January 12, 2011

A War-Time Wedding

Marriage Licenses
Rudolph A. Elling, 21, machinist, Napoleon, and
Donna Ordway, 19, defense worker, Malinta.

Back: Lorna Elling, Eldor Elling
Donna Ordway, Rudolph Elling
"Ordway - Elling Nuptials
On Sunday afternoon, October 29 (1943), Miss Donna Ordway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ordway, became the bride of Mr. Rudolph Elling.  The ceremony was performed in the home of the bride at Malinta by the Rev. Martin Zschoche, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Napoleon.  Attendants were Mr. Eldor Elling and Miss Lorna Elling.  The young couple will make their home in Toledo, Ohio
Those attending the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Elling, parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Elling, Misses Elinor and Louise Elling, Lt. Kenneth Musshel of the U.S. Air Corps, Mr. and Mrs. Henning**, grandparents of the bride, Rev. and Mrs. Martin Zschoche and Myra Berno of Toledo.
A tasty buffet supper was served by the parents of the bride.  The living room in which the ceremony was performed was decorated with beautiful bouquets of chrysanthemums.  The bride and the maid of honor wore beautiful corsages of American Beauty roses, while the groom and best man wore a buttonier of carnations."

**Newspaper error - should have been Mr. and Mrs. Ordway, grandparents of the bride.  There were no Henning grandparents and Donna Ordway's grandparents lived right next door and were very close to her, so it is most likely that they attended.
Both Donna and Rudy worked at the Willys Jeep plant in Toledo during the war.

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