Double Wedding, 1915

Cupid strikes again in Skidmore, Missouri. This report is from the February 18, 1915 Skidmore New Era, page 8:

Old Time Courtship at Brush Africa Brings Four Here to Marry.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have with us this morning:

Mr. and Mrs. Walter McGinness — due to a party at which they met five years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Smock, due to their having been sweethearts since she was in pinafores and he in knickers.

The four were married yesterday at the First Christian Church by the pastor, Rev. C. M. Chilton. They came from Skidmore, Mo. Mrs. McGinness was Miss Birdie Nowland. Mrs. Smock was Chloma Lowrance. The double wedding was not due to a runaway. Both couples began their honeymoon by stopping at the St. Francis hotel.

Five years ago, McGinness, a thrifty, hard working young man, attended a party in the country near Skidmore. At the sociable, he met Miss Nowland. In a few weeks he became a caller at the Nowland home regularly. Did Miss Nowland go to a party? McGinness took her. Did she go to Skidmore to church of a Sunday night? McGinness was along. And oft through the intervening springs, summers, autumns, and winters were the two together.

McGinness last night declined to say when he first proposed. but he looked jubilantly happy, overflowing with joy, bursting with pride born of wedlock. Also it must be remembered that he has known her five years and that is a long time in this day of —
“Mr. A., this is Miss B.”
“O, Mr. A., so glad to know you.”
“Miss B., may I see you home?”
“O, yes, to be sure.”
“O, by the way –“
“Yes — tehee.”
“Will you marry me?”
“Betcherlife.”
Certainly it was not that sort of courtship. That sort leads to a wedding in five days, or two weeks, and, later, often, to the offices of lawyers, and into court.

These people knew each other five years, or sixty months, 260 weeks, 1,825 days before they were married.

“We’ve been keeping company five years,” the bridegroom said last night. Mr. Smock and his wife were raised together — that is, their folks lived neighbors, and they’ve been sweethearts a good deal longer than we have. Well, we talked it over — all of us were friends — and we decided all to come to St. Joseph, and be married by a Christian minister. We didn’t run away. We just wanted to come up here all together and have a double wedding.”

The above article is self explanatory and was taken from the St. Joseph Gazette Friday, Feb. 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Smock will reside on the Dick Kyle farm near Graham and Mr. and Mrs. McGinness will live on the Jim Cook farm six miles southeast of Skidmore.

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