CHURCH WEDDING IN OLD DEERFIELD.
On Thursday evening at 7 o'clock occurred the wedding of Miss Helen Sears
Childs and Frank Learoyd Boyden in the old Unitarian church. The decorations,
which were under the direction of Will Hutchins, were very effective consisting
of a large bank of mountain laurel, in front of the pulpit. The church was filled
to its utmost capacity, when the organ began the Lohengrin wedding march, and
the bridal procession started. The ushers, the bridesmaids, the flower children,
the maid of honor and the bride entered at the right, marched up the side aisle,
and down the center, where the bride was met at the pulpit by the groom, who
entered with the best man and the clergymen on the left. The Rev. Andrew Campbell
of Cambridge, formerly of Deerfield, performed the ceremony, assisted by the
Rev. R. E. Birks, pastor of the first church. After the benediction, the bridal
procession marched up the center aisle and down the left aisle to the strains
of Mendelssohn's wedding march. The ushers were Herman Chase of Hyannis, Frank
Brearby of Lawrenceville, N.J., Ralph Boyden, brother of the groom, all members
of the groom's fraternity at Amherst, Philip Ball of Boston, Will Hutchins of
Greenfield, and Albert Childs, the brother of the bride. Marcus A. Rhodes of
Taunton acted as best man. The bridesmaids were Miss Jean Greenought of Deerfield,
Miss Vila Breene of Springfield, Miss Sibyl Smith of Gardner, Miss Anna Russ
of Scranton, Pa., college friends of the bride, Miss Louise Sears, and Miss
Margaret Sears of Hawley, cousins of the bride. The flower children were Marguerite
Childs, sister of the bride, and Lenox Kimball of Athol, a cousin of the groom.
Miss Elizbeth Sampson of Duxbury was the maid of honor.
The bride wore white marquisette over peau de cygne, and carried a shower bouquet
of lilies-of-the-valley. The maid of honor was attired in light green batiste
and carried pink roses. The bridesmaids were dressed in white swiss muslin with
green sashes and carried bouquets of pink roses and maidenhair ferns.
Immediately after the ceremony a reception was held in Dickinson hall for the
600 or more guests present. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boyden received, assisted by
Mrs.Clara B. Childs, mother of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Boyden of Foxboro,
parents of the groom, Miss Sarah Carey, aunt of the groom, Miss Sampson and
Mr. Rhodes. Refreshments were served by friends of the bride. The Smith girls
and the Amherst men alternated in singing and in cheering for the newly married
At 9 o'clock the bridal party and the members of the two families were carried
to Wapping, where they saw the bride and groom take their departure for Springfield
a little later in an automobile. Mr. and Mrs. Boyden will spend the month of
July in Duxbury, and will not return to Deerfield till Sept. 1.
In addition to many gifts to the
newly wedded pair was a sum of
money, with the following letter.
June 27, 1907.
"Dear Mr. Boyden:
Here come the townsfolk of Deerfield to bring you their best wishes for your
happiness. We ask you to accept the enclosed, as a slight recognition of your
devotion to the best interests of our community.
Much as we appreciate your service as the head of our school, --much as we
rejoice that that the tie is not to be broken,--you are still dearer to us for
what you are, than even for what you do--an upright, judicious, fearless and
patriotic citizen whose example and influence is always to raise us above traditional
and sectional prejudice, and to unite us in a broad minded endeavor to work
together for the good of our whole town."