260 – A Morning Wedding

Tom Gallagher and Catherine Riley were going to marry. The wedding date was set – Saturday, June 10, 1922.

There were parties and bridal showers.

The Reids hosted a dinner party, Hurleys an announcement party. Mary McEniry and Lucille Cotterman had a bridge luncheon. The McGraths entertained at a porch party.

Place cards from Catherine Riley bridal shower – June 1922
The Sedalia Democrat – various dates, May and June 1922

The Bride’s Book

We’re lucky. We have Catherine’s Bride’s Book. Let’s learn about the wedding from the Bride’s Book.

We’ll accompany that with the Sedalia Democrat’s account of the wedding published Sunday, June 11.

The ceremony

The wedding day dawned warm and sunny. The ceremony was at 6 o’clock in the morning. That’s 6:00 A.M. It was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Father Christian Daniel officiating.

The bride wore…

Witnesses and attendees

Witnesses were Mary Agnes Riley and Henry Gallagher.

Out-of-town guests included Tom’s mother Ellen Gallagher of Lamar, and Tom’s boss Jesse Cole of Nevada, Missouri.

A honeymoon trip

Perhaps the reason for the 6 am ceremony was for the newlyweds to catch the 7:15 train to Kansas City and on to Chicago.


Tom and Catherine stayed at the luxury LaSalle Hotel, in the Chicago loop.

The hotel was planned, designed and built in the commercial district of Chicago as an upscale hotel for an elite and influential clientele, with luxurious and stately walnut-paneled rooms and lobbies. An elegant roof top garden was planned as a major attraction. When it was opened in 1909, it was hailed as the “largest, safest, and most modern hotel west of New York.”

La Salle Hotel – Wikipedia

The new hotel contains a total of 1,172 rooms, of which 1,048 are guest rooms with nearly 1,000 of which have baths and all the modern conveniences, and each room has hot and cold running water.

Hotel La Salle – Digital Research Library of Illinois History

Notes from home

The newlyweds received lots of notes and letters from well-wishers back home.

Notes from home. Hotel La Salle lobby and salon.

Shopping and touring

No doubt Catherine and Tom made the circuit of downtown department stores. Catherine could shop, while Tom probably enjoyed the logistics and displays. The grand Marshall Field department store was just three blocks from the hotel. The main floor was more than 400 feet long.

Dining and dancing

Catherine and Tom danced and dined and visited the hotel’s rooftop garden.

They must have been the most stylish couple on the dance floor. After all, Catherine had access to the newest fashions from Cole’s. She brought along four pairs of shoes, five hats, and a fur.

And as we’ve read before, Tom was a terrific dancer.

Back home

Too soon the honeymoon was over. Tom and Catherine were back in Sedalia.

Tom and Catherine were at home in Apartment 4A in the Hurley Apartments at Third and Quincy.

The apartments were owned by Catherine’s sister Irene’s family – the Hurleys. There were Hurley apartments all over town. The Hurleys had become a prominent Sedalia family. Edward Hurley was a developer and contractor in Sedalia in the late-1800s.

Hurley Apartments – 235 S Quincy, Sedalia

First dinner

The couple’s first dinner at home was an elegant one.

Catherine fixed a fabulous dinner to welcome them home. On Tuesday, June 20, 1922, the meal was presented at 6 o’clock. That’s 6:00 P.M.

  • Consommé
  • Courthouse Steak
  • Creamed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Stuffed Tomatoes
  • Hot Rolls
  • Cantaloupe a la Mode

The wedding and honeymoon were over. It had been perfect. Now the couple would take up married life back home in Sedalia.



2 thoughts on “260 – A Morning Wedding

  1. Janet March 29, 2023 / 9:16 am

    My favorite familynibbles so far! Well researched and well written! Bridge was the game in those years 😊. Not sure if we will ever see a granddaughter in the blue wedding suit tho.

    Thanks Mark for bringing family history to life!


    • Mark Jarvis March 29, 2023 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks Janet,
      One of my fav stories too. We’re lucky to have so much memorabilia and documentation about it.


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