My great aunt, Martha Elisabeth Pape (1890-1981), the older sister of my grandfather Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), married widower Charles (Carl) Joseph Julius Bleidt (1870-1959) at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston, Illinois, on May 11, 1921. According to the marriage certificate (further down this post), Paul was an official witness to the marriage, as was his and Martha's sister Rhea Maria Pape (1892-1977). Therefore, I think my father is correct that Rhea is the bridesmaid to the far left in the picture below. Martha and Rhea's other sister, Clara M. Pape (1889-1975) may be the bridesmaid to the right of Martha. I'm not sure who the bridesmaid on the far right is. It may be one of Charles' Bleidt's nieces, either Gertrude (born 1895) or Mildred Bleidt (born 1897), as they would have been about the right age. Charles had two older sisters, but they would have been in their mid-50s at the time of the wedding.
These two photos are embossed with "J D Toloff, Evanston, Ill." Joseph David Toloff (1888-1957) was a Russian immigrant who owned a photography studio located (at that time) at 1623 Orrington Avenue in Evanston, according to an ad on page 71 of the 1922-1923 R. L. Polk & Co.'s Evanston City and North Shore Directory:
Here is the beautiful marriage certificate for Charles and Martha:
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