Some might remember Dorothy Atlee Olson as the rather proper, put-together elementary school teacher who died in January 2010 at age 106.
But, at the end of the roaring 20’s and just before Christmas, she eloped on Dec. 21, 1929.
She wore a little brown dress to get married in the “Little Brown Church” in Iowa. More than 70 years later, her one-time student, Susan Kritzberg, wore that little brown dress at a vintage bridal fashion show. Kritzberg also chaired the committee that organized the event and acted as its emcee.
The brown dress was among 16 modeled at “A Century of Brides” Sunday at the Chapel on the Green. The event, which raised money to restore and maintain the historic church, also included a tea, displays of more wedding dresses, and elaborate floral bouquets, some of which replicated the bouquets the original dress-owners had carried.