McLean-Dodge Nuptials Delightful Close to Year

The following is the text of a newspaper article, possibly from The State Journal of January 1, 1922. [According to other sources, this wedding was December 28, 1921.] Upon request, the Secretary can provide a copy of the article with its accompanying photo of Josephine Dodge McLean.

McLean-Dodge Nuptials Delightful Close to a Year Full of Weddings
Reminiscent of Colonial times, the Dodge home fashioned with its pillars and portico of white, set far back against the grove of willows in the curve of the Dodge drive as it circles the river, north of the city, was last evening the scene of the wedding of the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin L. Dodge. At eight o'clock the ceremony which made Miss Josephine Dodge the bride of Mr. Andrus B. McLean, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Mclean of Mansfield, O., took place. Rev. Arthur T. Reasoner of New York city performed the service.

Lohengrin's wedding march was played by the Satterla-Logan orchestra, stationed in the receiving hall. Mr. Franklin L. Dodge, Miss Dodge's father, first descended to the foot of the stairway to await the coming of the bride, while the other members of the bridal party came down the stairway, passed through the receiving hall and into the music room, taking their places at the altar. Mr. Donald McLean, of Mansfield, Ohio, attended his brother as best man, while Emmerson McLean of Princeton, N J., Robert Upson of Mansfield and Franklin Dodge, Jr., and Wyllis Dodge attended as ushers.

Miss Marion Esther Keeler, first bridesmaid, then appeared. Her gown was of shell pink chiffon and georgette. It was fashioned as were all the bridesmaid's gowns - with low round neck, with loose bodice and without ornament, save for a very narrow girdle of silver. It hung in soft, straight lines, the skirt caught up in a slight puff at the hips.

Miss Mary Gaffney of Cleveland came next and her gown was of hydrangea blue. She was followed by Miss Bethany Lovell who wore apple green, and Miss Elizabeth Wade of Cleveland, whose gown was of canary yellow. All carried Dutch bouquets of miscellaneous blossoms, bowed with satin ribbon to match their gowns, and their slippers of silver with silver buckles were gifts to them from Miss Dodge. A circle of ostrich feathers corresponding in color to the gowns were caught in the buckles.

Then appeared the miniature figure of little Miss Katharine Dodge, five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W H. Dodge of Cleveland, who scattered rose petals in the pathway of the bride. Her frock was a perky little affair of rose taffeta and with it she wore a ribbon bow of the same shade and the circle of pearls and sapphires, the gift of the bride.

Miss Marian Dodge, third and youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dodge, attended her sister as maid of honor. She was prettily costumed in orchid and lavender, fashioned in duplicate of the bridesmaids' gowns and her bouquet was of lovely pink roses and bebe's breath with bow of orchid tulle. She also wore the silver slippers.

Radiant in her wedding gown of white Salome velvet, the bride descended to join her father at the foot of the stairway. Her gown, created with deft fingers, lay in artistic drape about the figure, the folds fastened beneath an ornament of pearls on one sleeveless shoulder and at the side of the skirt with an ornament and deep fringe of pearls. It was made skirt length with a side train of the velvet tipped with orange blossoms extending from the one long sleeve on the right side. A full length court train of silver tissue hung from the shoulders. This was shadowed by the veil of tulle which fell from a semi-Russian headdress of rose pointe lace. She carried an arm bouquet of bride's roses and lilies of the valley. Her father escorted her to the altar arranged before the mantel in the music room. Here the bridal party, assembled, made a most charming picture.

For the occasion, this room of the home, with its lovely large fireplace and mantel, had been done in ivory, with hangings and furnishings of wisteria and ivory brocaded silk. The fireplace was banked with ferns and a bowl of bride's roses was mirrored in the glass above. A pre-dieu was placed in front of the mantel, upon which the bride and [. . .] was flanked first with the tall ivory wicker baskets filled with roses, then with golden pedestals with tri-corner holders each supporting eighteen lighted white tapers, which burned during the service. The rector wore his ecclesiastical robe of cream satin embroidered in gold.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Armstrong of Cleveland and Mr. and Mrs. Allan R. Black presided as masters and mistresses of ceremonies, and with Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Dodge, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. A. B. McLean were assisted in receiving the guests by Miss Ida Longyear, Miss Ida McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. William Donovan, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Black, Mrs. Allan Black and Miss Pauline Creswell of Grand Rapids. The Armstrongs and Blacks and Miss Martha House of Jackson and Mr. Augustus Wade of Cleveland were seated at the bridal table.

In the spacious dining room of the home, one long table was arranged, centered with a mound of sweetheart roses, swansonia and bebe's breath, while about the room and in the living rooms were baskets of Russell roses and bebe's breath. Southern smilax decked the balustrade in the receiving hall and chandeliers.

Mrs. Franklin Dodge wore black sequins over pussywillow satin, with silver trimming and Mrs. A. B. McLean also chose black sequins for the event. Mrs. Corwin Armstrong was charming in kings' blue velvet and silver and Mrs. Allan Black wore Nile green velvet.

Guests from away included Mr. and Mrs. W H. Dodge, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Fiske Reasoner, and Miss Florence McDonald of Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Grosvenor House and Miss M [. . . ] and Mr. and Mrs. William Ashbrook, Jr., of Columbus, O.

After the supper, served buffet, the orchestra played for dancing in the ball room. Mr. and Mrs. McLean left for Chicago Wednesday evening and after their trip will be at home in Mansfield, O., where Mr. McLean has charge of the western distributing department of the Rederick Lean Manufacturing company. Mrs. McLean wore a blue tricotine gown trimmed with Australian opossum, with a chic small black hat and black coat.