The marriage of Sidney Borreson, Emil and Gina’s youngest, to Irene Stensby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Odell Stensby of Larkin Valley (near Blair), took place Saturday, September 30, 1950 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Whitehall, Wisconsin. The Rev. O. G. Birkeland was the presiding minister.
“O Perfect Love” and “O Happy Home” were sung by Phillip Thomte, who was accompanied by Mrs. John O. Gilbertson who also played the traditional wedding marches.
The bride wore a gown of heavy white satin with a long train. “Its net yoke was trimmed with ruffled satin and lace. Her veil of lace-edged net fell from a beaded crown. She wore a single strand of pearls, gift from the bridegroom, and her arm bouquet was of pink and white roses.” Irene’s maid of honor was Miss Adeline Lien of La Crosse; her bridesmaids Mrs. Odell Borreson of Whitehall and Mrs. Garven Borreson of Ettrick. Junior bridesmaids were Jean Nyen and Marlys Torud. Lesley Borreson and Glenn Borreson were flower girl and ringbearer respectively.
The best man was Donald Estenson of Whitehall, and the groomsmen Odell and Garven Borreson. Ushers were Vernon Estenson and Irvin Mallum.
“Places were set for 180 in the church parlors for the reception,” where the tables were decorated with summer flowers and autumn leaves. (Note: see Irene’s comments following my “Barn Dance” post May 26, 2011 about their non-wedding-dance!)
Following a weekend wedding trip, the couple returned to La Crosse where Sidney worked for the Trane Company, and Irene was a stenographer in the office at Lutheran Hospital.