Miss Claudia Levering Matthews - Mr. John Rainey McGinley II Wedding
The marriage of Miss Claudia Levering Matthews, daughter of Mrs. Skinker Matthews of St. Louis, New York and Paris, and Mr. Claude Levering Matthews of St. Louis and New York, to Mr. John Rainey McGinley, II., of New York, was solemnized in the Church of the Ascension, Fifth avenue, New York, at 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon. A reception for the young couple, given by Mrs. Matthews in the Hotel Ambassador, followed the ceremony.
Rev. George E. Norton of St. Paul’s Church, Rochester, performed the ceremony. He was formerly rector of St. Michael and St. George Church here, which was erected on a site given by the bride’s grandfather, the late Thomas Keith Skinker, on the old Skinker place on Ellenwood.
Mrs. McGinley’s gown was of antique French lace with a long train and was lent by a friend, according to the old tradition of good luck. The veil was of tulle and lace coronet with orange blossoms. The bride, a blonde, is tall and slender and the wedding gown with its long Medici sleeves was very becoming. She carried white orchids and lilies of the valley.
The only bridal attendant was Miss Jessamine Rugg Goddard, daughter of Mrs. Morrill Goddard of New York. She wore a coral and rust tulle gown with a bouquet of autumn flowers. Miss Goddard’s mother was Miss Jessamine Rugg of Little Rock, Ark., and a cousin of Mrs. David Stanley, who, as Miss Jane Fordyce, was a Veiled Prophet Queen.
The best man was Mr. Benjamin West Frazier of Lansdowne, Pa., a classmate of the bridegroom at Harvard. The ushers were Messrs. Rives Matthews, brother of the bride, George Rives Shaffer, cousin of the bride; Stewart Dyckman, H. Ayers Brinser, Alfred W. Baldwin and Benjamin Patterson Bole, Jr., of Cleveland, a cousin of the bridegroom.
Mrs. McGinley’s aunts, the Misses
Isabel and Bertha Skinker, motored from St. Louis for the wedding, and
a cousin, Judge Alexander Rives Hall of Montreal also attended.
Harry E. Sprague Clippings Scrapbook - Vol. 1, page 243