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Judson Spencer, Vernon Spencer, Donald Spencer
Judson Spencer, Vernon Spencer, Donald Spencer

Mother kept a scrapbook in high school above is one page, although you can see bits of it have flaked away over the years. This page is a clipping from the Jackson Clarion Ledger but no date is saved with it.

Her three older brothers all entered the Army during WWII (her class graduated high school in 1944). Judson had been in for a while, completed OCS and was a Lieutenant. The middle brother, Vernon, went to basic at Fort Knox; he was later killed in the Battle of the Bulge.  Donald, the family jester, was an engineer at Camp Shelby in Mississippi; he wound up serving in the South Pacific. Even that didn't kill his sense of humor.

BROTHERS IN THE ARMY--First Lieutenant J. Judson Spencer is an officer in the Military Police at Fort Devens. Second Lieutenant Vernon C. Spencer was graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Ky. First Sergeant Donald Spencer is serving with the Engineers at Camp Shelby. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Spencer, 223 Columbus. 

On Tuesday evening, November 19, 1912, at St. Luke's Episcopal church, Ridgeland, Miss., was solemnized the, marriage of Dora Luella, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Judson D. Miner, and John Wesley Spencer

Going through another of my mother's boxes. This one contains letters and scrapbooks. Today I will post a newspaper notice of my Spencer Grandparents' wedding.  (This is Dora Ella Miner, daughter of Ella Colburn Miner who wrote the letter and journal I have blogged about earlier this year.)  I do not know which newspaper ran this article, but as the family moved to Mississippi from Illinois, I assume it is a newspaper from somewhere around Chebasnse.

In the same box were letters written to Dora from friends and family and soon I will blog about those.



The following excellent write-up of the marriage of a former resident of this community was sent us this week:

On Tuesday evening, November 19, 1912, at St. Luke's Episcopal church,  Ridgeland, Miss., was solemnized the, marriage of Dora Luella, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Judson D. Miner, and John Wesley Spencer, a highly esteemed young man or that community.. In the presence or a host of friends and relatives among  whom the bride and groom had grown to manhood and womanhood, they plighted their truth; the Rev. William Mercer Green, rector or St. Andrew's Episcopal church, Jackson, Miss., speaking the words which united the lives and destinies of this popular young couple. The church was beautifully decorated with arches of chrysanthemums, ivy and ferns, and, promptly at 8: 30  o'clock, to the  strains of Mendelssohn's wedding  march, the bridal party entered preceded by the ushers, Mr. Enos Miner, brother of the bride and Dr. John R. DeVeling. Then came the bridesmaid, Miss Iva Weimer, gowned in white and carrying a shower bouquet of pink bridesmaid roses and ferns. She was followed by the bride on the arm of her father. The bride was daintily clad in a beautiful gown of white voile and lace and carried a  shower bouquet of bridal roses and lace ferns. They were met at the chancel by the groom and best man Mr. Felix Battley, who entered from  the vestry.

A reception at the home of bride’s parents followed immediately after the ceremony. Delicious punch and other dainty refreshments were served by Mrs. Clifford Sykes and Miss Florence DeVeling. After viewing the many beautiful-and useful gifts which were  presented by loving friends and neighbors which attested  the popularity of this, charming couple,  the departing guests wished them a long life or happiness and prosperity.

Judson David Miner was at one time mayor of Ridgeland.