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MARRIED—At the Rugeley House, in Bay City, Texas, on Wednesday night, Nov. 30th 1898, Miss Nora Barber to Mr. B. J. Dantzler; Rev. W. J. Cother officiating.

This was a very quiet but pretty wedding of two very quiet but popular young people. The host and hostess of the Rugeley House had made every arrangement that good taste, skill and ingenuity could suggest, and the officiating clergyman made the ceremony very impressive, as he always does.


A very few relatives and special friends were present to salute the bride, congratulate the groom and join in the sumptuous wedding feast.

As no invitations were issued, no presents were expected, but quite a number were received, including a wash tub, wash board and a bar of laundry soap, from that thoughtful and practical friend Mr. P. M. Bowie, himself a full-fledged candidate for matrimony.

The wedding over, the matter-of-fact young couple settled down to married life in the pleasant hotel where but a few months ago they first met, and have since loved, courted and married.

The groom is Bay City’s prosperous lumber merchant, and the bride is the daughter of Judge I. N. Barber, of the Bay City bar. Though but a few months a resident of our town, she has won unusual popularity and esteem by her musical talent and womanly amiability.

One very remarkable feature of this wedding and one which attests the bride’s skill as a music teacher, was the fact that her sister, Minnie, a tiny curly headed miss in short frocks, played the wedding march and played it well.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, December 3, 1898


Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cornelius of Blessing announce the marriage of their daughter, Kathryn, to Ted Davant, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Davant of Bay City, which was quietly solemnized Sunday afternoon at East Bernard. Mr. Henry Mann of Bay City was the only attendant.

The bride was born and reared in Blessing, attended school there and is a graduate of Baylor, also attended the College of Arts and Industry at Kingsville and was a former member of the Blessing faculty. The groom was born and reared in Bay City, is a graduate of the local school there and is attending the State University at Austin at present.

Mrs. Davant attended the Palacios school in 1928 and has a host of friends here with whom we join in extending congratulations and best wishes.

Palacios Beacon, January 10, 1935


Word has been received of the marriage of Miss Sylvia Barr to Mr. T. Homer Davenport, of Dallas, August 2. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Barr, of this city. She attended Palacios school and graduated from the high school in 1919. She is also a graduate of the Baylor School of Nursing and was Assistant Superintendent of Baylor Hospital, Dallas, at the time of her marriage. The groom is engaged in business in Dallas where they will make their home. Mrs. Davenport has a host of friends in Palacios with whom we join in extending hearty congratulations.

Palacios Beacon, August 7, 1930


Married at Christ's Episcopal church Monday, May 4, Miss Katherine Cookenboo and Mr. Edgar A. Davidson, Rev. John Sloan officiating. The bride is the daughter of C. H. Cookenboo a well known citizen of Bay City, and the groom a prominent young business man member of one of the leading families of the city, at present engaged at Victoria where he is superintending an electrical contract.

Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, May 1914


The wedding of Miss Ellen Ada Stephens and Mr. Hal S. Davis will be solemnized this afternoon at 6 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. O. Stephens. Guests for the wedding are in town from points in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. It will be strictly a home affair and only immediate friends and relatives of the contracting parties will be present.

Miss Stephens and Mr. Davis are both ex-students of the University of Texas. The groom's home is in Texarkana. The ceremony will be performed by the father of the bride.

The Matagorda County Tribune, July 20, 1923


Wednesday, April 28th at 3 o’clock, Mr. Please Dawdy and Miss Lizzie Rowels were married. Rev. McKee tied the knot which united two hearts to beat as one. The bride wore a dress of pure white with artistic decorations. After the ceremony an elegant supper was served after which a dance was begun led by the bride and groom.

Bay City Breeze, January 14, 1897


Word was received in Palacios Wednesday morning of the marriage of Miss Opal Bonner and Mr. Weille Day, which took place Tuesday night in Austin, where the bride had been employed the past two months.

Mrs. Day is the daughter of Mrs. J. R. Wagner and has a host of friends with whom we join in extending hearty congratulations.

Palacios Beacon, November 15, 1934


On last Friday E. S. DeLoach of El Campo and Miss Izoria Toupes, a popular young lady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Toupes of this city, were united in marriage at the bride's home. Rev. O. B. Falls of the Baptist church officiating.

The bride was teacher the past two years at Ashwood, where she has hosts of friends, joining those here to wish her unalloyed happiness and a good share of prosperity.

The Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, August 17, 1915



MARRIED. At the residence of the bride’s mother, in this city, on the 18th instant, by Rev. C. H. Albert, Mr. Geo. W. DeMoss of Eagle Lake to Miss Lizzie Ward Childs, step-daughter of the late Rob’t Ludington.                                 
The Matagorda Gazette
, March 21, 1860


A wedding at high noon in Dallas Saturday is of interest to many of our citizens and especially Mayor Deutsch, as the parties were his son Joe Deutsch Jr., and Miss Dorris Smith. Immediately after the ceremony the newly weds left for a wedding trip, with Mexico City as their destination. After spending a few days there they will return here for a shot visit and then go to Houston where they will make their home.

Joe is a boy of whom all Palacios is proud. He is a graduate of our high school, worked in the bank here and has since held positions in Houston, Galveston and Dallas, being promoted each time he changed his address. He is now employed as manager of the Loan Department of The Lone Star Finance Corporation in Houston. He has a host of well wishing friends with whom we join in extending congratulations and best wishes.

Palacios Beacon, June 6, 1935


MARRIED. In the city on the 27th instant, by Rev. C.  H. Albert, Mr. Sebastian Dietrich and Miss Caroline Noltey, all of this place.                    

The Matagorda Gazette
, February 29, 1860


Miss Mary Whorton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Whorton of Francitas, and Robert Dillard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murel Dillard of Deutschburg were married in a double ring ceremony at the Francitas Baptist Church at 6 p. m. Wednesday, June 3rd. Rev. W. W. Harvey of Bloomington officiated at the marriage. The brother of the groom, Larry Dillard, served as best man. The maid of honor was Miss Bill Rae McKeron. Mrs. Henry Day played the piano selections for the wedding. A reception for the families was held at the bride's home following the ceremony. Miss Mary  Dillard and Miss Linda Dillard, sisters of the groom, served at the reception. Those from Blessing attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Walters, Miss Carla Rae Spain, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Whitley and Betty Sue, Miss Delores Kosarek, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Day, and Nora Landin.

Palacios Beacon, June 11, 1964


In the Methodist church here last Wednesday at 11 o’clock, the marriage of one of Matagorda’s young couples was celebrated with the beautiful service of the Methodist church. The church had been tastily decorated by loving hands, and was filled by friends of the contracting parties. Just before the entrance of the bridal party, Miss Joe Sargent sang beautifully, “I Love You Truly,” Mrs. G. Sterne playing the accompaniment on the organ. Then to the sweet strains of Lothengrin’s bridal chorus, Mrs. Sterne at the organ accompanied by Mr. C. A. Davis on the violin, the bridal party proceeded down the aisle, Messrs. Rugely Serrill and Jacob Smith as ushers, Miss Loula Bell Salley as maid of honor and Johnnie May Williams as best man, in advance of the bride and groom, Miss Helen Gilbert and Mr. Amos E. Duffy. They were met by the pastor, Rev. D. S. Burke, at the altar where they were united in the holy bonds of wedlock with the beautiful ring ceremony. Traumerii being played all the while. Mendelsohn’s wedding march was played as the bridal party left the church.

The bride’s dress was of white crepe de chine trimmed in point lace and a white picture hat. Miss Salley wore white crepe de chine over pink and white picture hat, both carrying shasta daises and ferns. The groom wore the conventional black.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. C. E. Gilbert of the Matagorda News, and the groom, a native of Matagorda, is one of the prominent young business men of the town, and known and esteemed throughout the county.

Mr. and Mrs. Duffy, after dinner at the Gilbert home, left on the Santa Fe for Houston and Galveston where they will spend a few days, returning to their home on Saturday.

Matagorda News & Midcoast Farmer, August 8, 1913


Mr. Irving Dunbar and Miss Jessie Q. Adkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Adkins, were married at the home of the bride’s parents Wednesday morning, Rev. Israel, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The wedding was private, only immediate members of the family being present. After the ceremony the young couple boarded the 6:30 train for Houston and Galveston on a ten days honeymoon. They may visit New Orleans before returning home. The bride was the recipient of many beautiful and valuable presents from relatives and admiring friends.

They will be at home at the Hellum house after their return for a short time. The groom will at once arrange to build a neat cottage on his city lot. Mr. Dunbar is a skilled mechanic and a member of the firm of the Pierce Construction Co. The bride is a well-known and popular young lady of the city who has grown from girlhood to woman’s estate in the city, and is loved and admired by all who know her.

