State Historic Site
From the Wedding Books of Rosa-Maye Kendrick Harmon and Diana Cumming Kendrick
THE TRAIL END archives contain many different items: letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, flyers and posters; you name it, we have it. One interesting item is a fragment of a newspaper clipping describing the wedding of John B. Kendrick and Eula WUlfjen, celebrated on January 21, 1891, at the Methodist church in Greeley, Colorado. As part of the article, the correspondent enumerated the many gifts received by the happy couple. In addition to the "elegant diamond earrings" given to the bride by the groom (their $400 price tag in 1891 translates - with inflation - to over $10,000 in today's dollars), were were dozens of gifts from dishes and tableware to opera glasses and sofa pillows (see the partial list below).
Two other interesting objects are the wedding books of Rosa-Maye Kendrick Harmon and her sister-in-law, Diana Cumming Kendrick. Looking through them we see all the things a 1920s high-society bride enjoyed: parties, dances, teas, new clothes and a whole host of wedding gifts.
Rosa-Maye Kendrick received over 370 gifts celebrating her 1927 marriage to Hubert Reilly Harmon. Two years later, Diana Cumming - and Manville, of course - were the recipients of nearly six hundred gifts. These ridiculously long lists are reproduced here to give the modern bride an idea of how things used to be. Just imagine writing all the thank you notes - by hand!
WULFJEN-KENDRICK WEDDING GIFTS, 1891 (PARTIAL LIST)
KENDRICK-HARMON WEDDING GIFTS, 1927
CUMMING-KENDRICK WEDDING GIFTS, 1929
Some of Eula Wulfjen Kendrick's wedding gifts, 1891 (Hoff Collection, TESHS)