Thursday, October 20, 2016

Short Form Marriage Ceremony

In 1959 Lawrenceville National Bank and Trust Company, in celebration of their fiftieth anniversary, published a brochure presenting a brief glimpse of how Lawrenceville was when the bank first opened. In April 2011, we published excerpts of this book every Thursday.

One of the paragraphs stated:  At one time 'Squire' Milligan got himself into hot water with his reputation for rapid marriage ceremonies. One couple had the fast service, and the bride complained afterward that it had all happened so fast that she really didn't feel married at all.  The 'Squire' offered to repeat the ceremony at no cost, and more slowly, but the new groom allowed they had already been well enough married once and he declined the offer."

We wondered at the time we read this, if this was true, or merely an exaggeration.
Our every efficient researcher, K Borden located the actual article in the February 18, 1909 Lawrence County News.  

Squire Milligan is fast getting the reputation of being an expert in the tying of the matrimonial knots, but last Monday his short form marriage ceremony was questioned by a bride who doubtless thought she was not getting the worth of her money.

The couple in question was C. L. Higgerty and Miss E. F. Wetherton, both of Bridgeport. They secured the necessary papers from County Clerk Johnson and then hied themselves to the office of the Justice.

At the close of the impressive ceremony the bride was heard to remark that she did not feel like a married person, the services were so short. The Squire is above all things genial and accommodating, and he offered to do the job over, using a longer ceremony, but the groom objected.


            The Lawrence County Historical Society will hold its monthly program meeting on Monday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m., at the History Center on the corner of 12th and State Streets in Lawrenceville.  Ryan Cox, minister at Pleasant Ridge Christian Church, will be the guest speaker.  A former high school history teacher, Cox will discuss how events in Europe resulted in the migration of a family whose descendants helped to found Pleasant Ridge in 1834, and 180 years later, continue to be active members of the congregation. The meeting free and open to the public.  

 Click here for upcoming calendar of events.