Thursday, December 17, 1903 (The Canonsburg Herald)
A Pretty Home Wedding at the Home of Mr. and Mrs. Levi J. Praul in the East End Last Night
Cora Belle, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Praul, and Stephen J. Batch of Elizabeth, Pa., were married last evening at 7 o'clock at the home of the brides' parents, 29 East Pike street. Rev. J. W. Jeffries, the newly appointed pastor of the A. M. E. church officiated. Although an unpretentious wedding, it was prettily appointed. The bride's gown was a fine cream colored crepe do chine beautifully fashioned and trimmed. The bridal veil fell away from the face and was caught with orange blossoms. She carried a shower bouquet of brides roses. The only attendant, her sister, Miss Bertha, wore a loverly gown of pale blue nuns veiling and carried a cluster of pink and white carnations.
Mr. Charles Batch brother of the groom, was best man, little Miss Marquerite Williams a cousin of the bride was flower girl, and wore a lovely pink chiffron dress and carried a basket of pink carnations.
The wedding march was played by Mrs. Lydia Williams on the organ, assisted by Mr. George Sluby on the violin, and Mr. Grant Henderson, on the flute, march entitled "Hearts and flowers." During the ceremony the piece was played very sweetly and softly. The music was a feature of the occasion.
Only the immediate friends were in attendance. Friends were present from Pittsburgh, East Palestine, Ohio, Elizabeth and Washington. The house was tastefully decorated in Christmas green and holy, palms and mistletoe.
Immediately after the ceremony, a reception was held and the appointments were perfect. Later Mr. and Mrs. Batch departed for a bridal tour, at the conclusion of which they will make their home in Elizabeth.
The bride received a large number of pretty and valuable presents, and fifteen dollars in gold besides several dollars in paper.
Mr. Batch is perhaps the best known society girl in Canonsburg, and has been a leader in her set. She has been organist of the Sabbath school choir for seven years, teacher in the intermediate class and private secretary of the pastor, Rev. Jeffries.
Mr. Batch is a genial young man. He is an engineer at Elizabeth. A wide circle of friends extend congratulations.