The young couple have a large circle of good and true friends in the city who join with the Beacon in wishing them all the joy and happiness the world and its best favors can bestow.

Palacios Beacon, January 26, 1912


Mrs. P. Barro, of San Antonio, announces the marriage of her daughter, Ruth, to Lester C. Dunkleberg, of Palacios, on September the first. The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s mother, with only a few invited friends and the family being present to witness the ceremony, which was performed by Dr. I. E. Gates, pastor of the first Baptist Church of that city. Lester is still in the laboratory with the hospital at Fort Sam Houston, and has also been assigned to do half time work in the laboratory at the Lee surgical Hospital and is therefore very busy and unable to make a visit home just now but hopes to be here for a few days at Thanksgiving time. The Beacon takes great pleasure in joining the many friends of Lester with hearty congratulations.

Palacios Beacon, September 27, 1928


Married at the Methodist parsonage, Tuesday afternoon, 5th, Mr. Arthur Dunn of Humble to Miss Lizzie Haralson of this city, Rev. J. F. Carter officiating. The bride if the accomplished daughter of Mr. Jas. Haralson, the grocery merchant, and possesses a host of warm friends who wish for her a life of joy and prosperity in her new home and new relation. The groom is engaged in the oil field in Humble. The couple left on the afternoon train for their home in Humble.

The Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, January 8, 1915


Wharton Spectator.  At Bay City on Monday, the first of December, Mr. C. E. Eagan and Miss Mildred Floyd were united in the holy bonds of matrimony, the Episcopal rector of Bay City officiating. Mr. Nat B. Floyd, a brother of the bride attended the young couple, and immediately after the ceremony the party returned to Boling, where they will make their home.

Mr. Eagan is a young farmer and ranchman of Oklahoma who came down here a year ago to try his hand at rice farming, and who made a fair measure of success at it. His bride is a daughter of Mrs. M. S. Floyd of Boling and a young lady of charming manner and lovable character.

The wedding was to have occurred some time since, but on account of the illness and death of the late M. S. Floyd, father of the bride, was postponed until Monday.

On this auspicious occasion both Mr. and Mrs. Eagan have a wide circle of friends to extend felicitations.                                   

Matagorda County Tribune, December 12, 1919


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Freeman wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Frances Estes to Mr. Robert A. Edmonson, which occurred in Lake Charles, La., Saturday, Sept. 9, 1922 at 11:45 o’clock. Reverend Young, pastor of the First Baptist Church of that city officiated at the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Edmonson will make their home in Bay City. Mr. Edmonson, formerly of Luling is with the United North and South Developing Company. The bride who was born and reared in Bay City, having graduated from the Bay City High School is very popular and a young lady of charming personalities.

The Tribune joins their many friends in extending congratulations and well wishes.

The Matagorda County Tribune, September 14, 1933


At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mentor Northington of Egypt, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, occurred the marriage of Miss Josephine Northington to Mr. U. S. Eidman of Bay City, the Episcopal clergyman of Bay City officiating. Attending the ceremony were only members of the contracting families and Mrs. I. V. Duncan of Eagle Lake.

A simplicity throughout marked the ceremony, though the home was daintily embellished in foliage greens and lovely flowers.

After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Eidman came by motor to Wharton and here took the train for Houston and Galveston in which cities they will spend several days, before proceeding to Bay City to make their home.

Mr. Eidman is a prosperous and popular young man of Bay City, and has a large circle of friends to congratulate him upon winning the hand and heart of one of Wharton County's fairest daughters. Mrs. Eidman is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mentor Northington, talented, beautiful and popular.  For the happiness and prosperity of Mr. and Mrs. Eidman there is a unanimous wish from all the friends of both the young people.—Wharton Spectator.

The Matagorda County Tribune, March 2, 1919


Elder – Grant

The home of Mrs. Mary H. Elder on South Bay was in bridal adornment Saturday for the wedding of her son, Mr. Theodore A. Elder to Miss Cecile G. Grant, daughter of J. E. Grant. Bright colored Zinnias, palms and coral vines were used for decorating the living and dining rooms where the guests assembled.

