Brown, Lala Cladora

Class of 1910
English Course

Birth: Jul. 3, 1892, Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1975, Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA

Christenbury Alexander Brown (1859 – 1932)
Emily Athelinda Propst Brown (1864 – 1947)

Henry Clay Dale (1889 – 1966)

Clay Brown Dale (1917 – 1987)

Seven Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery
Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 82288254.


The Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), June 1, 1916, p.2

Surprise Marriage Took Place Sunday Morning at Lutheran Chapel at China Grove

An event of wide social interest was the surprise marriage of Lala Cladora, the eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Brown, beautifully solemnized at Lutheran Chapel Evangelical Lutheran Church, China Grove, N. C., Sunday, May 28th, 1916, at 12:30 p.m.

To throw off suspicion of anything out of the ordinary, the bride elect, at the Sunday School hour, took her place, as usual, in the choir, playing the entire Sunday School service, teaching her class of little boys who are deeply devoted to her, and then, at the hour of Divine Service, rendered very beautifully and most impressively the morning service of the Lutheran church. Then, too, as an offertory, she, together with her two sisters, sang, very softly and sweetly a trio “One Sweetly Solemn Thought.”

It was immediately after the announcing of the last hymn, that the bride-to-be, with her sister, Edna, quietly made her exit by way of the vestry room, where she was joined by the groom. At the close of this last hymn, the pastor, Rev. C. A. Brown, just before pronouncing the benediction, announced that there would be a short service immediately after the benediction and asked that the congregation be seated and remain thus until the service was concluded.

Immediately after the benediction, to the great surprise of all present, the bridal party entered. The groom, Mr. Henry Clay Dale, of Bolton, N. C., with his brother, Mr. J. W. Dale, at the right aisle, while the bride, Miss Lala C. Brown, gowned in midnight blue taffeta, with chiffon drapery, entered the opposite aisle with her sister, Edna, attired in violet crepe de shine. While the parties slowly approached the altar and during the performance of  the ceremony, Miss T. Ruth Brown, youngest sister of the bride, rendered softly and beautifully, on the organ, Schuman’s “Traumerei.” The beautiful marriage service of the Lutheran Church was most impressively performed by Rev. C. A. Brown, father of the bride, during the rendering of which many eyes were dimmed with tears, especially so, of the members of the choir of which the bride has been the recognized leader in voice and instrumental for a number of years and who was deservedly popular among them.

After the ceremony the bridal party and their attendants motored to Lutheran Chapel parsonage  in China Grove, where a delicious luncheon course was served, after which the bridal party spent several hours very pleasantly in social intercourse. The party then motored en route for Bolton, N. C., where they expect to make their home.

The bride is a beautiful daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Brown and possesses more than ordinary accomplishments. She is a graduate of Mont Amoena Seminary, and an accomplished musician, has taught very successfully in several of the schools of Rowan and Cabarrus counties, and the last two year in the Bolton High School, where she won the love and admiration of pupils and patrons of the town. Here is where she met Mr. Dale, the sequel of which has been announced above.

Mr. Henry C. Dale is an energetic young man of fine business accomplishments, who is associated with his older brother, Mr. J. W. Dale, in the furniture and general mercantile business.

The young couple is popular and prominent and have a large circle of friends all of whom wish them a long life of happiness an prosperity.