Blanche S. <I>Sleeper</I> Smith

Blanche S. Sleeper Smith

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Sep 1912 (aged 47)
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 8, Lot 23, NEC
Memorial ID 74961335 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1872.

•See Joseph Kiebler.
•See Annie Laurie Brockway Nevers.
•See Fannie Mulrine.
•See Belle Low Rosser.
•See Lillian j. Ferris Spencer.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

      A very pleasant surprise party of young people at Capt. Sleeper's last evening. Miss Blanche Sleeper and Lulu Preston received their numerous friends, and all enjoyed themselves to their hearts' content. These reunions furnish any amount of entertainment for the young folk. Surprise parties are in order. (Brainerd Tribune, 28 February 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

      Thursday evening of this week about thirty of the young friends of Miss Blanche Sleeper, it being the evening of her 15th birthday, entered her father's residence, with music, and formed themselves into a dancing party. When all was arranged, very quietly, a delegation was sent to the parlor, where Blanche's attention had been meanwhile engaged in a game of casino, and requested her to go to the dining room. The situation was a surprise. After mutual congratulations and explanations, dancing was proceeded with and continued until 12 o'clock when refreshments were served. After which Mr. Charles Johnson stepped forward and with many very graceful compliments, in behalf of her many friends, presented Miss Sleeper with a very valuable ring in token of their regard. Miss Blanche was highly pleased and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the kindly demonstration. The enjoyment of the occasion was unbounded, and all felt that they had passed a very pleasant evening. (Brainerd Tribune, 20 March 1880, p. 1, c. 4)

      A very enjoyable affair occurred at the residence of Capt. C. B. Sleeper, last evening, it being the anniversary of Miss Blanche's birthday, and a number of her young friends assembled in honor of the occasion. Those who desired were permitted to test their terpsichorean proclivities until the "wee, sma' hours" of the morn, and all went merry as a marriage chime. (Brainerd Tribune, 19 March 1881, p. 1, c. 2)

      Miss Blanche Sleeper is now attending school in Minneapolis. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 September 1881, p. 5, c. 2)

      The event of the season will be the wedding ceremony at St. Paul's church on Wednesday evening, Sep. 5th, of Miss Blanche Sleeper and Mr. J. L. Smith. The parties are both well known in Brainerd, the bride being the daughter of Col. Sleeper, and who has a host of friends in the city and elsewhere who will wish her lifelong happiness in the step she is about to take. Mr. Smith is engaged at present with the mercantile house of Linnemann & Koop and is a gentleman of rare business tact and excellent principle. The ceremony is set for 9 o'clock, after which the invited guests will repair to the Sleeper residence where a reception will be held. The couple will leave for the east on the 2:00 train train and will spend a few days visiting friends and relatives in Buffalo and elsewhere, after which they will return to Brainerd which will be their future home. (Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 30 August 1883, p. 3, c. 3)


            Marriage of J. L. Smith and Miss Blanche Sleeper.