Preceding the ceremony Mrs. R. J. Sisson sang “Until,” and this was followed by she and Mrs. O. C. Arnold singing “At Dawning,” with Mrs. Carlton Crawford accompanist. Mrs. Crawford also played Liszt’s “Liebstraum,” to the strains of which the wedding party entered and they were continued softly during the ceremony. An arch of palm leaves and coral vines was formed in the opening between the living room and dining room, beneath which the nuptial vows were taken. The groom entered first followed by the bride’s sister, Mrs. Ted Green, as matron of honor. The bride, on the arm of her father, who gave her in marriage, came next and they were met by Rev. G. F. Gillespie, pastor of the Presbyterian church, who used the beautiful double ring service, and in a most impressive manner performed the ceremony that united the lives and destinies of these popular young people.

The bride was becomingly attired in a modish blue chiffon velvet dress with hat to match and carried a beautiful shower boquet of pink rosebuds, lilies of the valley and ferns. Mrs. Green wore dark blue crepe with hat to match and carried a bouquet of pink carnations and ferns tied with pink tulle. A bit of sentiment carried out in the bride’s trousseau, was that she wore “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” the borrowed being a handkerchief carried by the groom’s mother when she was a bride.

Following the ceremony congratulations were in order, followed by the cutting of the bride’s cake and throwing the bridal bouquet, which was caught by Miss Myrle Bell.

Ice cream, angel food and fruit cake were served during the social hour, while the newlyweds made ready for their trip to Houston. The bride’s book was in charge of Miss Vera Tanner, a very near and dear friend and schoolmate.

Mrs. Elder is one of our best known and most beloved girls. She has made Palacios her home since early childhood and received her public school education here, graduating with the class of 1922, later taking a year’s work at San Marcos, then a summer term at State University, and one year at Teacher’s State Normal, at Huntsville. She has taught two or more terms in our grammar grades and was well liked by both parent and pupil.

The groom is the youngest son of one of our pioneer families, finished our High School in 1920 and attended A. & M. two years. He now holds a splendid position with the Gulf Refining Co., at Port Arthur, where he and his bride will make their future home.

These are two of our most estimable young people. Their marriage unites two of Palacios’ best families and with them goes the sincere wishes of every one for their future happiness and prosperity.


Out of town guests for the Grant-Elder wedding Saturday were: J. E. Grant, of Freer, Texas; Mrs. Ted Green, of Brownsville; Mrs. C. S. Yeamans, daughter, Maxine, and son, Kenneth, of Houston; Mrs. C. E. Rees, Port Arthur; Miss Olivia Elder, of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. V. Powell and Mrs. Minick of Blessing.

Palacios Beacon, August 29, 1929


Mr. J. P. Ellis, son of Mr. W. L. Ellis, and Miss Katherine Law, daughter of Judge A. H. Law, were married Sunday evening at the home of the bride’s parents just north of the city, only relatives of the families being present. Rev. M. M. Wolf, president of Palacios Academy officiated. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis are popular and well known young people of Palacios, and have a large circle of friends in the city who join with the Beacon in hearty congratulations and well wishes.

Palacios Beacon, April 18, 1913


Married at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. D. L. Middlebrooks in East Bay City, Miss Sallie Middlebrook and Mr. John C. Emeriue, of Placedo, Rev. J. F. Carter officiating.

The bride is well known here and Matagorda and has many friends who wish her unbounded happiness in her new home where the groom is one of the prosperous merchants of the place.

Matagorda County News & Midcoast Farmer, June 9, 1916


Ever and anon we are called to chronicle some of Cupid’s capers and usually something pleasant, something romantic. Bright and early Wednesday morning, May 12, 1897, occurred one of those happy events in Bay City around which the garland of romance was interwoven, not only because of the prominence of the high contracting parties, with the charm of its story, but because it was the first church wedding in the history of Bay City.

The church had been most beautifully and tastily decorated with evergreen and cape jasmines. Just in front of the pulpit an arch had been built of evergreens set in cape jasmines representing stars, producing a most beautiful effect for the church windows had all been darkened and the lights turned on, producing a soft mellow light that made the flower stars set in the background fairly twinkle.


At the appointed hour the bride leaning on the arm of her father and preceded by Mr. Allen McNabb and her sister Miss Mabel Ladd, marched up the aisle to “Mendelssohn’s Wedding March,” executed by Miss Nellie Page, around at the altar, where the father gave the bride away, and standing under the star spangled arch, while Miss Page played “Promise Me.” Very softly Reverend J. J. Callaway in the simple but beautiful service of the Methodist Episcopal Church spoke the words that linked the lives of Mr. Robert H. Foster and Miss Minnie M. Ladd.

