Following are wedding photographs that need identification. If you recognize someone, please reply with a comment. In many cases, I will be willing to return the original photograph to closer relatives once names can be assigned to the faces.

Anklam – Dern Wedding – 1926

Can you identify the guests at the wedding of Florence Dern and Ervin Anklam on 22 May 1926, in Rib Falls, Marathon, Wisconsin? These photos were from a photograph album put together by Sally Aschbrenner. She played the wedding march at the wedding. She and the groom were maternal cousins.

Anklam brothers?

The Wausau Daily Record-Herald reported that William Anklam, the groom’s brother was best man. Is the guy with the flower in his lapel William? Who is the other guy? Maybe another Anklam brother?

Best man (?) and who?

Here is the possible “best man” again? Who is the woman posing with him?

William Anklam, best man.


One of these girls is Elsie Aschbrenner, daughter of Laura who was the sister of the mother-of-the groom, Emma Wilhelmine Maria Fehlhaber.

Were the other girls relatives too? There were nine living female first cousins at the time of the wedding, namely, Clara Anklam, Selma “Sally” Aschbrenner, Leona Beilke, Erna Anklam (maid of honor), Margaret Fehlhaber, Margaret Anklam, Elsie Aschbrenner, Esther Anklam, and Evelyn Aschbrenner.

According to the newspaper article, Erna, the maid of honor, was dressed in peach crepe de chine. It doesn’t seem that any of these gals is dressed for maid of honor duties. Maybe the women in the previous photo is, but its hard to tell in a black and white photo if the dress is peach. Erna was 18-years old at the time of the wedding.

Evelyn was only about five years-old at the time, so she is not in this picture.

Esther was ten.

Elsie, age 13, is the girl second from left.

Margaret Anklam was 15.

Leona Beilke was 21.

Sally was 22-years old (she’s in another picture).

Clara Anklam was 22.

The Anklam girls were sisters of the groom.

Guests at Ervin Aschbrenner wedding, Elsie Aschbrenner is second from left.

More cousins?

Selma “Sally” Cornelia Aschbrenner is the girl to the far right of this photo. Were the other girls possibly a couple of the cousins?

Guests at the Evrin Anklam wedding, Sally Aschbrenner is far right.

Photographs from collection of Bennett and Margaret (Aldahl) Christianson


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