Emily Louise “Louise” Alvord Craig

Clark County, Washington, USA
Death unknown
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 140111825 · View Source
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Evening Star

Washington DC,

5 May 1880

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Two important branches of government service were interested in Miss Alvord’s wedding last night, as the army and navy will be in that of today.

Last evening witnessed an alliance between the army and coast survey, the bride’s father being the Paymaster General of the army and the groom, Dr. Thomas Craig, being a member of the U.S. Coast Survey.

He was until within a few months professor of mathematics in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and still continues a course of lectures there. He is highly esteemed by scientists in this country and Europe, although still under thirty years old.

Ascension Church was filled before half-past seven, the hour fixed for the ceremony, many having arrived before the doors were open.

The following gentlemen officiated as ushers and received and seated guests: Dr. Clark, of John Hopkins University, and Dr. Packard and Messrs. Maury and Dwight, of this city.

The decorations while not elaborate were very tasteful. Florists have found it impossible to supply all the flowers ordered from them for weddings this week. In front of the chancel was an arch of green studded with white blossoms; from its center depended a horseshoe of similar flowers. Another horseshoe was over the altar; and still another was on the reading desk. The font was filled with lovely calla lilies, and there were also stands of flowers in suitable positions.

When the bridal party arrived at the church door, the groom entered from the vestry with his “best man,” Mr. Stringham, of John Hopkins University. The wedding march was played as the procession came up in the church. The ushers, in couples, walked first and then the bridesmaids, two and two, who were Miss Mary Hammond, (daughter of the Representative from Plattsburgh, N.Y.) Miss Virginia Dogal and Miss Annie Snyder, of Georgetown and Miss Kate Johnson, (Admiral Selridge’s grand-daughter.)

The bride came last with her soldierly-looking father, General Alvord, who wore full dress uniform, as did all the other officers present in compliment to him. The groom met his bride at the chancel steps and led her beneath the floral arch, where their attendants were grouped.

General Alvord stood a little behind his daughter, and at the proper place in the ceremony responded by giving her to her chosen husband. Her choice had the most cordial approval of her parents.

The bride, who has a sweet, modest expression and peculiarly fresh clear complexion, looked charming in her chaste and elegant wedding dress of the riches cream white satin. The front breadth was shirred perpendicularly and had broad puffs between. Rare point de Venise lace ran up thee sides and across the front. The long full train was untrimmed, except for a narrow box-plated ruffle at the edge. The Square waist was bordered with points de Venise lace. The long tulle veil was fastened to the head with a halt wreath forming a coronet of orange blossoms and white lilacs. A bunch of white lilacs was clasped on the corsage by a gold bar studded with diamonds, the gift of Gen. Alvord’s brother in California. The handkerchief was exquisite, its deep border being composed of Duchesse point, point de Venise and point applique lace, the gift of Mrs. MacArthur.

The bouquet was of fine white fragrant blossoms, mingled with green.

Three ministers of the Episcopal church, wearing their white gowns, took part in the service. They were Dr. Elliott, the rector of the church, and his assistant and the venerable Dr. McCarty, a retired army chaplain, over eighty years old and very distinguished. He was chaplain of the regiment in which General Alvord was a lieutenant when serving in the Mexican War.

The bridesmaids wore white Paris muslin, trimmed with Valenciennes lace and white satin ribbon bows. Each carried a small basket containing a different color and variety of flowers. When the ceremony concluded, Dr. Craig and his bride led the way out of the church, followed by the attendants, each usher accompanying a bridesmaid, and General Alvord escorting his wife, who was elegantly dressed in a combination of pearl-colored silk and satin draped with fine black lace.

In the fashionable company who witnessed the ceremony were included as many Georgetown as Washington families, Gen Alvord and his family having for several years, lived in the former city. Among those observed very few of whom were invited to the reception at Gen. Alvord’s residence were: Secretary and Miss Bette Evarts, Gen. Sherman and Mrs. Fitch, Miss Julia Strong, Mrs. Harlan, Mrs. Field, Judge and Mrs. Ferriss, Judge and Mrs. McArthur, Representative and Mrs. Kimmel, Representative Klotz of Pa., Mrs. Breckenridge and Mrs. Dudley, Mrs. Blair Lord, First Comptroller Porter’s daughter, Mrs. E.G. Scott of Irvington, on the Hudson, and her little girl, Judge Johnson and his sister and daughter, Miss E. Callis Smith, Gen. Thomas, Mrs. and Misses Key, of Georgetown, Mr. and Mrs. Carille Patterson and daughters, Mr. Yoshida, of the Japanese delegation, Senator Saunders and family.

It was unanimous opinion that the wedding was an exceptionally pretty one, and appropriate to the youth of the bride and groom.

Miss Alvord, being of a retiring disposition, preferred to have a small number asked to the reception. General Alvord’s house would not have accommodated with comfort a greater number of guests than were present, about one hundred in all.

The horseshoe of flowers and the stands were removed from the church to the house and fragrant blossoms were placed in the mantel vases and on the tables.

A great variety of beautiful china vases, glass bowls and fine plaques were included in the many elegant presents the bride received.

The bride and groom went north on the train which leaves before 10 p.m.

On their return they will reside with her parents, whose only daughter she is.


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  • Created by: Carole Elizabeth Nurmi Cummings # 47178231
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emily Louise “Louise” Alvord Craig (Oct 1858–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 140111825, citing Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Carole Elizabeth Nurmi Cummings # 47178231 (contributor 47178231) .