The bride is the daughter of Honorable J. L. Ladd, a lady of rare accomplishments, unusual talents and strong individuality, who is much beloved by all who know her for her personal charms and rare worth. In music, especially, she excels in both vocal and instrumental. The groom is a leading young business man of Branchville, Milam County, a member of one of the first families of Central Texas, popular and prosperous, with a bright future before him, made more rosy because of his good fortune in capturing his latest prize. No invitations had been issued, the public was invited and while the hour was early, 7:00 a. m., the audience was large, and while it is said that ladies mostly go to weddings, notwithstanding the early hour, the sternest sex was very much in evidence.

The bride looked exceedingly charming in a costume of white silk and organdie, the bridesmaid equally so, while the groom and best man looked stately in the conventional black. Withal, it was a beautiful wedding, impressive, inspiring, and after the brief reception at the home of the bride’s parents, the wedding party left at once for Wharton.

After a brief bridal trip they will take up their home at Branchville. The Breeze wishes the happy pair “bon voyage.”


The Bay City Breeze, May 13?, 1897


[Note: The wedding took place in the Methodist Church in Bay City.]


Mr. P. S. Gilbert and Miss Neva Barber were united in marriage on Christmas Day at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, at the home of the bride’s parents. Rev. O. B. Falls, the pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

It was a private home wedding, at which only a few invited friends of both families were present. The wedding march was played by Mrs. Bub Smith.

The bride is the daughter of Judge and Mrs. I. N. Barber and is a most estimable young lady; while the bridegroom is the son of Editor and Mrs. C. E. Gilbert, of this city.

The Tribune extends the usual cordial congratulations.

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 1, 1915


On last Tuesday evening the marriage of Miss Jessie Jarrell to Mr. Aubrey Elliott was solemnized at the spacious Jarrell home on North Main street, Rev. W. M. Williams, of Ft Worth, officiating.

The entire reception suite which includes almost the entire first floor of the residence was beautifully decorated with garlands and festoons of Southern smilax, potted ferns and palms and bowls of white roses.

Innumerable gifts of rare beauty were displayed in the library and were the true expressions of the love and sincere esteem in which this happy young couple are held by their many friends.

In the dining room Misses Anna Beringer, Le Vera Pyle and Arleigh Jarrell presided over the punch bowl.

A lace spread over pink satin, roses, ferns, and ribbons suspended from the chandelier made the table a bower of beauty.

Miss Aubery Jarrell home from the State University for the occasion, sweetly sang, “Oh Promise Me!” Miss Ruth Hatcher, at the piano, played the wedding march. Both of these young ladies were gowned in point-d’esprit over white satin with pear hair ornaments.

As the first sweet strains of Mendelsson’s wedding march were heard little Jimmie Jarrell and Leslie B. Elliott clad in dainty white empire frocks with pink sashes descended the smilax entwined stairway and scattering rose petals, wended their way to the parlor, the place of the ceremony. Misses Mary Miller, from the University, and Ophelia Donnell, followed by Misses Florence Agee and Kathleen Holliday at bride’s maids were next in the procession, wearing dainty semi-decollete frocks of pointed d’esprit over white satin with pearl trimmings and hair ornaments and carrying brides maid’s bouquets.

The bride, who appeared on the arm of the groom, looked exceedingly charming in a gown of accordion plaited charmeuse satin with an exquisite Venice lace over drapery and a coiffure decoration of tulle, pearls and aigrette.

After Rev. W. M. Williams pronounced the simple but beautiful ceremony, Rev. E. C. Boynton invoked a blessing upon the young couple in a short prayer.

After the ceremony an informal reception was held and a delicious salad and ice course was served. Immediately after the reception was over, the couple left for their future home, the bride wearing a tailored suit of blue with hat, blouse and gloves, en suite.—Belton Journal.

Miss Jarrell is a niece of Mr. J. R. Reynolds of this city and visited for some time here several months ago. She made many friends while in the city who extend their heartiest congratulations.                                      

Matagorda County Tribune, November 8, 1912


MARRIED. At the residence of the bride's mother and brother E. M. Bell, Wednesday afternoon, Miss Essie Bell and E. W. Fate, Rev. H. C. Morrison performing the ceremony. Miss Bell is one of Bay City's accomplished and popular young ladies, sister of Mrs. V. L. LeTulle and Mrs. M. Perry, and the groom is a prosperous young farmer of the Peyton Creek district and has hosts of friends who congratulate him on his good fortune.

The Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, March 20, 1914


The marriage of Miss Mae Claire Sanborn and Joseph B. Feather took place at 12 o’clock noon yesterday at the residence of the bride’s father, E. D. Sanborn, 146 North Sixth street. Rev. J. W. Kinnett performed the ceremony. Only immediate members of the family were present. Mr. Feather is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Feather, formerly of this city. The bride and bridegroom left for a trip to Michigan points. Upon their return they will make their home with the bride’s father.―Review, Elkhart Ind., Apr. 16.

The parents of the groom, who are esteemed residents of Palacios, were notified of the happy event by wire Monday.

Palacios Beacon, April 20, 1917


Word was received here yesterday from Weatherford by relatives of the parties, that Mr. Fred Fields, formerly of this city, but now of El Paso, and Miss Annie Boney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Boney of this city were married, the event having been solemnized in that city Sunday.

The groom formerly resided in Bay City and has a large circle of friends who, while surprised at the occurrence wish him well and extend to him their best wishes and congratulations.

The bride was raised in Bay City and is known to every one here. Her parents are amongst the substantial citizenship of the place and she has a host of friends with the younger set, who wish for her all the happiness this world affords.

We are informed that Mr. and Mrs. Fields will make Bay City their home.

The Matagorda County Tribune, August 4, 1911


Another holiday wedding that bids fair to be one of the happiest was one solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fox when their granddaughter, Miss Lewellyn Fox, was united in marriage with Mr. Percy Corporan. The happy event occurred at one o’clock Monday, Dec. 26 in the presence of the immediate relatives of the contracting parties. After the ceremony all the guests went to the home of the groom’s mother, Mrs. Anna Corporan, where a sumptuous wedding dinner was served.

Mrs. Corporan came here a few years ago from the north and attended school where she made many friends among the young people, and her activities in church work won for her many other friends. The past year she has been living with her father at Point Bolivar. The groom is the son of Mrs. Anna Corporan and a young man of exemplary habits. He with his brother are the proprietors of the Corporan dairy. The young people will make their home in Palacios, and the Beacon joins the hosts of friends in welcome this new family to our midst. May happiness and prosperity be theirs.

Palacios Beacon, January 6, 1922


A quiet home wedding of much surprise to Palacios people but of no less interest, occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Douglas, Monday, July 16, at 3 p.m., when their daughter, Miss Dorothy Douglas was united in marriage to Mr. Robert Franks, with Rev. G. F. Gillespie performing the ceremony. Only the immediate family and a few near friends were present to witness the nuptial vows and Miss Kathryn Douglas, sister of the bride, and Mr. Douglas Palmer, of Huntsville, were the attendants.

Immediately after the ceremony and receiving of congratulations the happy young couple left for Houston, where the groom has employment, and which city will be their home for a while.

The bride is one of our fairest and most popular young ladies. She was a member of the class of ’24 to graduate from the P. H. S., after which she attended C. I. A. fitting herself for the teaching profession in which she has been very successful. The past year she was a member of our school faculty, having charge of the sixth grade. She is loved and admired by a host of friends with whom we join in hearty felicitations. 

Palacios Beacon, July 19, 1928


On last Tuesday morning at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruelly, on Residence Street, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss May Ruelly, to Mr. Harry Frimm of Bay City. Mr. and Mrs. Frimm left immediately over the Santa Fe for their home in Bay City.―Wharton Spectator

Matagorda County Tribune, June 18, 1915



MARRIED—At the residence of the bride’s father, Captain Frank Rugeley, in Bay City, on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10th, 1899, Miss Annie Rugeley, of Bay City, to Mr. L. J. Gartrell, of Victoria; Rev. Father M. P. McSorley officiating.

Attendants: Mr. J. W. Rugeley and Miss Dollie Rugeley; Mr. G. M. Magill and Miss Shirley Rugeley.


This was a quiet, home wedding, only members of the family and most intimate friends being present. The ceremony was according to the simple and impressive ritual of the Catholic church.


Quite a number of presents, some of them of more than ordinary value, were received, as tokens of the affection and esteem of the many friends of the parties. For they each had legions of friends.

