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King, Vesta Ann Cornish
Large elliptical hoop wedding gown in a bright dark pink silk. Very full skirt with waist gathers in the back is plain; set-in large bell-shaped sleeves; fitted bodice falls in V to the front and to a tail in the back; yoke, bodice bottom and sleeves trimmed with three rows of tucks and silk dark pink fringe; front button closure with dark pink crochet buttons; attached white lace collar with attached rectangle-shaped stone brooch; polished cotton lining

Worn by Vesta Ann Cornish when she married Mr. Charles O. King on August 30, 1871.
This dress could possibly been made by Vesta's sister, Helen Josephine Cornish (1840-1926) who lived in Oshkosh for most of her adult life and is listed as a dressmaker in the census for 1870, 1880, 1905 and 1910

Vesta (1/24/1846-6/15/1912) was born in Bangor, New York and was the tenth of fifteen children born to Sanford Cornish and Elizabeth Green Eager Cornish. Vesta's family moved to Utica, Wisconsin in May of 1854. Vesta married when she was twenty-five years old.

Charles Olcott King (6/18/1840-5/14/1916) was born in Ohio and moved to Waukegan, Ill when nine years old with his family and three years later to Wisconsin.

Although no newspaper account of their wedding was found there was references in the Omro Weekly Journal to celebrations of their 5th (9/7/1876) and 20th (9/3/1891) wedding anniversaries.

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