Take a walk back down the aisle as we dig deep into The Times-Tribune archives and share timeless matrimonies. This occasional feature will highlight beautiful brides, engaging moments and captivating ceremonies held decades ago in Northeast Pennsylvania. The Times-Tribune’s very own bridal planner of the past, Laura Rysz, will showcase Marry Memories and welcomes suggestions from readers by emailing her at Lrysz@timesshamrock.com.

Today, we will take a look at the wedding announcement of Kathryn Weston to Henry S. Clay, Margaret Shafer to Clarence Tait Leighton and Nancy Connell Jermyn to John Grennell Matthews.

Kathryn Weston married Henry S. Clay on Saturday, July 1, 1939, in Cyrus D. Jones Memorial Chapel, Elm Park Church, Scranton.

Kathryn Weston Clay. Submitted Photo

Sat, Jul 1, 1939 – 8 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com


Margaret Shafer married Clarence Tait Leighton on Tuesday, April, 22, 1924, in Second Presbyterian Church, Scranton. Margaret was the daughter of Hampton C. Shafer, founder and the first president of the former Lincoln Trust Co. of Scranton.

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From left, Cornelia Shafer, of Scranton, the bride Margaret Shafer Leighton, and Catherine Shafer of Morristown, New York. Submitted Photo

Wed, Apr 23, 1924 – 29 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Nancy Connell Jermyn married John Grennell Matthews on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1942, in the Cyrus D. Jones Memorial Chapel, Elm Park Church, Scranton. Nancy was the granddaughter of the later former Scranton Mayor E.B. Jermyn and the late former U.S. Rep. Charles Connell.


Nancy Connell Jermyn Matthews. Submitted Photo

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