Miss Annie was one of Matagorda counties most winsome and charming girls and we congratulate Lucius upon having won such a rare prize.

They left for Victoria on Thursday morning, where the groom had provided a cage before snaring his bird, and where they will take up the duties of housekeeping.

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 14, 1899


At the Baptist church in Bay City, on Sunday afternoon at 2:45, Mr. Charles E. Gibson and Miss Leonora E. Conger were united in marriage, Rev. H. C. Morrison officiating. Mr. Gibson is a prominent merchant and postmaster of Wadsworth, one of the popular young men of the county, and the bride, a daughter of Hon. J. W. Conger of Bay City, is one of Bay City’s most accomplished young ladies, loved by all who know her. The happy couple left after the ceremony for a brief trip to Houston and Galveston. The News joins the host of friends here in congratulations and good wishes to Mr. Gibson and his bride.

The Matagorda News & Midcoast Farmer, August 8, 1913


Mr. C. L. Gillespie and Miss Viola Fuller were married on the 19th inst. at Benedict, Kans., by Rev. E. C. Moore, the Methodist minister. The Fuller family were former residents of Palacios and have many friends here to whom this announcement will be of special and pleasing interest.

Palacios Beacon, December 24, 1915


Cards have been received announcing the marriage on May 31 of Mr. Emmett Gillespie and Miss Virginia Wylie. They were married in Premont at the home of her mother's brother, Mr. Tom Nicholson, a Presbyterian Minister. Thirty-two years before to the day, Mr. Nicholson read the marriage ceremony for Virginia's father and mother.

Miss Virginia is one of our own girls, having spent her girl-hood and young womanhood here; everyone knows and loves her. She is a lovable and charming young lady and Mr. Gillespie takes one of our most beloved and popular young ladies from us when he takes Virginia to her new home.

Mr. Gillespie is the Depot Agent of the Brownsville line at Francitas and altho not many of us know him, Virginia's choice of him for her life mate places him high in our estimation.

The intend visiting "Uncle" Perry Wylie at the Confederate Home in Austin, then going to Aztec, New Mexico to see her father Mr. Ernest Wylie. They will be at home in Francitas after the first of July.

The Beacon joins the many friends of this young couple in wishing for them a prosperous and happy life together.

Palacios Beacon, June 11, 1931

Gilmore – Gore [Gove]

Matagorda, Texas, June 12.—On the evening of May 17, at 8:30 o’clock Mr. C. J. Gilmore of Blessing and Miss Viola Gore [Gove] of this place were united in matrimony at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Gore [Gove], with a few chosen friends and a number of relatives present, Squire W. E. McNabb officiating.

The bride was charmingly gowned in pale blue, trimmed in white, the only ornament worn being a string of pearls clasping her throat.

Miss Gore [Gove] was an employee in the telephone office here for two years and by her charming personality had made many friends among the patrons, nearly all of whom remembered her with some beautiful and useful presents.

Mr. Gilmore is a young business man of Blessing and had previously prepared a home for his bride, to which they repaired soon after the wedding and are now happily domiciled there.

After the wedding ceremony, the guests were invited to the dinning room, where a sumptuous wedding feast was spread and to which all did ample justice.

The many good wishes of their friends here follow them to their home.

A report was sent to the Tribune the day after the wedding, but failed to reach its destination, hence this late contribution.                                       

Matagorda County Tribune, June 16, 1911


Among the many happy events of June, which is the favored month, which have happened in this vicinity was the Glasser-Spence wedding at Buckeye, Wednesday night, June 20.

Mr. Irwin Glasser of Matagorda and Miss Anna Spence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Spence, were married at the home of the bride’s parents at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Rev. L. E. Selfridge, formerly of Bay City but now pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Temple, officiating, with the beautiful and impressive ritual service of the Presbyterian Church and the ring ceremony. The gentlemen and ladies in waiting were Mrs. L. E. Liggett and Misses Ethel Spence and Miriam Glasser and Messrs. L. E. Liggett, E. R. Hunt and F. J. Spence.

At the appointed time Miss Ruth Glasser, sister of the groom, sounded the familiar opening notes of Lohengrin’s wedding march to which tune the wedding party, preceded by little Miss Marjoria Ratliff, as flower girl, repaired to the hymenial altar where Mr. Glasser and Miss Spence were pronounced man and wife by Rev. Selfridge as the strains of “Lore’s Golden Star Reverie” were being softly played in the distance by Miss Glasser and H. C. Hunt. After the ceremony the guests were conducted to the large dining room where the banquet was held.

