Golda Colwell Gets Married

An unusual wedding announcement from the June 7, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1, columns 1 and 2:

Golda Colwell Married.

We copy from The Maryville Daily Tribune of last Friday the account of the marriage of Miss Golda Colwell, of this city, to Chas. Booth, a plasterer of Maryville, who helped to plaster the new M. E. church at this place.

The Tribune’s Account.

Chas. Booth, of Maryville and Miss Golda Colwell, of Skidmore were married Thursday afternoon by Justice Geo. W. Partridge, of South Main street, the justice being a friend of Booth.

The young couple will reside in Maryville, the husband being an employee of Chas. Arnold, a plasterer of West Eight street.

Booth is a young man who has had so much trouble during the past two years as the result of a shooting scrape which occurred at Burlington Junction in July, 1904.  He was at that time employed there, and had made the acquaintance of a young widow, Mrs. Anna Sparks, who was working in the hotel at which Booth boarded.

One night while the woman was driving with another admirer Booth, who stated afterward that he had been drinking and did not realize what he was doing, followed the couple and attempted to shoot his rival, a ball from Booth’s revolver striking the more successful Lothario in the arm.

The marksman was arrested on a charge of assault with attempt to kill, and had three trials in the Nodaway county circuit court before a jury could agree on a verdict.  On the third hearing he was found guilty of assault and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in the Nodaway county jail.

After completing his sentence Booth remained in Maryville and showed himself to be industrious and trustworthy. He was only about 20 years of age when his trouble occurred, and the experience is thought to have been of value to him.

George W. Partridge acted as his attorney in the three trials in the circuit court, and it was to this friend that the young man went Thursday when he desired to be married to the girl of his choice in maturer years.

Justice Partridge had conceived a strong liking for the young man while the latter was having so much difficulty with the law.  The magistrate was, therefore, much pleased to officiate at the marriage of his one-time client to the Skidmore young woman, who is spoken of very highly by people who know her.