Daily Leaf Chronicle
Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tenn.,
Tuesday June 22, 1897
It Was a Surprise.
Louis CLIFTON and Miss Josie STAFFORD Quietly Married at St. Bethlehem.
After a Trip to Louisville and Nashville They Will Return Home to Clarksville.
Mr. Louis CLIFTON and Miss Josie STAFFORD were quietly married
last night at 9:30 o'clock, at the home of the bride's grandmother, Mrs. COLLIER, near St.
Bethlehem. The event was quite a surprise to the many friends, and the first
information received in the city was a telegram to Mrs. STAFFORD announcing that they were
About 8 o'clock Mr. CLIFTON, in company with Elder A. M. Growden,
Charlie WELCH and Jessie PERKINS left the city in a carriage for St. Bethlehem, and there,
at the residence of Mrs. COLLIER, in the presence of only a few intimate friends, they
were united in marriage by Elder A. M. Growden.
Not even the gentlemen accompanying him had any knowledge of the
event until about dark, when they were informed of the mission of the trip. The
bride's parents were equally ignorant of the intentions of the couple, and while they have
been knowing each other for sometime, the parents did not think they intended marrying.
Miss STAFFORD was just preparing to take a few weeks' vacation at Dawson Springs.
The couple left on the northbound passenger train for Louisville
and Nashville and will return to Clarksville in about two weeks.
Miss Josie STAFFORD is the oldest daughter of Policeman Alex.
STAFFORD. She is a pretty and accomplished young lady and a favorite among her
friends and acquaintances. Mr. CLIFTON has many friends in the city and is
considered a very fine young business man. For several years he has been a valued
employe of F. P. Gracey & Bro.