Martha (Cordes) and William Kirmse – Wedding Party

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Martha (Cordes) and William Kirmse - Wedding Party
Martha (Cordes) and William Kirmse – Wedding Party

Source: Helen (Kirmse) Hacker shared this photograph October 2003.
Source: Helen (Kirmse) Hacker shared this photograph October 2003.

Who

  • Martha Margaretha Cordes, daughter of Margaretha Meier and Heinrich “Henry” Cordes
    Martha Margaretha Cordes
    Martha Margaretha Cordes
  • Wilhelm “William” Kirmse, son of Barbara Kraus and Julius Kirmse:
    Wilhelm "William" Kirmse
    Wilhelm “William” Kirmse
  • Johanna Katharina Kirmse, daughter of Barbara Kraus and Julius Kirmse. She is the sister of the groom, William:
    Johanna Katharina Kirmse
    Johanna Katharina Kirmse
  • .Immanuel “Emanuel” Hermann Meier, son of Maria “Mary” Bertha Eggers and Johann Heinrich Meier.  He is a cousin of the bride, Martha Cordes.
    Immanuel "Emanuel" Hermann Meier
    Immanuel “Emanuel” Hermann Meier
  • Louis Kirmse, son of Barbara Kraus and Julius Kirmse. He is the brother of the groom, William:
    Louis Kirmse
    Louis Kirmse
  • Marie “Mary” Christina Cordes, daughter of Margaretha Meier and Heinrich “Henry” Cordes.  She is the sister of the bride, Martha.
    Marie "Mary" Christina Cordes
    Marie “Mary” Christina Cordes
  • Joseph “Joe” Kirmse, son of Barbara Kraus and Julius Kirmse.  He is the brother of the groom, William:
    Joseph "Joe" Kirmse
    Joseph “Joe” Kirmse

What

Martha (Cordes) and William Kirmse – Wedding party portrait.

The “Hochzietesbitter” (wedding iniviter)

Louis Kirmse with his garland decorated hat
Louis Kirmse with his garland decorated hat

“Dad [Louis] was the “Hochzietesbitter” (wedding iniviter) for William’s wedding. He was dressed in wedding attire plus a hat decorated with a garland of flowers and a horse to ride which also was decorated with garlands of flowers.  He would ride from place to place to invite the guests.  Upon arriving, he would say “Hochziete Hochziete Hochziete” (Wedding Wedding Wedding).  Then the names of the wedding pair, with details of where and when, etc.  This was the highest honor of the wedding party (even higher than the best man).” [1]

When

February 11, 1904

Where

Farrar, Missouri

Notes

  1. Shared by Helen (Kirmse) Hacker October 2003.