Married in Haste

We ran across this sensational wedding story and thought it worth sharing.  From the Nodaway Democrat, August 5, 1886, page 5:

Married in Haste.

Stanberry and Albany were considerably excited last Wednesday morning.  A telephone message received here stated that Ed M. Forrest, the evangelist, who had been conducting a revival at Stanberry, and Mrs. Ida Groves, daughter of Rev. Walcott, had started to Albany for a marriage license.  It was inferred that it was an elopement.  About eleven o’clock the couple drove into town, procured the necessary document from Circuit Clerk Thomas, and repaired to the M. E. parsonage where Rev. Enyart performed the marriage ceremony, and thence to the Evans house, where they registered as “E. M. Forrest and wife, Philadelphia.”

An hour or two later a medium-sized, light haired, well dressed gentlemanly appearing young man appeared in our office and introduced himself as E. M. Forrest.

Concerning the popular episode, Mr. Forrest said he met his bride when he first came to Stanberry, about two weeks ago, we believe became infatuated with her charms, told her of his love, and ascertained that the young lady reciprocated.  On Sunday last he informed her father of the condition of affairs and that they expected to get married next fall.  The announcement was like a thunder-bolt, and so surprised the young lady’s parents that they could not be reconciled.  Friends of the family and of Mr. Forrest were called in and a council was held.  The evangelist plead his own case and agreed to abide the verdict.  He preferred to defer the marriage till fall, but the young lady announced her intention of leaving home and remaining away until the wedding.  As both parties were of age, the parents could not prevent or delay the consummation of their wishes.  As Mr. Forrest was on the eve of going north to spend his vacation, it was finally agreed to tie the knot at once, which was done as above stated.

Mr. Forrest told us in an open hearted earnest way that, while it appeared a little sudden, he was surrounded by such circumstances that he could not consistently compel the young lady to wait until he got ready as he did not want to take chances on losing her, and that he felt confident he could satisfy everybody interested that he acted as other men of honor would have acted under similar circumstances.

The Ledger has no opinion to offer in the matter.  We know Rev. Wolcott to be a true christian gentleman, and the young lady has stood high in the communities where she has lived.  Three or four years ago she married her first husband at Maysville under circumstances that proved her faithfulness.  Her betrothed, Dr. Groves, was taken very ill several months previous to the day named for the wedding.  She was constantly at his bed side and when the doctors finally informed her that the patient must die, she acceded to the wishes of the supposed dying man and was married to him.  To the surprise of all he revived and fully recovered, but a few months later sickened and died.

Considering the reputation of the groom and the high standing of the bride and the circumstances of the wedding, the affair has caused no little talk, and unlike our readers, we can only extend good wishes while others will be free to offer opinions and various prophesies. — Albany (Mo.) Ledger.