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Banhan-Grey wedding



  • circa 1890-2000

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This collection is completely digital.

Biographical / Historical

The following is taken from the February 8, 1957 issue of the St. Paul Recorder:

St. Paul Lad Receives Air Force Wings. LT. DAVID H. BANHAM David H. Banham graduated from the U. S. Air Force Pilot School at Reese A.F.B., Lubbock Tex. on February 2, 1957, and received his commission as second lieutenant. He also received his basic multi-engine training with pilot rating and is a licensed radio operator. Lt Banham received his primary training at Hondo Air Force Base Hondo, Tex., and his pre-flight at Lackland AFB San Antonio Tex. A graduate of Marshall HighSchool. St. Paul, class of '48, he also attended Dunwoody Institutein Minneapolis. He entered the air force In 1951. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Albert R. Banham of 711 Carroll Av.

Biographical / Historical

The following is taken from the February 22, 1957 issue of the St. Paul Recorder:

Estella Gray Weds Lt. David Banham Feb. 16. In a beautifully impressive double ring ceremony at Pilgrim Baptist church on Saturday evening. February 16, Miss Estella Gray, daughter of Rev and Mrs C. D. Gray of Wesson, Miss., became the bride of Lt. David H Banham. son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Banham. 711 Carroll Av. The vow's were read by Dr. Floyd Massey Jr., pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Given in marriage by her uncle, W. D. Gray, the bride was lovely in a gown of Chantilly lace over satin with fitted bodice, long sleeves which tapered to a point over her hands and with a Chapel train. She carried a bouquet of white roses.

Attending the bride was her sister, Mrs. George Bryant who was matron of honor. Mrs. Bryant wore an ice blue gown of nylon tulle over taffeta with a scooped neckline[...] Bridesmaids who wore identical dresses in soft pastel shades were Mrs. Harriet Black and Miss Beverly Banham. Sistersof the groom; Miss Nina Black and Miss Maxine Smith. They carried matching bouquets of carnations. Little Audrey Jean Banham, a niece of the groom, was folwer girl and the ring bearer was Ronald Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs Walter Reed. Lawrence Hampton was the best man and ushers were W D. Gray, brother of the bride. Albert Banham, Jr. brother of the groom, Edwin McCarty and James Black. Prenuptial music was by organist Harriet Byrd Gordon. Soloists were Bradford Benner, who sang "Oh Promise Me" and Miss Mildred Pollard who sang "The Lord's Prayer."

Mrs. Gray, mother of the bride, was stunning in a gown of pink lace over taffeta with white jewelled elbow length gloves, a corsage of American Beauty white roses and black accessories. The groom's mother, Mrs. Banham, was lovely in a sand biege taffeta gown with fitted bodice and a flared skirt. She wore a corsage of American beauty and white roses immediately following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs Banham were feted at a reception held in Fellowship hall. About 200 guests were served.

Assisting at the reception were the Mmes. R. E. Cameron, sister of the bride; J. P. Dorsey, James A. Robinson. Cynthia Gardner. Ethel Clethen. Charlotte Currie. Paul Wood and Lawrence Hampton. The bride's bouquet was caught by Miss Beverly Banham. Lt. and Mrs. Banham are at home at 711 Carroll Av. Director of the wedding was Mrs. Janabelle Taylor.


From the Collection: 300 Photographic Prints

From the Collection: 500 Photographic Slides

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives Repository

270 N. Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 USA