Hemingray/Hollinger Wedding


Publication: The Terre Haute Morning Star

Terre Haute, IN, United States
vol. 57, no. 276, p. 10, col. 1-3


One of the prettiest of the autumn home weddings was yesterday morning's ceremony at which Miss Eva Hollinger, only daughter of Mrs. Martin Hollinger of South Fifth street, became the bride of Mr. Ralph Hemingray of Muncie. The ceremony was performed at 10 o'clock at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. John R. Crapo in South Sixth street, in the presence of about fifty relatives and very close friends. The decorations throughout the house were elaborate. In the reception hall tall palm trees and ferns were used. In the ceremony room, the fireplace and consuls were baked with ferns and cosmos, intersperced with lighted tapers in massive old oriental candlesticks. An altar of palms, southern smilax and American beauty roses filled the archway in the west windows where the wedding party assembled for the ceremony. In the library there were cosmos and ferns used in great profusion.

Promptly at 10 o'clock to the strains of Lohengrin played by a stringed orchestra, concealed by palms on the upper balcony, the bridal party descented the stairs. George and Fred Crapo, cousins of the bride, come first bearing white satin bands with huge bow ends, forming an aisle for the bride and her attendants.

Rev. J. D. Stahley of Christ's Church, Indianapolis, who officiated in the absence of Rev. John Sulger, pastor at St. Stephen's church who is in Virginia, was accompanied by Jack Crapo, another cousin who carried the paryer books for the bridal couple. The three boys who are members of St. Stephen's surplice choir, wore their choir vestments. Last came the bride on the arm of her grandfather, Mr. Frederick C. Fischer, who gave her in marriage. They were met at the altar by Mr. Hemingray and his best man, Mr. Daniel Hemingray of Covington, Ky. At either side of the mahogany priedieu on which knelt the bride and groom fo the betrothal and ring ceremony were tall cathedral candelabra, bearing unhooded tapers. The bride wore her travelling gown, a tailored brown chiffon broadcloth with hat, gloves and shows to harmonize.

Her corsage bouquet was of English violets pinned on with one of her wedding gifts, a brooch, a horseshoe of pearls. Her other jewel was a beautiful ring, an oblong emerald surrounded by diamonds in antique setting, the gift of the groom.

An informal reception followed the ceremony and an elaborate wedding breakfast was served. The bridal party and out of town guests occupied a long table, where covers were laid for 14. Ten small tables were placed throughout the lower floor. The bride's table had for its center a gorgeous French basket of La France roses. In a cricle around the basket were American Beauty roses in tall crystal vases. The place cards were in water colors in autumn tones. Yellow chrysanthemums, nasturtiums and yellow cosmos, banked the sideboard, the buffet and cabinet s in the dining room.

Mr. and Mrs. Hemingray left at noon for an extended trip, first going to St. Louis, later to Colorado and later to the coast, from where they will return to Muncie and will be at home to their friends at the bridegroom's home.

The bride and groom eluded their well wishing friends in a unique manner. Whe the last course was served at breakfast, the butler by previous arrangement with the bride, asked her to answer a long distance call from Muncie. Explaining to the guests that Mr. Hemingray might be needed to reply to some congratulatory friends, they calmly walked from the dining room, upstairs, down a private back stairway, thence through the kitchen to a waiting cab and to the station. The guests who were listening to a funny story from the clever Alice Fischer, aunt of the bride, missed the bridal couple after a while, and although Adolph Gagg, Sam Royse, several others of the party followed in automobiles to the station, the clever bridal couple were safely out of town.

Mr. Hemingray is president of the Hemingray Glass Company at Muncie. Miss Hollinger is the only daughter of the late Martin Hollinger, one of the city's most prominent attorneys.

The guests from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Shinkle, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Cross, Dr. and Mrs. Fletcher [sic] Frank Cross, Mr. and Mrs. A. Clifford Shinkle, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hemingray of Covington, Ky., Dr. A. K. Smith of Springfield, O., Messrs. Herbert Johnston, Paul Richey, and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Warrington McAbee, and Miss Luella Hemingray of Muncie, Mrs. John Crawford Bartley of Philadelphia.

A number of striking cosumes were worn. Mrs. Martin Hollinger, mother of the bride, wore a beautiful silver gray sapho silk, with rich lace trimmings. Her jewels were antique garnets, an heirloom. Mrs. Frederick Fischer, grandmother of the bride, wore a black satin with duchess lace bertha, emeralds and pearls in antique design; Mrs. John Crapo, aunt of the bride, black chiffon cloth, made empire, with lace trimmings. Her jewels were diamonds and pearls.

Mrs. William Harcourt King (Miss Alice Fischer) wore a white chiffon broadcloth, with copper and gold passementarie in rose patterns. A coat of Irish lace completed her costume and she wore a Gainsborough hat of Irish lace and ostrich plumes. Mrs. Phillip McAbee wore pale pink chiffon and pink hat with pink plumes; Miss Luella Hemingray, pale green louisaine silk, with lace trimmings, black picture hat; Mrs. Bradford Shinkle, silver gray sapho silk and lace, gray lace hat. Mrs. Cross of Covington, Ky., wore a striking creation in black and white, with big black hat. Mrs. Herman Hulman had a striking costume of taffetain the new purple tone, hat to match. Mrs. Bruce F. Failey wore pale green silk and lace, large white hat. Mrs. A. J. Crawford and her daughter, Mrs. John Crawford Bartlett, wore white crepe de chene gowns with Irish lace trimmings. Mrs. Eugene V. Debs wore black silk, with duchess lace bertha; Mrs. L. S. Briggs, black silk and lace; Mrs. P. M. Foley, French costume in shades of old blue and white; Mrs. John Sulger, white cloth tailored suit, white picture hat; Miss Mary Gray, white chiffon over silk.

The wedding gifts, which were elaborate in the extreme, were shown the bride's friends a few days before the ceremony at her home.

Keywords:Hemingray Family : Ralph Gray Hemingray
Researcher notes: 
Supplemental information:Articles: 2592, 4357, 4358, 4359, 4361
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:November 21, 2006 by: Bob Stahr;