Will Logan and Pearl Allison Elope, 1911

Some excitement (or rather, post-excitement description) from the August 10, 1911 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Plucky Young Lady Eloped in Kimona

Romantic Runaway Marriage of William Logan, Skidmore, and Pearl Allison, Maitland, Carried Away in Auto.

Will Logan and his young bride, who created so much excitement in their romantic elopement of Tuesday night of last week, were visiting relatives in Skidmore this week.  Young Logan is a son of R. M. Logan, south of Skidmore, and a nephew of Joe Logan of Skidmore.

He is an honest, intelligent and industrious young man.

The bride was Miss Pearl Allison, the pretty and accomplished daughter of a wealthy Maitland farmer.  She is not yet eighteen years old and her parents objected to her marriage partly on account of her youth and partly because the young man of her choice was not as rich as some other young men might be.  The young man did not possess an automobile, but he did have a near friend who did possess one and knew how to run it, hence the auto ride by moonlight and the neighborhood surprise the next day.

Following is what the Democrat-Forum heard over the phone Saturday afternoon:  “She’s a real pretty, sweet girl and just think of it!  The automobile stopped at a place down the road, a mile or so from her father’s house, Tuesday night.  It was 10’o’clock, but don’t you think, she couldn’t carry her clothes, you know.  She slept downstairs and the folks upstairs and when she heard the car she put on her kimona, and carrying her slippers in one hand and her rats and hair ribbons in the other she slipped out of the house and ran in the dark all alone to where he was waiting in the auto.”

“Did you ever?  I wish I could have seen her.  I’ll bet she was pretty, even without her rats and curls.”

“Well, they drove away off around up and down and over till they got to Falls City, Nebr., or near there, where the bride was fitted out with a wedding gown, and I think they got married there.  Some say in Kansas, but I don’t know.  But they’re married anyway.”

“My! I hope everything’ll turn out right, don’t you?  Gee, I wish I could have seen them.”

“That fellow ought to appreciate a girl that would do that to marry him.”

“I hope she won’t be sorry.”

“I do, too.  But he’s a good fellow, all right, and I believe he’ll make good.”


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