Marguerite Henry's 1923 Wedding

Marguerite Henry's 1923 Wedding

May 5, 1923 Marguerite Breithaupt, the children's author best known for Misty of Chincoteague, married Sidney Henry, a man she had met the summer before while on vacation with her sisters in Northern Wisconsin. Sidney, a handsome traveling salesman from Sheboygan, and Marguerite danced to the sound of a piano Marguerite described as in need of a good tuning. By day, they fished on the clear waters of Lake Minoqua. They pledged to return the next summer and meet again, but their affection for each other drew them together before the year had elapsed.

The following spring, Marguerite Henry's wedding occurred at a Baptist church in Milwaukee and the reception at the glamorous Astor Hotel. The Astor had ceiling murals, chandeliers and lots of marble. The Astor still stands, but it's been converted to private residences. 

While researching for my memoir Marguerite, Misty and Me, I found a newspaper clipping of Marguerite's engagement announcement. Marguerite looked like a beautiful brunette flapper!

I didn't land on a wedding photograph, but did encounter a vivid description of Marguerite and Sidney's wedding ceremony. Each of the bridesmaids wore dresses in different colors and the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom both wore black. 

For more details on Marguerite and Sidney's wedding and love story, a true romance that lasted 64 years, grab your copy of Marguerite, Misty and Me: a Horse Girl's Hunt for the HIdden History of Marguerite Henry and her Chincoteague Pony.

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