Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

WEDDING OF BESS WALLACE
AND CAPTAIN HARRY S. TRUMAN

(Editor's Note: This account of the wedding of Bess Wallace and Harry Truman on June 28, 1919, appeared in The Examiner. It was written by Mrs. William Southern, wife of Col. William Southern, the editor and publisher. The Southerns' daughter, May, was the wife of Mrs. Truman's brother, George P. Wallace, and the family always referred to the Southerns as "Mom" and "Pop.")


Wedding photo, June 28, 1919.
A wedding of unusual beauty and interest was that of Miss Bess Wallace and Capt. Harry Truman at 4 o'clock today at the Trinity Episcopal Church.

Miss Wallace has lived in Independence all her life and has a large circle of friends. Independence also claims Capt. Truman although he has spent much time away. It was in this setting of love and devoted friendship that the marriage was solemnized.

The church was beautifully decorated with garden flowers in pastel shades. The altar was a mass of daisies, pink hollyhock and pale blue larkspur against a soft green background lighted with tall cathedral candles.

The service was read by the Rev. John V. Plunkett, rector of Trinity. The wedding music was by Mrs. Joseph C. Story, organist, who used the Lohengrin and Mendelssohn wedding marches, "Serenade" by Gounod, and "Traumerei" by Schumann.

Miss Wallace was given in marriage by her brother, Frank Gates Wallace, and attended by her cousins, Miss Helen Wallace and Miss Louise Wells. Capt. Truman had Capt. Theodore Marks as best man. George P. Wallace, the bride's brother, and Alden Millard were the ushers.

The bride wore a lovely gown of white georgette with net of white faille and carried Aaron Ward roses. Miss Wells wore yellow organdie with hat to match and carried Sweetheart roses. Miss Helen Wallace's costume was blue organdie with picture hat and her flowers were Sunset roses.

Capt. and Mrs. Truman left immediately after the ceremony for an extended trip north.

Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs.W.S. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Gates Wells, Oscar Wells and W.S. Wells Jr., all of Platte City, and Mrs. J.A. Truman, Miss Mary J.Truman and Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Truman of Grandview.