The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on January 14, 1962 · Page 17
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 17

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, January 14, 1962
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m BAONB JOtlRmyriMES SOCIETY and WOMEN'S NEWS SECTION TWO January 14, 1962 Society, pages 2, 3, 4, 5 Chil4,Care^ Page 5,.^ Men's Fashions, page 6 Hbme Decorating, page 8 apt ear By Lucy Colbert If a crystal ball had been among the wedding presents Mr, and Mrs. George H. Wheary Jr. of 44 N. Vincennes Circle received 25 years ago, it might have told them: You twQ will celebrate your silver wedding anniversary at a party Jan, 6, 1962 in Racine Country Club —and the weather will be jiist as unfavorable as it was when you were married in t<;enosha on Jan, 2, 1937. Racine will be in the grip of a record-breaking blizzard, just as Kenosha was experiencing a bitter sleet storm. But it won't deter your guests, or spoil the fun. You'll be the parents of four sons, who will stand with you in the receiving line: George H. Wheary III, James T. W. Wheary, Fredric W. Wheary and Timothy M. Wheary. You'll have among your guests Mrs. George H. Wheary Sr., as well as five bridesmaids and four ushers. of your original wedding party of 18, Your guests will dance to the music of a "name" band. Although Skitch Henderson will be grounded by weather in Toronto, his band will be here in force. And you'll recall that Kay Kyser played at your wedding reception in the Kenosha Elks Club—he and his musicians came by bus> from Chicago, were delayed by the sleet, and caused more than a little anxiety for the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wilson of Kenosha. You'll have a second honeymoon. Your first took •you to Miami Beach, Nassau and Cuba. Your silver anniversary trip will be by jet—you'll fly to Europe for a three-months stay on March 24. You'll board the newly commissioned luxury liner SS France for the return trip on June 16, A crystal ball might have held some special personal forecasts for Jessie Mae Wilson Wheary. It might have predicted that: You'll choose the same white and silver color scheme that predominated at your wedding for your silver anniversary with accents of your favorite blue. Your bridal gown of Chantilly lace was encrusted with seed pearls, and over it you wore a coat of silver lame. For your anniversary ball, you'll wear white lace, an original design^ with its intricate seed pearl embroidery done in Paris. You carried white orchids at your wedding— you'll wear purple-throated orchids at your shoulder to mark your silver year. During,your 25 years of marriage, your husband will be cited as Citizen of the Year for his volunteer work in the community. He will hold important positions— in one year alone he will serve simultaneously as president of the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Racine Industrial De- ^ velopment Committee and chairman of the Community Chest Drive, In addition, he will serve as chairman of Goodwill, Inc.; on the Racine County Council of Boy Scouts; with the YMCA, On your silver wedding anniversfary, a private Mass •will be offered for your family. Two of your sons, Fredric and Timothy, will be the altar boys and Msgr, S, B. Witkowiak of St, Catherine's High School will be the celebrant. The family will be the guest afterward at a brunch for which the Sisters of St, Dominic will be hostesses. Your husband will have served the Catholic Church and many of its affiliated organizations in many capacities. To name some, he'll hold the chairmanship of the annual Milwaukee Archdiocesan Charities Drive; chairman of the fund drive to finance an addition to St, Catherine's High School; past grand knight of the Racine Knights of ABOVE, Mrs. George Columbus Council 697 and Wheary Sr. is pictured (far a member of the Fourth De­ left) at the buffet table. Preceding her in line is Mrs. Thornton Smith. In the background, Mrs. Charles Perkins Sr. and James Thomas. — Journal-Times Photos by Charles 8. Vallone Mr. and Mrs. George H. Wheary Jr. toast each other at their silver anniversary party. She is the former Jessie Mae Wilson of Kenosha, daughter of James T. Wilson and the late Mrs. Wilson, and granddaughter of Charles Nash, founder of the motor company of that name, forerunner of the present American Motors Corp. Wheary succeeded his father, the senior George gree of the Knights; member of the advisory board of Dominican College and a director of the Notre Dame University Foundation. Had this crystal ball been infallible, it would have told the Whearys that: His two sisters, both members of the original bridal party, would be here for the festivities. Mr. and Mrs, Richard S. Brazeau (Virginia Wheary) came from Wisconsin Rapids with their daughters, Ann and Mary. Mrs, James L, S. Ritter (Ruth Wheary) of Ash Flat, Ark. and her daughter, Mary ClTristine, a student at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, were here, too. * Other bridesmaids present were Mrs. Charles Nash Miller (Betsy Wilder) of Kenosha; Mrs. Tom J, Henkel (Jane Pfennig) of Kenosha; and Mrs. Jane Blair Allen of Kenosha. Ushers at the original wedding who attended the anniversary ball were Richard Brazeau, Charles Nash Miller, John N. Bode of Bloomfield Township, Mich., and Richard D, Miller of Racine, George H. Wheary 111 at(Tum to Page 2, Col, 4) Wheary, as president of Wheary, Inc., later merged with Hartmann Luggage Co. He now heads Wheary Investment Corp. They did not meet through Racine or Kenosha industrial circles, however. It was at Lake Geneva—and she was just 14. He was lounging on a moored sailboat, she was swimming, when they introduced themselves. ABOVE, Timothy Michael Wheary and his date, Jane Johnson. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Johnson. Timothy and his older brother Fredric, who escorted Eliza Wilder of Kenosha, were in formal garb. Four days eariler, on Tuesday, both wore cassocks as altar boys for the Whearys' anniversary Mass. LEFT, William R. Wadewitz, who has been in the news most often recently as the proponent of a new lakefront site for the future University of Wisconsin Racine Extension Center, is shown here in animated conversatton with two feminine guests. ABOVE, Mr. and Mrs. Wheary with five of their original bridesmaids, strike a Gay Nineties wedding pose, with the bridegroom as the center of attraction. From left, Mrs. Thomas Henkel (Jane Pfennig of Kenoslia); Mrs. James L. S. Ritter (Ruth Wheary) of Ash Flat, Ark.; Mrs. Wheary Jr.; Mrs. Vane Blair Allen of Kenosha; Mrs. Chiilrles Nash Miller (Betsy Wilder) of Kenosha; and Mrs. Richard S. Brazeau (Virginia Wheary) of Wisconsin Rapids. Unable to attend was the maid of honor, Mrs. Wheary's sister, Mrs. Daniel Donovan O'CoiuieU of Tucson, Ariz., the former Marjorie Wilson. Four ushers M the original wedding party wer^mong the guests. ^

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