From the Idaho Teller - Lewiston

Saturday, October 28, 1876

A letter from Elk City, I.T., dated October 17, 1876


John C. Young, better known as Brigham Young, had stated to the boys that he was about to take to himself a wife.  At first it was disbelieved and only treated as a good joke, but the fact soon developed itself by the rush for paper collars, hair oil and boot blacking among the boys.  The stars and stripes were soon wafted in the breeze, the flag raiser, reported to have been one of the bride’s former admirers, being a little frustrated, hoisted the colors on one string, thus making it difficult to again lower them, but this excited sympathy rather than anger.  The county clerk issued the license, Justice Bower made his appearance and invited guests crowded the house.  Some looked rather envious, but the majority were as happy as possible, and all seemed to be watching for the appearance of the would-be bride.  Delay was not long before Brigham appeared with the fair young widow, Mrs. Eliza Marston leaning upon his arm.  He was dressed in black coat and pants with white vest and kid gloves, in fact as well as any gentleman could be for such an occasion.  The bride was dressed in white muslin over white silk underdress with long untrimmed train, sides had gathered trimming separated by bands of white satin and large white satin bows trimmed with white muslin ruffles and lace, long sleeves, large tulle veil and a bouquet of orange blossoms just above the forehead.  In fact she appeared lovely beyond description.

The justice soon pronounced the ceremony which mad “them twain one flesh,” Mr. Young then saluted his bride, after which there was a general rush.  One gentleman whose feet were about the size of two feather pillows, threw himself to the front and would have gracefully performed his part, but for the flag-raiser and Paddy who in great haste rushed in and knocked him out of time.  He soon recovered his footing and got in a respectable kiss somewhere below her eyebrows.  He was soon removed and the delicious morsel was passed around so that we all got a taste.

Mr. Moulton the landlord, announced supper to which all repaired and were surprised to find along table groaning under so great a load of eatables and drinkables; in fact I think “Little Giles” is the only man in America who could have produced such a supper in so short a time.  Supper over we all repaired to a ball arranged in a tasteful manner at the store of Mr. Zeigle and provided with good music for a dance.  After a few setts the newly wedded pair were carefully stowed away in each other’s embrace to dream of the happy future. 

There were numerous presents bestowed upon the happy couple consisting of horses, cows, flour, beef, sugar, coffee, sweet-oil, vinegar bitters, etc., etc., and in all amounting to no small sum.





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