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A wedding in the Page residence, 1906

By "Jim"

The October 17, 1906 News carried the engagement announcement of Miss Ethel Walcott Azbill and Mr. Louis Edward Schramm, the latter of Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Azbill was the daughter of Wilson Kendrick (W.K.) Azbill (who had first arrived in Adair County in the 1870s in association with the Columbia Christian College) and the former Miss Anne Eliza Page, an Adair County native, the daughter of George R. & Polly Page and a sister of James T. Page. The announcement stated that the ceremony "will take place on the 29th of November, 1906, at the old family home," referring to the residence of her uncle, James T. Page.

A longer article about the upcoming wedding a few weeks later mentioned that

Miss Azbill was born in Columbia, and although much of her life has been spent elsewhere, it may be said that Columbia has always been her home. She was educated at the University of Illinois where she specialized in Library Science. She afterwards became assistant librarian in the State Normal School of Wisconsin, and later, a member of the staff of the Cleveland Public Libraries.

Ethel and her brother Paul had lived with their mother and missionary-minister father in such divers places as Japan, Hawaii, and California. Also, in the summer of 1905, she had joined her aunt, Mary (Page) Blakeman and Mrs. Blakeman's daughter-in-law for a three-month tour of the Continent. Upon her return to Columbia, Ethel had served, if ever so briefly, as the coach of the L.W.T.S. girls basketball team.

The December 5, 1906 edition of the paper gave full coverage of the wedding:

Azbill - Schramm Wedding.

A Beautiful Affair Solemnized at Page Home.

One of the most beautiful weddings ever solemnized in Columbia was that between Miss Ethel Walcott Azbill and Mr. Louis Edward Schramm at the old Page home on Campbellsville street last Thursday morning at nine o'clock.

The house was most beautifully decorated with Southern smilax, chrysanthemums and palms and [in] the room in which the ceremony was performed an improvised aisle of white tulle and smilax led from near the door to the bower in the opposite corner, made of a bare tree with limbs banked with smilax and chrysanthemums.

The matron of honor, Mrs. LaFayette Page, in a beautiful imported pearl silk carrying a bouquet of white roses led the way, followed by Miss Azbill, in a handsome gown of Mauve Chiffon Cloth and white lace with a shower bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley, accompanied by Dr. Lafayette Page. They were met in the corner by the groom and Mr. Paul Azbill, the best man.

Eld. W.K. Azbill, father of the bride, performed the ceremony using the beautiful Episcopalian form, after which a short reception was held.

Immediately after dinner the bridal couple, accompanied by Miss Hermine Schramm and Mr. Paul Azbill, left in an automobile for Lebanon, catching the afternoon train to Louisville. From Louisville the party left for New Orleans and will go to Cuba provided the fever conditions there will permit...

(By the time Mr. M.L. Grissom bought the Page property in 1936, the long-time residents of the old home place -- James T. Page, who never married, and his widowed sister, Mary J. Blakeman -- were deceased. Mr. Page had passed in 1926 and Mrs. Blakeman in 1932, she being the last surviving sibling. In 1900, another brother, William J., also resided in the household, as did their widowed mother, Polly. William was born in 1850 and died in 1905; the obituary stated "his home had been in Columbia since he was a small boy." At the time of Polly's death in the latter part of 1900, the News stated she had been a resident of Columbia for about 40 years.)

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