Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1, 1941: The Smith & Rutherfurd Wedding

November 1 was my maternal grandparents' anniversary.  Seventy-two years after their wedding, I'd like to share some details and photos.

LaVerne Rutherfurd and Glenn Smith on their wedding day

Glenn Murray Smith and LaVerne Rutherfurd were married on November 1, 1941 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Los Angeles.  The church is located at 1920 Bronson Avenue in what is now known as the mid-city area.

My grandmother was escorted by her father, George Roscoe Oliver Rutherfurd.  Her mother, Julia Ellen Barrett, had passed away unexpectedly on June 30th, 1941, just four months before LaVerne was married.  Both of my grandfather's parents, Glenn Alvin Smith and Genevieve Frances Murray, were in attendance.

Glenn and LaVerne with Glenn's parents, Glenn and Genevieve Smith
Glenn and LaVerne with LaVerne's father, George Rutherfurd

This engagement announcement from the local newspaper, published September 20, 1941, gives information about the wedding plans.

...La Verne Rutherfurd, daughter of George R. Rutherfurd and the late Mrs. Rutherfurd, will become the bride of Glenn Murray Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Alvin Smith of 1744 Buckingham Rd.

Nov. 1 is the date for the Smith-Rutherfurd nuptials in St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Blackwell officiating.

Maid of Honor
Miss Margaret Mary Smith is to be maid of honor and attendants will include Mrs. Frank W. Doherty (Barbara Smith,) sister of the bridegroom, Mrs. John J. Conroy (Florence Allison), Miss Patricia Rutherfurd, Miss Cecile Hallingby and Miss Nancy Massey.

Robert Vaughn will serve as best man and ushers will be Frank W. Doherty, William B. Ross, Dr. William Donahue and Avery Fischer.

The bride-to-be is a Kappa Alpha Theta from the University of Southern California and is a provisional member of the League for Crippled Children.  She also attended St. Mary's Academy.  The bridegroom-elect is a Phi Kappa Psi from Stanford University.

Some additional wedding photos:


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    1. Thank you, Andrea! I am very glad to have so many photos of their wedding.

  2. You are the spitting image of your grandmother!