The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, June 20, 1907
GEO. W. PICKEREL and MRS. LORA E. BELL, both of this city, were joined in the bonds of matrimony on Wednesday evening, the consummation of a happy courtship and the event caused but little surprise to their friends, who had been expecting the marriage for some time.The couple are well and favorably known in Chariton where they have resided for several years.
MR. PICKEREL formerly residing at LaGrange, but since disposing of his farm has been engaged in business of various kinds in Chariton.They are a most worthy couple and all hope their journey along the causeway of this mundane sphere will be a tranquil one and strewn with the flowers of prosperity.
The marriage was solemnized at the M.E. Parsonage, Rev. N. Evans officiating After a short wedding trip they will settle down to housekeeping in Chariton. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
' Worse Than Charavaries'
The old fashioned charavari may belong to a semi-barbaric age but the custom in refined society of showering newly wedded people with rice and tying old shoes to their trunks on the eve of their wedding trips, may or may not bear investigation.On Tuesday (sic) evening, after the marriage of MR. GEORGE PICKEREL and MRS. LORA BELL, when they started to Des Moines, they not only were the recipients of these favors, but the following handbill flooded the trains and depots, "for the information of the public," Of course the bridal party were supposed to enter into the spirit of the occasion and enjoy the fun:
"Warning! Confidence man has eloped with a Society Bell.No reward is offered but the public is warned to look out for them.Special Megaphone Message to all:Chariton, Iowa, June 19, 1907. -- Local police report that GEORGE W. PICKEREL, a well known western crook, was married some time today to MRS. LORA BELL, a charming lady of this city.PICK is a short portly fellow, and a smooth guy.When last seen had on a hat, a pari of shoes, a collar, and a pair of Boston garters.It was also learned that he belonged to the Union.PICK is a pugilist by birth so do not attempt any familiarity but LORA is timid and any consolation will help her."
Everyone understood that it was simply a "wedding joke," and all attention was turned to them, somewhat embarrassing, nevertheless.As MR. and MRS. PICKEREL are of our best people they received the hearty congratulations of a wide circle of acquaintances. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert December 21, 2004 email@example.com http://www.rootsweb.com/~ialucas/Main.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~ialucas/Main.htm