduate of New Lebanon Central School, is attending the Austin School of Beauty Culture, Albany, from which she will graduate in April. Mr. Haley is a graduate of Averill Park High School and the Agricultural Institute, Cobleskill. He is a former employee of the New York Power & Light Corporation and was employed for a time at the Thomas Garage, Lebanon Springs. He now is in the U.S. Army, stationed at Camp Pickett, Va. - February 23, 1949

Rachel Nichols is Married

An announcement was made today of the marriage of Mrs. Rachel Nichols of this town and George Williams of Troy. The ceremony was performed Sunday afternoon by Rev. Homer B. Silvernail at his residence in Watervliet. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Wheeler of Troy were attendents. - July 23, 1952 Miss Eva Goodermote of Stephentown, daughter of Mrs. Irving Geerholt and Norman C. Brown of Stephentown, son of Fred N. Brown were married Saturday night, February 13, at 7:30 in the parsonage by Rev. H. B. Silvernail at Lebanon. The couple are making their home in Stephentown. - February 23, 1944 DODDS OBSERVE 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dodd of New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, N.Y. observed their 50th wedding anniversary Monday. Their three children, William Dodd, Mrs. Sarah Murphy, and Miss Rena Dodd, entertained in their homor woth a family party at the Willow Tea Room in Troy, N.Y.

The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dodd of Stephentown, Dr. and Mrs. I. Spencer Dodd of Pittsfield, Mass., Mr. and Mrs. John Dodd of Bridgeport, Conn., and Mrs. Mary Dodd Craig of Brookline, Mass.

Mr. and Mrs. Dodd formerly lived in Stephentown. He was the pastor of the Stephentown Presbyterian Church where his father, the late Rev. Samuel Dodd had previously preached.

Since leaving town, Mr. Dodd has returned to the pulpit as guest speaker on many occasions. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dodd have been frequent visitors here where they have many friends. - September 17, 1947

William and Alice Bennett Holt's 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Leonard and Ellen Holt Smith, May, 1925, she was daughter of William and Alice Bennett Holt. Second picture taken on their 50th Anniversary, May, 1975

Inez Thompson To Wed John Poor in Fall

East Pownal, VT - Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Hayes have announced the engagement of her daughter, Inez Louise Thompson, to John Clinton Poore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Poore of South Shaftsbury. The wedding will take place in the late fall. - August 9, 1955 (Elisha Hayes was the son of Henry and Louisa James Hayes of Stephentown. Their photo is on the home page.) Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Reynolds of Stephentown announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Phyllis Reynolds to Pvt. Ernest C. Lindsay of West Palm Beach, Fla. Miss Reynolds is employed in the cashier's office of the General Electric Co., in Pittsfield. Private Lindsay is in the Quartermaster Corps and is stationed at Camp Shanks. No date has been set for the wedding. - August 9, 1943 Miss Marguerite Hall, daughter of Mrs. Jessie Hall of Salem, formerly of Stephentown, and Cpt. Francis J. Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Clark, also of Salem, were united in marriage Sunday, July 4, at the Congregational church in Rupert, VT. Rev. J. D. King officiated. The church was decorated with garden flowers. Miss Blanche Atwater of Salem, also formerly of Stephentown, cousin of the bride was the maid of honor and Miss Agnes Clark was a bridesmaid. Stuart Wever was best man and Royce Atwater was usher. following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Atwater. The couple left on a wedding trip - July 14, 1943 Mr. and Mrs. George Geerholt were given a surprise dinner party at the home of their son and daughter in law, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Geerholt Friday night in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. Those present included besides the honor guests and their son and daughter in law, their son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dewhurst, their daughter, Miss Esther Geerholt of Snyders Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lawless, son Morgan and Mrs. Minnie Carpenter of Stephentown. - November 5, 1942 Barbara Taylor, Clarence Peterson wed in Flatbrook

Miss Barbara Rita Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Finney of Canaan and Clarence Julius Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Peterson of Stephentown, were married at 2 Saturday afternoon in the Flatbrook Baptist Church. Best man was Walter Peterson of Stephentown, brother of the groom. After the reception, the couple left on a wedding trip. They will live in Stephentown when they return August 2. The bride, a telephone operator, graduated in 1951 from New Lebanon Central School. Mr. Peterson, who is a farmer, is a 1940 graduate of New Lebanon Central School. - Wedding Unites Stephentown and Lenox Persons

The wedding of Miss IolaMary Esposito, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Esposito and Antonio William Bartolotta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bartolotta of Housatonic Street, Lenox, took place at 9 this morning at Immaculate Conception Church, New Lebanon, this morning. The cremony was performed by Rev. Francis J. Schantzlein, pastor. The bride, given in marriage by her uncle, had as her maid of honor Miss Jeannette Esposito, a cousin and as bridesmaids, Mrs. Patrick Abotelli and Miss Minnie Esposito, cousins. Patti Farnum was a flower girl, Julius LaRover was best man and Daniel Durante and Amalio Esposito, cousin of the bride, ushered. - April 12, 1947 Miss Griffin Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis V. Griffin of West Stephentown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Lois Virginia, to Pfc. B. Harold Southard, son of Mrs. Anne Southard of Pittsfield, Mass. Both Miss Griffin and Private First Class Southard are graduates of the Averill Park High School. Miss Griffin is employed at the Troy Savings Bank. Private First Class Southard, who is stationed at the Army Air Force Techincal Training Center at Sioux Falls, S.D. was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal prior to his enlistment. No date has been set for the wedding. - September 27, 1943 Sutherland Marriage Held Today

Miss Dorothy Sutherland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Sutherland of Stephentown, was married at 2 this afternoon to Reginald B. Harrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Harrison of 61 South Onota Street, Pittsfield, Mass. Rev. Kenneth H. Wait performed the ceremony at the Presbyterian Church, which was decorated with gladioli and palms. Mrs. Ruth Lawless played the organ and Nicolas Soldato sang. When the couple return September 10 from a trip to Niagra Falls, Detroit, Chicago and Canada, they will make their home at 61 South Onota Street, Pittsfield. A payroll clerk at General Electric, the bride graduated from Berlin (NY) Central School Mr. Harrison, a Pittsfield High School graduate, is a partner in B.B. Harrison & Son, heating oils. He served in the Navy for 2 1/2 years, 1 1/2 of which he spent in the Pacific area. - August 9, 1950

Glady Eddy & Donald Sutherland

Roy Lapp & Bessie Eddy