“Early in the morning of December 23 , the friends of Miss Stella Barton began to gather at the residence of her mother until the parlor was filled to overflowing with pleasant faces of her admiring friends. At 9:10 she and Mr. Luther B Moore appeared from the drawing room led by the officiating minster. Rev. W.M. Houston united them in the holy bonds of matrimony in his usual happy manner, pronouncing them husband and wife with some affectionate words of advice.
Those who witnessed the pleasant ceremony were Revs. M.C. Aleridge, H. S. Wallace, W.L. Blackwell and wife, Rev. and Mrs. Houston, J.T. Kirk and wife, J.W. Kirk and wife, C.W. Washburn and wife, J.B. Morin and wife, J.W. Starr and wife, H. M. Milliron and wife and little daughter, J.J. Butler and wife, E.B. Handsaker and wife, W.L. Houston and wife and children, Misses Emma Washburn, Lutie Washburn, Minnie Houston, Annie Lee, Anna Crain, Kate Farrington, Kate Blew, Hattie Clow, Maud Carson, Nora Carson, Millie Caldwell, Ida Wait, Fannie Owen, Mrs. R. P. Caldwell. Messrs. Will Moore of Oregon City, Or., C.P. Houston, Thos. Handsaker and Freddie Washburn and J.T. Clow.
The following presents were received: Book – Rev. and Mrs. Blackwell. Book – Rev. and Mrs. Houston. Beautiful silver butter and pickle dishes – Revs. Aleridge and Wallace, and Messrs. W.O. Gibbs, Thos Handsaker and Mrs. E.B. Houston, Misses Fannie Owen, Emma Washburn, Maud and Norn Carson, Annie Crain, Kate Blew, Mattie Lee, Annie Lee, Minnie Houston, Lillie McKee, Kate Farrington, Hattie, Clow, and Clark McKee. Silver castor – W.H. Speer. Breakfast castor – Millie Caldwell. Silver napkin rings – J.B. Morin and wife. Set silver table spoons – J.W. Starr and wife. Set silver tea spoons – W.L. Houston and wife. Card basket – J.T. Clow. Large fruit dish – J.W. Kirk and wife. Fancy pitcher – Winnie Barton. Glass pitcher, fruit and pickle dishes – J.T. Kirk and wife. Perfume bell and crystal with perfume dressing case – J.J. Butler and wife. Two beautiful cut glass perfume bottles – Ida Walt. Fine satin table scarf – T. A. Milliron. A beautiful card – Wm. Pitney and wife. One dozen napkins – I. Senders and wife, One half dozen napkins – Harry Milliron and wife. A picture throw and set of doyles – Mrs. Emma Washburn. Pillow cases – Mrs. C. W. Washburn. Silk handkerchief – Mrs. Carson. Lace handkerchief – Mrs. V. Krata. Mr. and Mrs. Moore took their departure on the 10:30 train for Oregon City, their future home, and where Mr. Moore is engaged as station agent for the S.P. railroad. Their many friends followed them to the depot and bade them a good bye, giving them a shower of rice for good luck as the train moved away. ” Junction City Times (OR), Dec 26, 1892, pg. 5.
This wedding announcement is a perfect example of what you can find in a small town newspaper, hardly a detail of the event was overlooked. From those who attended to a detailed list of each gift the bride and groom received. Certainly there must have been some social pressure to bring just the perfect gift, knowing that it most likely would be reported in the next issue of the newspaper! Perhaps your family still has some of the original wedding gifts in the possession that could be authenticated by a newspaper article. I also thought it curious the time of day the wedding was held and that the happy couple had already departed by 10:30 a.m.!
If you haven’t looked for your ancestor’s wedding in the newspaper – it is worth the search.