Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Hefley and Stegman

Here is the wedding announcement of my grandparents, Lee Hefley and Irene Stegman

Marriage Announcement in The Downs Times September 5, 1940

Stegman - Hefley
Two of Downs' most popular young people, Miss Irene Thressa Stegman, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Stegman, and Lee Earl Hefley, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hefley, of rural Downs, were united in marriage on August 31 at the Saint Peter and Paul church in Cawker City, Father Wahlmeir using the single ring service at low mass, Saturday morning at 7:00 o'clock.
Miss Irene was lovely in a street length dress of sailor blue. She wore a matching picture hat with black accessories. She carried her rosary.
The groom wore a suit of dark green. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Ahrenes, young friends of the couple. Close relatives were also in attendance.
Irene and Lee are both Downs high school graduates. She, of the class of '36, and he, of the class of '35. She has been employed as clerk for the past three years. He has been employed by the Metz Packing Company for the past two years.
Immediately after the ceremony they started for a brief wedding trip, which took them to various points in Nebraska. They returned home Sunday evening. The happy couple have rented an apartment at the Hotel Lipton. They are receiving congratulations from a large circle of friends.

The funny story behind my grandfather wearing a dark green suit is that he was colorblind and the salesman told him it was black. My grandmother was not happy when she saw him in his green suit. But, when he explained what happened she calmed down.

They were happily married for 53 years.


  1. Oh NO! Colorblind? Hahaha! That little snippet was the crowning glory to your post! (still giggling!)

  2. It is interesting about the weddings that had taken place durilng WWII. My parents also had a small wedding on the Army Base where my father was stationed.

    She wore a suit and he wore his military uniform. He received the notice that he was being shipped out to Europe and she rode a train down to North Carolina.

    Cost was most likely a factor with rationing during the war and I wonder if simple ceremonies were the norm.

  3. Lee was not in the military at the time they got married, but he did enlist four years later in 1944 into the Army's paratrooper division.

  4. Jane Hefley KaufmanJuly 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    When they went to the farm to tell Grandma Hefley they had gotten married, all she had to feed them was pancakes. She was so embarrassed,.... she made them pancakes on their wedding anniversary every year that she was alive. Great memories... janie

  5. Jane, What a great story, I had never heard that before. Was that Grace Hefley? And why did she not know about it till after the wedding???

    I will always think of them when I eat pancakes now. I still miss them.

  6. Karen Hefley - GalloDecember 28, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    I love that story... my 22nd anniversary is tomorrow (Dec 29) I think I will start a new pancake dinner tradition in memory of grandma and grandpa!