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Object Name Dress, Wedding
Catalog Number 2017.054.01
Description A green wedding dress. It is mid calf length. The dress has long sleeves with twelve small ruffles at the shoulder. The bottom of the sleeves and the back have button closures. The collar has a number of small green ruffles as well. The dress is peplum with four ruffles at the bottom. The front of the dress is fitted. There is also a green belt with the dress with two green circles at the center that connect with a hook and eye closure.
Collection LCHS Clothing Collection
Provenance Wilbur Charles Welda and Charlotte Eleda Olson were married on September 16th, 1936.

Date 09/16/1936
Dimensions W-18.5 L-46.25 inches
Length (in) 46.25
Width (in) 18.5
Dimension Details Width is of the shoulders
People Welda, Wilbur
Welda, Charlotte
Search Terms Wedding Dress
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Notes There was a note on one of the pictures that gives the story of how the couple met:

"Charlotte taught grades 1 through 8 at the Phillips Ridge School. She stayed at the McClintocks' during the school week. In these days, schools held basket socials at the beginning of the school year to raise money to be used for supplies. Each woman who came had prepared a basket or box of food to share with some lucky man. The baskets were decorated beautifully, but no names were put on them. An auctioneer then auctioned the baskets off to the men. Mildred and Kendall came to Charlotte's basket social. Kendall bid on a few baskets to get the profits up. Of course Wilbur was there, and he knew which basket was the teacher's. Calvin McClinstock bid against Wilbur, first to raise the price, but got nervous when he hit $6.50. Wilbur finally got Charlotte's basket for $7.00. That was a lot of money in those days."

Donor, the daughter of Charlotte and Wilbur said that her parents were married for 65 years. The donor also stated that her mother was making $75 a month as a teacher.