From Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, marriage, 19 September 1899, p 6.
Weddings and engagements have made up practically the whole of Lexington's social season for some weeks and the end is not yet. Until yesterday, however, society had been duly warned of all the matrimonial alliances which have occurred in its midst. But Monday held a surprise. At 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, at the residence of Judge and Mrs. Soule Smith on South Limestone, where the bride and her mother have for some time resided, Mr. Philip Thompson Chinn and Miss Elise Allen Ferguson were united in marriage. Dr. Preston Blake of the First Baptist Church performed the ceremony. The sole witnesses of the marriage were the bride's mother and Mrs. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Chinn remained at Judge Smith's residence till time to go to the depot to take the C & O train for Louisville. They were at the Galt House in Louisville last night and today go to French Lick Springs, Ind. They will remain there two or three days and then proceed to Chicago for a short stay, returning to Lexington in a week or ten days. They have not decided yet where they will reside upon their return, but will probably board at the Phoenix Hotel for a time at least. While the engagement of Mr. Chinn and bride had never been announced, still it had been tacitly understood among their friends for some time past. It was not supposed, though, that their marriage would take place for several months. In fact, it seems that it was only Sunday night that the high contracting parties decided that they would marry Monday. They kept their resolution a profound secret and no one save Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Smith knew that the marriage was to take place till after it had occurred. Numerous and hearty were the congratulations wired to the handsome and popular young couple last night by their hosts of friends here, upon whom they had stolen a clever march. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Ferguson of this city; Mr. Ferguson being a well known turfman and probably the most famous race starter in America. She is a brunette of unusually handsome face and figure and is possessed of a charming disposition and a bright mind. She has long enjoyed an exceeding degree of popularity in local society. The groom is a son of Colon and Mrs. Jack Chinn of Mercer County. He is a handsome, manly young fellow and numbers his friends by the score. He is a former student of Centre College, Danville, and a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and the local lodge of Elks. Mr. Chinn is well known in the turf world and is a partner in the extensive commission brokerage business of Chinn & Frye, which has headquarters in this city. The Herald extends its congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Chinn and wishes for them a long life and a happy one.
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