The Brilliant Wedding of Miss Lillian Hubers

Hubers Wedding3.jpg.jpgOur September bride is Miss Lillian Hubers , daughter of William and Clara, who married William Edward Zuill in her parents’ home at 624 Scott Street on September 24, 1913.

The bride’s father was the manager of the Rock Island Fuel Company, a position that allowed him to send his daughter to the National Park Seminary finishing school in Maryland and on winter vacation to California.  While there, she met William Zuill, a successful Los Angeles businessman.

It was a very fancy wedding.

The Davenport Democrat devoted almost a full column to the event the next day, describing the flowers (mostly Killarney roses) the guests (fifty for the ceremony, over two hundred for the reception—and all very well dressed), the music (the Bridal Procession from “Lohengrin,” naturally), and, of course, the bride:

Hubers Wedding2.jpg“She was dressed in an exquisite gown of charmeuse satin with overdress of Chantilly lace.  The graceful lines of the draped skirt fell away in a court train, the yoke and sleeves were of the lace and the long wedding veil that hung from a quaint little Dutch cap was caught at either side with tiny clusters of lilies of the valley, the same fragrant blossoms forming the bridal bouquet.  The bride’s only ornament was  a crescent of sapphires and pearls, the gift of the groom.”

 Hubers Wedding1“The only attendants of the bride were her small nieces Catherine Clausen and Miss Majorie Dell Hubers.  They wore dainty white frocks, with touches of pink and blue in sashes and hair ribbons and walked just ahead of the bride carrying baskets of pink roses tied with blue ribbons.  The little flower girls each wore a necklace with pearl and forget-me-not pendant, the gift of the bride.”

Dr. J.W. Cooper of the Unitarian Church married the couple in the parlor, and the guests enjoyed a supper in the dining room and library before moving to the two large marquees on the lawn to dance.

The bride and groom left the reception a little early to begin their honeymoon trip and afterwards made their home in Los Angeles.


“Hubers Home Scene of Brilliant Wedding.” Davenport Democrat, September 25, 1912, p.10.

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