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Emanuel Lutheran Church, Freedom Township, Janesville, Minnesota, photographed June 7, 2007, by Joel Nickel

Kurt Mueller: Short shrift for the groom

The Waseca Herald described Kurt and Lorraine’s August 25, 1949, wedding in exhaustive detail but offered only a single, terse, almost irrelevant sentence about Kurt: “The groom at one time was employed at a drug store in Janesville.”

Kurt Mueller Weds Good Thunder Girl

On Thursday evening, Aug. 25, Miss Lorraine Pautsch, daughter of Mrs. Amelia Pautsch of Good Thunder, exchanged marriage vows with Kurt Mueller, son of Mrs. Helen Mueller and the late Rev. E.H.C. Mueller of Freedom township, Janesville, rural route 2, at St. John’s Lutheran church of Good Thunder at 6:30 p.m.

Rev. P. J. Seltz performed the double ring ceremony before an alter which was decorated with baskets of gladioli and cosmos. Professor A.H. Nitschke played the processional and recessional marches on the organ, and the song “The Lord Is My Shepherd” was sung preceding the ceremony by Herman Tonn and his daughter, Lois Tonn, accompanied by his son, Marvin Tonn. They sang “O Perfect Love” after the ceremony.

Attending the bride were her twin sisters, Verona and Viola Paulson, as maid of honor and bridesmaid, respectively. The former wore a gown of pale pink taffeta with blue French trim at the neck and sleeves and the bridesmaid wore a gown of nile green taffeta with pink French trimming. Both wore rhinestone necklaces, gifts from the bride. Their flowers were pink and white asters with white satin streamers.

Two clergymen, brothers of the groom, Rev. Herbert Mueller of Niagara, N.D., and Rev Gerhart Mueller of Tenstrike, Minn., attended him as best man and groomsman, respectively.

Ushers were William Pautsch, brother of the bride, and Ernest Mueller, brother of the groom, of Eagle Lake.

The bride wore a white slipper satin gown fashioned with a lace bodice and petal pointed long sleeves, bertha collar of satin outlined with a yoke of seed pearls and encrusted with Venice lace. Her fingertip veil fell from a Juliet cap of seed pearls, and she word a three-strand necklace of pearls, a gift from the groom. Her flowers were American Beauty roses.

The bride’s mother wore a gray and green flowered chiffon dress with a corsage of pink and white roses, while the mother of the groom wore a black silk dress with a similar corsage.

A reception was held at the home of the bride’s mother after the ceremony. Baskets of gladiolia and garden flowers decorated the home, and a three-tiered cake centered the table for the honored guests. Assisting with the serving were Mrs. Ernest Mueller of Eagle Lake, Anne Grodke, Mrs. Kermit Wiederhoeft and Mrs. Orin Wiederhoeft.

The groom at one time was employed at a drug store in Janesville.

Guests at the wedding included: Rev. and Mrs. F.J. Seltz, Professor and Mrs. A.H. Nitschke, Good Thunder; Mrs. Helen Mueller, Amboy; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Nickel, Jerry, Jimmie and Marki of Oak Park, Ill.; Mrs Armin Grams, Pauli and Bethy of Brookfield, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs Ernst Marquardt and daughter, Irma and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Marquardt and son Philip of Janesville; Miss Frieda Mueller of Eagle Lake; Mrs. O. Rosin, Blue Earth; Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Pautsch, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fleischman, Judy and Jeanine Hicks, all of Mankato; William Arndt, New Ulm; Mrs. and Mrs. Herbert Kietzer, Mirian and Norman of Vernon Center; Mr. and Mrs. Orin Wiederhoeft, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Tonn, Lois and Martin, Mrs. Amelia Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Wiederhoeft and Nancy all of Amboy; Willard Ziemle, Mr. and Mrs Paul Thew, Garden City; Mrs. Loise Rosin, Mr. and Mrs. John Gnadke, Anne and Johnnie, Lynda Arndt, Minnie and Adolph Kaul, Mr. and Mrs. William Pautsch, Renee, Marilyn and Arvid, all of Good Thunder.