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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - Bowman & Rankin


Tuesday, Sept 6 1904 [written in at top of article].


One of the prettiest and most charming home weddings ever solemnized in this city was the one which occurred yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bowman, when their daughter, Miss Bessie, was united in marriage to Mr. James A. Rankin, son of Captain and Mrs. W. D. Rankin, in the presence of relatives and about twenty-five or thirty friends of the contracting parties. The ceremony, which was performed by Rev. J. W. Howell, was beautiful and impressive, the ring ceremony being used.

It is no extravagance of speech in this instance to state that the bride, who is conceded to be one of Lexington's prettiest and most charming young ladies, never looked more beautiful and attractive than on this the most eventful period in her young life. She was handsomely, but becomingly, attired and presented a charming picture of young womanhood as she joined hands with the husband of her choice.

The groom bore himself most gallantly, as became one who was the proud winner of such a noble young woman for his bride.

The bride and groom are numbered among Lexington's most popular young people, each having hosts of warm and admiring friends.

After receiving the heartiest congratulations of all present, the bride and groom left on the 5:25 train for St. Louis, where they will spend about ten days visiting the exposition, after which they will make an extended tour of the east. They will return in about three weeks and make their home in Lexington until the completion of the handsome new residence which the groom is having built in Ray county.

The Daily Advertiser extends to the young couple its heartiest congratulations wishing for them a long life as clear of clouds as the bright, beautiful September afternoon on which they plighted their troth.

The attempt of the bride and groom to elude some of their friends who had planned to bombard them with rice and old shoes was cleverly frustrated and they were given a strenuous time of it, the merry-makers accompanying them all the way to Myrick, heralding the glad tidings to the public by means of a megaphone and printed circulars, all of which was greatly enjoyed by the bride and groom of course.

I have never seen anything like the circular that was passed out. It is the image above right. Click on it to see a bigger image. The transcription is as below.

The circular:


Can you look upon the handsome face of the groom and ask that question?

Mr. James Alexander Rankin, a Ray County farmer, and Miss Bessie Bowman, were married Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Lexington, Mo.

They are an affection couple but shy - Oh so very shy! If you stare at them they will be embarrassed but


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