|From the Idaho Teller - Lewiston
Saturday, October 28, 1876
A letter from Elk City, I.T., dated October
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.
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.
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.
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.