Sunday, July 17, 2011

$100,000 Wedding Present

I wrote last week of the marriage of two inmates of the Oklahoma Confederate Home in 1912. Immediately after the wedding, the newlyweds received a special gift.

A newspaperman from the Kansas City Post, in Ardmore to cover the wedding, presented the couple with a gift of $100,000 in cash. Asked about his generosity, the newspaperman laughed it off, saying he had plenty of that kind of money.

The story explains:

"Inasmuch as the bridegroom was an old Confederate soldier and the bride the widow of an old Confederate, the $100,000 given them was in Confederate currency."

The newspaper story concluded by saying that ceremony was a festive one and  that "all went merry up to and including the charivari the night of the wedding."

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