One of the prettiest weddings of the season was solemnized at the St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Exeter, Nebraska, Wednesday, May 31, 1911, Rev. W. McDonald officiating.

The contracting parties were two well known and highly esteemed young people, Miss Sophia C. Menke and Mr. Wm. D. Matthews. The young lady of a pioneer family of Fillmore County, the young man of a pioneer family of York County. The parents on both sides are well to do, the young people possessing their ancestral qualities will succeed in life.

The solemn ceremony at the church, which was grand, was witnessed by a large number of friends and relatives. The bride wore a beautiful dress of French lawn trimmed with a dainty embroidery and on her head a bridal veil and a wreath of orange blossoms. The groom was attired in conventional black. Miss Lena Menke attended her sister, while Richard Matthews, Jr., assisted his brother on this happy occasion. The music and singing added much to the solemnity of the wedding.

After services a sumptuous wedding breakfast and banquet were served at the home of the bride's mother to a great number of friends.

The young couple were the happy recipients of numerous valuable presents from relatives and admiring friends.

The young people start out life under the most auspicious conditions, will live on a fine farm belonging to Mr. and Mrs. R. Matthews, Sr., in York County, where they will prosper, also years of happiness is the sincere wish of their many friends.

Fillmore County News
 Exeter, Nebraska
Thursday, June 8, 1911


Wedding Day of Sophia Menke & William "Bill" Matthews
May 31, 1911

Family of Louis and Anna Marie Becker Menke

(Standing - Back Row -Left to Right)
William "Billy" Menke, Helena "Lena" Menke Matthews,
 Philmina Maria "Minnie" Menke Hammond, John Menke,
 Anna Barbara Menke Barkmeier, Sophia Menke Matthews and Henry Menke

(Sitting - Front Row - Left to Right)
Fredericka "Rica" Menke Dumpert, Anna Marie Becker Menke
 and Mary Menke Jansen


(Standing - Back Row -Left to Right)
John Menke, Frank Hammond, August Barkmeier, William Matthews,  Sophia Menke Matthews, William "Billy" Menke, Helena "Lena" Menke Matthews, Henry Menke, William Jansen, unknown child and Adam Dumpert

(Adults Sitting - Front Row - Left to Right)
Elizabeth "Lillie" Nevins Menke holding child,  Maria "Minnie" Philmina Menke Hammond holding child, Anna Barbara Menke Barkmeier with children Louis and Rose on her right, Ella on left and Helena "Lea" on lap, Anna Marie Becker Menke, Mary Menke Jansen and children, Fredericka "Rica" Menke Dumpert
 and children

William D. Matthews

Mr. William D. Matthews, 82, of McCool Junction passed away in Lincoln Monday, March 10.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McCool Junction with Father Cam officiating. Burial will be in the Exeter Cemetery.

Farmer Funeral Home of Exeter has charge of arrangements.

Fillmore County News
 Exeter, Nebraska
Thursday, March 13, 1969