Isabella is the fifth child and second daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Armitage) Meinzen. She was born in 1880. It was a pleasant surprise to find an article about her wedding in a Steubenville newspaper. While this article doesn't give me new information about Isabella it is an additional source for her marriage and it lists attendees at the wedding which may prove helpful in the future.
Isabella's name had several variations during her lifetime including Marie Isabella, Isabelle, Marie Isabelle, Marie Isabel, Marie Belletto, Marie B., and Belle. To relatives she was Belle.
A very pretty home weddding was sol-
emnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Meinzen on Wednesday, Nov.
20, at 11:30 A.M., when their daughter,
Isabella, was united in marriage to
Benj. R. Hashman, of Calais, O. The
attendants were Misses Lena Dreyer
and Hannah Meinzen, sister of the
bride, and Messrs. Joe Hashman,
brother of the groom, and Walter Mein-
zen, brother of the bride. The cere-
mony was performed by the Rev. Aug.
Bender. The bride was attired in white
Bedford cord, trimmed in chiffon and
ribbon. After the ceremony the guests
retired to the dining room where an
elegant repast was awaiting. The bride
received many valuable gifts.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Cropp, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Shuette, Mr. and Mrs. John Spahn, Mr.
and Mrs. Koontz, of Steubenville; Mr.
Chauncey King and Mr. Jacob Hash-
man, of Calais, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Hardy, of Mingo, O.; Mrs.
Thomas Hardy and sons Robert, Peter,
William and Jacob, of Brilliant, Ohio;
Miss Mary E. Hashman, of Wheeling,
W. Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meinzen,
Jr.; Misses Lena Woltjen, Kate Rock-
lege, and Mrs. Bender, of Steubenville,
O.; Misses Jennie and Anna Castner, of
Wills Creek; Messrs. Henry and Will
Notes and Thoughts
A mid-week, 11:30 a.m. wedding seems unusual to me, but perhaps it's just the times in which I live when most weddings take place on Saturdays.
This gives me a good idea of Belle and family's friends, neighbors, and possible relatives. It may be worth comparing who was at this wedding with who attended other weddings in the family.
I try to imagine hosting this many people to a sit-down meal in my home and can not. It would have required immense effort considering that there was no refrigeration as we know it and cooking was probably done on a wood-burning stove. How many women worked to prepare this meal?
The only siblings named as attendees were Belle's older sister, Hannah, and her brother and sister-in-law, Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Meinzen. Belle's younger siblings included Walter, 18; Mina, 15; Lula, 14; Bertha, 13; Robert, 11; Jacob, 7; and Naomi, 2. Did they attend the wedding? Several of the girls were old enough to help with preparations, serving, and childcare.
Once again, I wish I had a photo of the young Isabella in her wedding gown with her husband, her bridal party, and her parents.
This article, found at MyHeritage (but currently not available there) was published in the Steubenville Herald on November 29, 1901, page 6.
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