Typical Calhoun Wedding from 1894


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/27/1894.

A quiet wedding took place last Thursday evening about a mile above town. Miss Tudie Stump and Mr. Jesse Scott were united in marriage at 6 oclock at the home of the bride in the presence of only members of the family of the contracting parties and very few invited guests; Rev. A. Westfall officiating. The bride is the eldest daughter of S.T. Stump, a highly respected citizen of this community, and the groom is a son of S.M. Scott, a prominent hotel keeper of the town. After the ceremony the party came to town, where a reception was held in the parlors of the Scott hotel. They will take up their residence in one of Mr. Scott's elegant cottage houses. Our sincere wish is that their life's voyage may be calm and serene as a summer morning.

In conformity to a custom established from time immemorial in the community, on last Thursday evening a number of small boys, middle aged boys, large boys and young men gathered together all the cowbells, tin horns, shot guns or anything else with which a noise could be made, and repaired to the Scott hotel for the purpose of serenading the newly married couple. George Lowers acted as Captain, Wat Stump, Corporal and Eber Dulin did the grinnin. About 9 oclock the music began; volley after volley was fired; round after round was made with bells, tin pans and the like until about 11 oclock, some one went in and told the bride and groom that the boys were there serenading them, but couldnt make noise enough to be heard in the house; the groom then came out and made satisfactory arrangements for a treat, after which all dispersed as happy as happy could be.