      According to the invitations previously issued, the above event took place at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at the corner of Seventh and Juniper streets, on Wednesday evening, September 5th, 1883. The hour for the ceremony was set at 9 o'clock, but long before that hour the church was filled to overflowing, in fact the doorway and entrance was crowded with invited guests to witness the impressive ceremony. At precisely 9 o'clock, there was a rustling at the doorway which announced the arrival of the bridal party. They were escorted to the chancel by the ushers in the following order: Messrs. Koop and Parsons, followed by the bridesmaids and groomsmen, Mr. Ed. Hazen and Miss Jennie White, Dr. Kennedy and Miss Maud Sleeper, then came the bride's mother, Mrs. C. B. Sleeper, supported by the bridegroom, the bride, Miss Blanche Sleeper, being escorted by her father, Col. C. B. Sleeper. In the rear was [sic] two little girls, Miss Ethel Mason and Kinnie Wakely, who strewed flowers in the walk of the party, after which came the ushers, Messrs. F. M. Cable and Harry Gross. The bridal party took their position before the altar, where the solemn and impressive ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Hawley. The altar was handsomely decorated with flowers and they certainly made a very comely wedding party.
      The bride was dressed in cream colored gro-grain silk trimmed with costly white lace and made with a long train, while orange blossoms and a long tulle veil hanging down in graceful folds helped to complete the suit [sic]. Miss Maud Sleeper and Miss Jennie White, the bridesmaids, were dressed to suit the occasion, the former in white India mull, en train, the latter in Swiss muslin and satin en train.
      The party repaired from the church edifice to the residence of Col. Sleeper on Laurel, where the reception was held from 10 till 11, and the newly married couple received many a hardy congratulation for their life-long happiness and prosperity. The refreshments were served in the new opera house and an elegant repast it was indeed, the tables being ladened [sic] with all the luxuries of the season.
      Mr. and Mrs. Smith took the 2:15 train for Buffalo, N. Y., where they will visit for a few days and they will make a tour of the eastern cities and Canada, returning to their future home at Brainerd in about four weeks.
      The following is the list of presents which were tendered to the couple and by a careful perusal they will be seen to be very elegant and costly:
      To the bride from her father and mother, lot 12, block 39, first addition to the town (now city) of Brainerd.
      To the bride and groom from Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Sleeper, lots from 1 to 9 inclusive, in block 2 in Sleeper's Park addition to the city of Brainerd.
      Cuckoo clock, P. Mertz and wife and F. L. Matteson and wife.
      Silver cake basket, Dr. W. B. Kennedy.
      Silver and gold berry dish and a basket of elegant flowers, Ed. Hazen.
      Berry dish, R. Parker and wife.
      Berry dish, Mr. and Mrs. Witt.
      Berry spoon, Mabel Jones.
      Ice bowl, J. L. Potts, St. Paul.
      Pickle dish and fork in case, Frank W. Farnham and wife.
      Steel engraving, Alfred Wunderlich.
      Butter knife and sugar spoon in case, O. T. Brigham and wife.
      Pickle castor, Emma Wadham.
      Card receiver, C. D. Johnson.
      Card receiver, F. B. Thompson and wife.
      Card receiver, Miss Mamie Metcalf.
      Card receiver, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Parker and wife, Verndale.
      Card receiver and vase. A. G. Michie and wife.
      Elegant easy chair, Miss Maud Sleeper.
      Elegant easy rocking chair, G. W. Holland.
      Silver and gold set, five pieces, members of the Ladies' Guild of St. Paul's church.
      Butter dish, J. R. Moore.
      Spoon holder and a gold-headed cane, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Heard.
      Webster's unabridged dictionary, Henry Mahle.
      Half dozen salt casters in case, Wm. Spencer.
      Jewel casket, glove box, half dozen forks and spoons and an elegant basket of flowers, J. H. Koop and wife.
      Elegant silver water pitcher and caster, from the employees in the grocery department of J. H. Koop's store.
      Elegant book case and etagere combined, C. E. Smith and wife.
      Plush album, Cohen Bros. [Henry I. Cohen]
      Elegant Russian leather case and dozen berry spoons and sugar sifter, Mrs. Geo. Forsyth.
      Half dozen knives and forks, Harry Gross.
      Berry spoon and case, Mrs. J. N. Nevers.
      Pie knife in case, Mrs. R. G. Matteson.
      Byron's poems, Hon G. G. Hartley and wife.
      Ebony clock, Hon. C. F. Kindred and wife and Miss Guest.
      Water color painting, Dr. A. W. Parsons and wife.
      Pair of silver napkin stands, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Gleason.
      Half dozen spoons in case, A. E. Wilson.
      Case of nut picks and crackers, I. T. Dean and wife.
      Berry spoon and case, A. P. Farrar and wife.
      Pickle caster and sugar spoon, T. H. Vane and wife.
      Gold lined cup and saucer, Miss Gillis.
      Gold lined cup and saucer, J. S. Gardner and wife.
      Gold thimble and hand painted tidy, E. N. Donaldson and wife.
      Pickle caster, L. E. Lum.
      Berry dish, Dr. and Mrs. [John] Howes.
      Spoon holder, Rev. Terwilliger and wife.
      Two sets table linen, F. H. Elvidge and wife.
      Gilt frame and oil painting, executed by herself, Miss Ella Elvidge.
      Toilet set, Miss Jennie White.
      Sugar spoon, Mrs. L. P. White.
      Pickle fork and butter knife, Mrs. O. Smith, Springfield, N. Y.
      Card case, fruit dish and plates, A. H. and E. L. Bennett.
      Elegant cake stand, J. H. Davenport.
      Toilet set, Miss Addie Bennett.
      Water pitcher, H. W. Simons and wife.
      Sirup [sic] pitcher, F. Hartley and wife.
      Butter dish, C. Iaichner and wife.
      Elegant hand painted tidy, Miss Minnie Gleason.
      Brussels rug, C. V. Wadham and wife.
      Banner tidy, Mrs. W. A. Smith.
      Banner tidy, G. S. Fernald and wife and Mr. and Mrs. Shaw.
      Sugar spoon, Miss Kate Robinson.
      Half dozen towels, Misses Lu and Jessie Preston, Bismarck.
      Elegant diamond crescent pin, groom.
      White pearl opera glasses, J. A. McKeg.
      Student's lamp, A. Armstrong.
      Elegant basket of flowers, F. M. Cable and wife.
(Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 06 September 1883, p. 3, c. 4)

      Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Smith are expected home to-morrow from their eastern trip. They will be domiciled for the present at the Sleeper residence on Broadway. Their many friends here will be glad to hear of their arrival. (Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 27 September 1883, p. 3, c. 2)

      The Minneapolis Tribune of yesterday says Mr. and Mrs. John Lindsay [sic] Smith, of 2323 Bryant avenue, gave a cinch party last evening at which they entertained 35 guests to occupy nine tables. The rooms were prettily decorated with palms, white chrysanthemums and roses. At the conclusion of the games, refreshments were served. The decorations in the supper room were pink roses. Mrs. Smith will entertain 50 ladies at a euchre party tomorrow afternoon. (Brainerd Dispatch, 03 December 1897, p. 8, c. 1)

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