Lilliputian Weddings

    I first began wondering what a Lilliputian wedding was when Paul Curran gave us some envelopes of
    negatives from the Milford News.  One said "Lilliputian wedding, 1949."  The pictures were of a
    wedding on the Community House steps.  About a week later, I came across a guest book for a 1940
    Lilliputian wedding in a file cabinet at the Bancroft Library.  Below is what I found in it.

                                    Hopedale Woman's Club Entertains With Lilliputian Wedding

    The bridal group of the Lilliputian wedding sponsored by Hopedale Woman's Club in the Community
    House in which nearly 50 youngsters, representing personages in Hopedale, took part.  Helene
    Draper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Bristow Draper, Jr., was bride, and the groom was portrayed by
    Robert LaFountain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert LaFountain. Picture caption, Milford Daily News    See

    From a guest book, dated February 13, 1940:

    Wedding party: Bride - Helene Draper
    Groom - Robert LaFountain
    Best Man - Daniel Steincipher
    Maid of Honor - Priscilla West
    Flower Girl - Lynda Kate Sadler
    Ring Bearer - Gerald Hazard
    Bridesmaids - Barbara Clark, Janet Moon, Rosalind Thayer, Ellen Brown, Cynthia Clark, Frances

    Signatures in the guest book:  

    Sylvia Stare                          Gladys D. Grant
    Doris Bell                              Grace M. Steincipher
    Isobel Callahan                     Helen MacLeod
    Helen Creamer                     Helen E. Peavey
    Betty Mathewson                  Robert Bruce Smethurst
    Robert LaFountain               Cynthia L. Clark
    Frances Webster                 Dorothy Young
    Rosamond Thayer               William T. Coy
    Joan Thatcher                      James Peavey
    Priscilla Sadler                     Frances Ammen
    Danny Steincipher               Janet Lapworth
    Beverly Markham                 Garfield Moon
    Donald Webster                   Edith Barrows
    Robert Noyes                       Jane Bridgham
    Harland Scribner                  Nancy Gibson
    Richard Draper                    Susan Dewar
    Colton Bridges                     Barbara
    Harriet Thayer                      Claude Snider
    Mary Louise Stare                Gladys Grant
    Jean Newhall                        Dorothy Murray
    Olive Day Bramhall              Priscilla Scribner
    Gladys Sanborn                   Jeanette Andrews
    Shirley Webster                   Nancy Calhoun
    Barbara Bell                        Judith Ripley
    Jane Newell                         Elinor FitzGerald
    Carolyn Henderson             Virginia Steeves
    Joanne Kearsley                 Beverly Sparhawk
    Yvonne Scanlon                  Pauline Shanahan
    Richard Callahan                Mrs. Eugene S. Newhall
    Shirley Mathewson              Hilda Chegwidden

    Shortly sending out the story above by email, I received the following: from my classmate, Phil

    Dan,    Okay, I confess.  I was illegally married to my cousin, Cynthia, as a  child.  The wedding was
    endorsed by my parents.  The entire expense was borne by the "Hopedale Woman's Club." I think my
    mother might have been club president at the time. I remember being dressed in a tuxedo and
    carrying a  cigar (that my dad made by wrapping masking tape around a pencil, and  painting it
    brown). The question I can't answer is, "Why?"  I dunno' if it  was a fundraising venture, or was done
    just for fun.  My memory ain't that  good!!!

    A few days later, I heard from Phil again. He had looked through old family photos and found one of
    the "wedding." Here's a bit of what he had to say about it.

    "I'm wearing a bow tie that's bigger than my head, a tuxedo with striped lapels, and I'm carrying a top-
    hat.  I look like a circus barker. The picture's dated March 12, 1949--it was taken by James S. Peavey!"
    Click here to see the picture.

    Now it appears that there were at least three of these weddings. It turned out that the guest book
    contains not only names and pictures from one in 1940, but also names of one held in 1949.) They
    were put on by the Community House Women's Club.  The names for the 1949 wedding party are:

    Bride - Patricia Perry
    Groom - Billy Ohlson
    Bride's father - William H. Thayer
    Soloist - Donald Seastrom
    Bridesmaids - Sally Lawrence, Lorna Smethurst, Patty Draper, Judy Nelson, Glenis Bishop, and
    Joanne Lemon
    Ushers - Russell Goff, Tommy Draper, David Miles, Robert Iacovelli, Albert Carl Gray and Roger

Newspaper article and photo of the 1949 wedding      

Click here for much more on the history of Lilliputian weddings (go to p. 281)

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Lilliputian wedding - Community House

Below are the signatures from the 1940 guest book.

    The wedding of Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) to Lavinia
    Warren was evidently the inspiration for "Lilliputian weddings," which
    continue here and there to the present time.

    The clipping below is from Wikipedia. Click here to go to the article.