The spacious parlors were tastefully decorated with an admixture of honeysuckle and arbor vitae upon a background of black and white. A large arch extended from either side of the room to the other, embracing the two staircases and fireplace below which hung a pair of hearts interlaced, and decorated with honeysuckle and sweet peas. The predominating flower scheme was sweet peas, this being the bride’s favorite. The bride and ladies in waiting carried large bouquets of white roses while the gentlemen had sweet peas.

When the doors of the dining room were thrown open a large table in the form of a hollow square, decorated with roses and sweet peas, met the view of the banquetters. Mr. Francis J. Spence acted as toastmaster. Many were the good things which the five-course menu card called for. Place cards were arranged with the color scheme and sweet peas, and bore the legend of menu and toast for the occasion. A most unique toast program was printed, each toast being a menu number with such titles as—Paprika Bullion, Home-Made Bread, Mountain Loaf, Reflection Salad.

Lady Fingers, Sunshine Pudding, Ginger Snaps, Cuisine Constituents, and were given by Mesdames L. E. Liggett of Collegeport and H. C. Hunt of Buckeye, and Messrs. C. M. Ratliff of Bay City, E. R. Hunt of Buckeye, Arnold Livers of Collegeport and L. E. Selfridge of Temple, all of which were happily responded to by the groom, Mr. Irwin Glasser.

In closing his response, Mr. Glasser invited the wedding party to an adjoining room where the bride cut the bride’s cake.

While music was being rendered by Mrs. Evelyn Logan and E. R. Hunt the bride and groom, taking French leave, quietly slipped out of a rear door where an auto was waiting, and sped on a honeymoon to Galveston and other points.

The bride is the popular daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Spence, is an accomplished musician and an earnest Sunday school and church worker.

The groom is a keen business man, holding a responsible position in Matagorda, and a Christian gentleman. Both of the young people are well and favorably known throughout the county and their many friends whom they number by their acquaintance, wish them the very best in the life before them.                                                             

Matagorda County Tribune, June 22, 1917


MARRIED―At the residence of the bride’s parents in Temple, Texas, on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 1898, Miss Alice O’Brien, late of Beaumont, to Dr. J. M. Gober, of Matagorda.

Dr. Gober stands high, both professionally and personally, and counts his friends by legions. The bride is distinguished for unusual charms of person and endowment of mind, having a wide reputation as one of the most accomplished amateur elocutionists in Texas.

The Tribune extends to both parties sincere congratulations.

The Matagorda County Tribune, December 31, 1898


GOODE-METCALF—At the Methodist parsonage Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Mr. Horace S. Goode and Miss Winifred Metcalf, both of Lane City, were united in marriage, Rev. O. T. Hotchkiss officiating.

The Matagorda County Tribune, February 7, 1919


At noon, Monday, February 15th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Trumbull, of Van Vleck, their youngest daughter, Rena Louise, became the bride of Sam H. Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Gregory, also of Van Vleck. Only members of the immediate families witnessed the ceremony which was performed by Rev. L. E. Selfridge. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory left at one for Houston, where they started for California the following day. Mr. Gregory goes to take a position on a large barley farm in the wonderfully rich San Joaquin valley district near Stockton. They will be at home to their friends after the fifteenth of April, at Terminus, California.

The Matagorda County Tribune, February 19, 1915


Mr. Ralph Grogan and Miss Della Lewis, both of this city, were married yesterday evening at 8 o’clock at the residence of Mr. Clyde Park, by Rev. J. P. Green, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The groom is one of Palacios’ new business men and is interested in the garage and auto repair shop on 5th street. The bride has been a resident of the city for some time, making her home with Mrs. Park, and has many friends among the young people of this city. The Beacon joins with the many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Grogan in extending congratulations and wishing them happiness, prosperity and a ripe old age.

Palacios Beacon, May 5, 1911


Mr. and Mrs. Sam W. Long of San Antonio announce the marriage of their daughter, Margaret Lucille to John Hall Grubb of Chicago, Ill., on Saturday evening at eight-thirty o’clock in the home of the bride. Reverend Paul Hein, pastor of the Grace English Lutheran Church read the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Grubb arrived in Bay City Sunday evening to make their home.

The Matagorda County Tribune, June 1, 1933

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