Early Weddings at Island Falls
Olive and Jack.

The Rev. Syms made a trip to Island Falls today by snowmobile. The purpose of his trip was to unite in marriage Jack Barkwell and Olive Shaw. The ceremony took place promptly at 8 p.m. in the Barkwell cottage with just a few friends present. Immediately after the ceremony a supper was held in the hall. The tables were very nicely decorated and everyone was happy over the event. Immediately after the supper a dance took place which continued on until the early hours of the morning. We all wish Olive and Jack a very happy married life.

This was the first wedding to take place in Island Falls so we have this day made history.

March 19, 1936: Alf Broster and Doris Pay

Island Falls celebrated its second wedding today which was a public ceremony held in the gymnasium of the hall. Miss Doris Pay of Sedely, Sask. Became the bride of Alf Broster, our carpenter.

A 8.25 p.m. the groom, accompanied by Vic Rogers as best man, took their seats in the front row. Promptly at 8.30 the bride entered on the arm of myself to the strains of Lohengrins Wedding March played by Mrs. Olson. The bride was dressed in a white satin gown and veil and carried a bouquet of red roses. She was attended by Mrs. Eric King as Matron of Honor, who wore a green taffeta gown and carried a bouquet of pink roses. The procession passed down the carpeted aisle to stand under an arch of evergreen boughs  prettily set off with pink and white flowers and streamers. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. E.A. Syms of Flin Flon. During the signing of the register,  Mrs. D.E. Simons sang “I Love You Truly”.

Immediately after the ceremony everyone retired to the ballroom on the upper floor for the reception and sat down to a dainty supper. The tables were prettily decorated with two wedding cakes and pink tapers as well as pink and white roses. Eric King proposed the toast to the bride which was fittingly responded to by Alf. Vic Rogers proposed the toast to the Matron of Honor. A dance followed which was enjoyed by all.

Neil, Beryl, Doris and Alf.

August 7, 1936: Neil Rutherford and Beryl Pearson

We had a very pretty wedding in camp this evening at 7.30. Our dance hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion, the improvised altar making a lovely setting. The bride, Beryl Pearson, was attended by Mrs. W.P. Shaw as her matron of honor, while Neil Rutherford, the groom, was supported by Cecil Cameron. Mr. W.P. Shaw have the bride in marriage. Following the ceremony 120 guests sat down to a sumptuous dinner in the large gymnasium hall. Mr. W.R. Southworth proposed a toast to the bride, which Neil replied to in a few well chosen words. Cecil Cameron proposed a toast to the matron of honor in which Mrs. Shaw replied to. Mr. Syms gave an inspiring and interesting little talk. The evening was brought to a close with a very nice dance which everyone seemed to enjoy.

Cece Cameron, Neil and Beryl Rutherford, Viv Shaw.