The photo is of my grandparents’ wedding in 1913. My grandmother Verona Mueller and her groom Richard Von Wald are seated to the left of the man with the white beard in the center of the photo. The following is a newspaper article describing the events of that day:
A PRETTY DOUBLE WEDDING
If the hosts that pilgrimed thither were any criterion, all roads led to Mill Creek Valley, on Saturday and the objective point was the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Mueller, near the end of the valley. They came on foot, they came by team and they came by automobile, but come they did.
The cause of this pilgrimage was a double wedding, which took place there on that day.
The marriage of Miss Emma Mueller to Mr. Bartley Jost and of Miss Verona Mueller to Mr. Dick Von Wald was solemnized by Rev. H. Heusser, of the Reformed church, at the above time and place. The ceremony was witnessed by Miss Mary Jost as bridesmaid and Mr. Edward Mueller as best man for the first named couple while Miss Selina Mueller and Mr. Elmer Von Wald served in the same capacity for Mr. and Mrs. Von Wald.
After the ceremony, congratulations were extended to the newly married couples, who with a host of invited relatives and friends, then sat down to a sumptuous wedding dinner. During the afternoon and evening many more guests arrived and all were most hospitably entertained, nothing being left undone to make the day one of enjoyment and rejoicing. The young people enjoyed themselves in dancing until daybreak of the next morning, while others spent the day and evening very pleasantly in different ways, all having a grand time. The Arion Singing Society, re-enforced by a delegation from the Frohsinn, rendered a number of songs which were highly appreciated and added much to the entertainment of the guests.
The parties to these unions are all members of well known and respected families of the above town and enjoy the esteem of all who know them. The brides are young ladies whose friends are numbered by their acquaintances only and whose home training has been such as to amply qualify them to assume the duties and responsibilities devolving upon the head of a household. Mr. Jost is one of the prosperous farmers and industrious, enterprising young men of the town of Alma and has a large circle of friends in this county. Mr. Von Wald, the youngest son of our worthy townspeople, Mr. and Mrs. Christ Von Wald, is a young man of good habits and his cheerful disposition makes friends for him wherever he goes and adds to his great popularity as his circle of acquaintances widens.
The young couples were the recipients of many beautiful and valuable presents as tokens of the esteem in which their friends hold them. That their journey across life’s stormy sea may be free from storms and breakers and that the sunshine of happiness and good fortune may ever illumine their pathway, is the wish of their many friends, among whom the Journal desires to be numbered.
The Buffalo County Journal
Buffalo County, Wisconsin
Thursday, September 4, 1913