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Marriage Announcements /Articles
Appleton City Journal
January - May 1887

Marriage notices from The Appleton City Journal,
Appleton City, St. Clair, MO - 1887
(partial- Jan 20th thru May 12th):


   Mr. Joe Gladden and bride returned from their bridal tour first of the week, and are now “at home” to their friends at the residence of the groom’s mother.
(Appleton City Journal, 20 Jan 1887)


   The Journal returns thanks to Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Farnham for a liberal supply of wedding cake in honor of the recent marriage of their daughter, Etta, to Mr. Gladden.
(Appleton City Journal, 20 Jan 1887)


   Mr. E. C. Stewart, the egg and poultry dealer, was married to a lady in the country whose name we have not learned, a few days ago.
(Appleton City Journal, 20 Jan 1887)


   Mr. Eli Starkey, a young gentleman well known in this vicinity, and Miss Jennie Watson, who has been employed by Mrs. Pickerill for some time past in her millinery store, were united in marriage on last Wednesday evening. The Journal extends best wishes. They will make their home in Appleton City.
(Appleton City Journal, 24 Feb 1887)



   At the residence of the Bride’s Parents near Ohio P. O. on Thursday afternoon the 17th Mr. David S. Pricer and Miss Ella McGauthey, Squire Coffin tied the knot. The Bride was beautifully dressed and as both are of the fair blonde type, they are more than a handsome couple. May a happy and prosperous future ever be theirs. The wedding dinner was a feast, but as Mother McGauthey’s fame as an entertainer is county wide, comment is unnecessary.
(Appleton City Journal, 24 Feb 1887)



   By and at the residence of Squire Coffin on Sunday afternoon the 27th inst., Mr. A. L. Lough and Miss Lola M. Hayden, both of Appleton twp. This is one of those bright eyed handsome young couple, whose path should always be strewn with the roses of life in their brightest hue. May such ever be their future. Mr. Robert Lough was his brother’s best man with Miss Laura Shoe as bridesmaid, a strikingly handsome quartet.
(Appleton City Journal, 3 Mar 1887)


   Mr. John L. Good, a nephew of our clever dairyman, Mr. H. I. Morse, is now happy in the possession of a bride---a fair flower of “bleeding Kansas.” The marriage was solemnized at Abilene Kas., on the 28th ult., Miss Grace Mitchell being the name of the young lady. The young couple were originally from Illinois, where the germ of love which has now ripened into a happy union of two hearts, was first started. They will reside during the present year on Mr. Cartwright’s beautiful farm just east of the city.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 Mar 1887)


   We find the following marriage notice in a Lexington, Ill., paper. The bride is a niece of Mr. W. B. McNemar:

 Simpson and McNemar.---At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. W. McNemar occurred the wedding of Mr. Owen Simpson and Miss Iola McNemar on the 17th inst., and although the weather was very unpleasant, forty of the bride’s and groom’s young friends responded to the invitations with their presence. The ceremony was preceded and followed by a “wedding march.” During the time of the execution of the latter part of the march the happy couple received congratulations and best wishes for their future prosperity and happiness. Then followed that which is beautiful to the eye and pleasant to the taste, or probably it would be better to say, the merry band of young people, preceded by the bride and groom, came to the table not only spread with necessities of life, but loaded with delicacies and dainties and fruits which of themselves expressed wonderful skill and taste of those who superintended its preparation.
(Appleton City Journal, 10 Mar 1887)



   Married at the residence of the bride’s parents, Miss Mary Payne and Mr. Reuben Barnes, March 10th 1887, Rev. P. McCluney officiating.

   This happy event proved to be a very pleasant occasion indeed, to the fortunate individual that stood in the relation of an intimate friend or relative to the contracting parties, as it could not be otherwise when Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Payne with their well known hospitality throw open the doors of their parlors for the entertainment of guests. The beautiful and accomplished bride wore a very rich cream colored dress, orange blossoms and gold jewelry. The fortunate groom in conventional black costume, looked superb. A worthy noble couple is the universal verdict.

   After an appropriate ceremony by the Rev. Mr. McCluney and the congratulations of friends, the wedding march was resumed and all repaired to the dining room where a rich feast awaited us only equaled by those of like hospitality of our host and hostess. We noticed several elegant presents. Among the guests were Mr. Geo. Holland and wife, Mr. J. Miller and wife, Rev. Mr. McCluney and wife, Mr. Barnes and wife, senior, Miss Millie and Mattie Oliver, Mr. Geo. Smith and Mr. Abe Barnes.

   Blessings on the promising future of the happy couple, and may Cupid’s darts find its way to the heart of some other noble son or fair daughter of Mr. Payne’s so that our pleasant experience may be repeated.
(Appleton City Journal, 17 Mar 1887)


   Mr. Walter Thomas, of the Palace Drug House, was married to Miss Cora, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Leonard, of Hudson township, on the 23rd inst. Walter succeeded in giving us all a genuine surprise, but the numerous friends of the couple are none the less rejoiced over the consummation of the happy union. May their pathway through life be strewn with flowers.
(Appleton City Journal, 31 Mar 1887)


   Just as we go to press, we learn of the marriage of Miss Nannie Feland of Montrose, well known in this city, and a Mr. Prier of Kansas---not our young friend Charlie, however. Rev. McClancy performed the ceremony.
(Appleton City Journal, 21 Apr 1887)


   Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Nance, of Illinois, while on a bridal tour to the Lone Star State, stopped off with N. Mendenhall and other relatives here Tuesday, staying until yesterday.
(Appleton City Journal, 21 Apr 1887)



   On the 10th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father in Hudson township Bates county Mo, by Eld. J. B. Wright, Mr. C. W. Sturtevant, of Appleton City and Miss Jennie Atcheson. May their lives be bright and joyous.

   The above notice was handed in yesterday morning by Eld. Wright. Carl Sturtevant is one of Appleton City’s best and most beloved sons, having grown to manhood in our midst. He is a son of Squire S. C. Sturtevant, who has long been identified with the growth and progress of our city. Carl was educated as a civil engineer, graduating at the State University about three years ago with high honors, and a greater part of time since has been in the employment of the government in the improvement of water ways.

   The bride is a pleasant young lady, the daughter of one of Bates county’s best citizens and the friends and relatives have every reason to believe that the union will be loving and happy one.
(Appleton City Journal, 12 May 1887)

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