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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Miss Horner's Marriage

Many years ago when I first began researching Harriett Hayes Louthan on Ancestry.com, I found Harriett Horner Louthan.  Hattie, as she was known, was a 'Kansas poetess', according to the publications I have been able to locate.  The other day I was searching  http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html digital newspaper collection.  I came across the newspaper article below.  I haven't found it transcribed anywhere on the Internet, so I thought I would share it on my blog.  

The Wichita Daily Eagle, Sunday Morning, June 14, 1893 page 5

The following regarding the marriage of Miss Hattie Horner and Mr. Overton Earl Louthan is taken from the El Dorado Republican:
A short time ago invitations to the wedding of Miss Hattie Horner and Mr. Overton Earl Louthan were sent out, and responses to these were about 130 guests met at the pleasant home of Dr. and Mrs. Horner, near Whitewater, Wednesday, June 21, to witness the happy nuptials.
The day dawned brightly and guests began arriving by train and carriages early in the morning.  El Dorado, Peabody, Newton, Towanda, and other neighboring towns were well represented.
At 12 m, sweet strains of music emulated from the house, and soon the bridal appeared at the front entrance, and stepping upon carpets spread for the occasion, advanced under nature's canopy to the place prepared for them, where the spreading branches of the trees cast their lacy shadows over the happy pair and their attendance, Miss Cora Taylor of El Dorado, and Mr. Herbert Beck of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Rev. G H Laughlin of Kirksville, Mo., stepped forward and after a few appropriate remarks, pronounces a brief marriage ceremony, after which he introduced the contracting parties  to their friends as Mr. and Mrs. Louthan.
The bride, our Kansas poetess, wore a dainty gown of cream white china slik(sic). The skirt with demi-train was void of trimming. The waist cut square in front and V shaped in the back was very tastefully trimmed lace bretelles and pearl passementerie. The elbow sleeves were finished with a deep ruffle of lace which fell gracefully over the arm, and the gulmp of silk illusion and silk girdle added their charm to the very pretty toilet.  White silk gloves and white kid slippers completed the costume.  She carried a beautiful spray of Marechal Niel rosebuds  and in the coil of her brown hair nestled one creamy bud. She also wore a bud on her corsage.
The bride's maid,  Miss Cora Taylor, wore a very becoming dress of salmon-colored bengaline, with Eton jacket of dark velvet and trimmings of the same. In her hands she carried a spray of delicate pink rosebuds.
 The groom, Mr. Earl Louthan of Chicago, and Mr. Herbert Beck, his best man, looked well in their conventional suits of black.
 After the friends had tendered congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Louthan, they were invited to partake of an elegant wedding dinner, spread on tables in the kindly shade of the trees.
 The presents were numerous and elegant, typifying the high esteem in which the young couple are held by their hosts of friends, who wish them many long years of happiness together and trust that the June roses of life may be plentifully strewn along their pathway.
 The bride is truly a Kansas girl.  She was connected with the educational interests of this city for several years but the past few years have been spent in newspaper work in which she has acquired the name "Kansas Poetess." At present she is writing for several of the leading magazines.  The groom was a former resident of this city and is a noble young man. He is at present bookkeeper in one of the leading firms in Chicago.
They took the evening train for Wichita where they spent a few hours with the groom's parents. They were guests of Mr. and Mrs J. M. Garrett, in this city for a few hours Thursday, leaving on the afternoon train for Whitewater.  They departed  Thursday night for their future home in Chicago. 
May joy and prosperity attend them.
 Hattie and Earl are found in 1900 Federal Census enumerated in  ED 106, Precinct 11, Denver city ward 12, Arapahoe County, Colorado residing at 59 South Grand Ave. According to this census, Overton E Louthan was born in Illinois  March 1868 and Hattie was born Feb 1867 in Iowa.  The birthplace of Earl's parents is left blank on the census page, while Hattie's father was born in Kentucky and her mother was born in West Virginia.  By 1910, Hattie is widowed and  was still residing in Denver CO at the time of the 1940 census.  She was a teacher at the University of Denver.

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