Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Smith
12 Feb 1949

Well, I’m on a roll with my mom and dad, I think this is appropriate.  Charles Marshall Smith and Betty Ellen Taylor were married on February 12, 1949[1] at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in McCool Juction, Nebraska.  They were such an adorable couple, and young, too.  Dad was 21 and mom was 19.

Society News

Betty Ellen Taylor Weds Charles Smith

Miss Betty Ellen Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor of Moorhead, Iowa, became the bride of Charles M. Smith, son of Mrs. Margaret M. Smith of McCool at 11 o’clock Saturday morning, February 12, at the St. Patrick’s church in McCool.  The Rev. Robert Trausch performed the double ring ceremony.

The bride’s gown of crepeback satin was fashioned with a scalloped neckline princess style with long sleeves coming to points over the hands.  Her full skirt fell into a long train.  A satin ornamental crescent held her finger-tip veil. She carried a white prayer book, marked with a red and white rose bud corsage.  She was given in marriage by her father.

Mrs. Mary Lou Kratz of Moorhead, Iowa was matron of honor and the bridesmaids were Rose Conroy of York and Ruth Neddermeyer, Colleen Smith, and Vivian Olson, all of Omaha.  They wore gowns of rose and baby blue taffeta, identically fashioned, and carried colonial bouquets.

James C. Smith, brother of the groom was best man, Robert Smith, George Smith, Gene Smith and Charles Kratz ushered.

Following the wedding a dinner was served to sixty guests at the York Legionnaire club.

After a short wedding trip the couple will make their home in Ottumwa, Iowa, where the groom is employed.

The out of town guest list was as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kratz and Mrs. Loys Neal, all of Moorhead, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bergstrand of Fairmont; Ernie Ross, Eleanor Sorensen, Beverly Lehman, Merrill Goff, Theresa Clouse, Mary Marr, all of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. John Conroy and family of Dorchester; Ralph Leif of Exeter; Kathryn Neville of Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Conroy, Jr. of Ansley and John Louis and Bette Conroy of Oconto.[2]


[1] Nebraska Department of Health, record of marriage, file no. 1262 (1949), Charles Smith and Betty Taylor; Bureau of Vital Statistics, Lincoln.

[2] “Betty Ellen Taylor Weds Charles Smith”, undated clipping, 1949, from York Daily News Times; privately held by Marcella (Smith) Garnett, Omaha, Nebraska, 2013.