3 results for tag: Weddings


Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 27

Toward the bottom of the trunk I found the black wool suit formal jacket and vest that was part of a three-piece wedding suit belonging to William H. Kramer (Cramer) when he married Rachel Minerva Hendricks in Indiana, December 28, 1873.  The jacket has a two-button front closure, with no exterior pockets.  The back has two pleats with buttons at waist and a single back center seam vent.  It is fully lined with cotton and faille, the upper front bodice and under arm area is quilted.  There is one inside slash breast pocket.  Interestingly, there are two finished pocket-like gaps at in the lining at the back.  No ...

Exhibit: The Marriage Book Project

The Marriage Book Project Wedding costume from the 1800s An exhibit of wedding costume and photographs from pioneer to modern times. Includes costumes from our collection as well as some loaned items. If you or your family called the #Cheney area home, you are encouraged to bring in or send us your wedding photo or those from your ancestors to add to our marriage book.  We can scan your photo for you. Exhibit runs from May 2nd through September 28th.  Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, donations keep us going.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 13

 Charles A. Ratcliffe came to Cheney in March 1884 to represent the Frank Brother implements firm.  For those unfamiliar with Cheney history, Mr. Ratcliffe’s implement business evolved to in a Ford automobile dealership which was a fixture of Second Street in the downtown for over 100 years.  The Ratcliffe family was certainly influential in the development of Cheney, and Charles Ratcliffe served in the state legislature in the early 1900s.  But back to our story…….. In 1884, he was engaged to marry Louise Anne Bressler of Belleville, Illinois, but after seeing the primitive country here Charles wrote a letter to his ...