Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hickman Marriage

Dr Charles W Hickman and Miss Blanche G. Walton were married on a Wednesday afternoon at the Church of the Good Shepherd-- allow me to quote:

....The scene of a beautiful ceremony in which the society of that elegant suburb was considerably interested and which furnished a pleasing episode to the midsummer record. At six o'clock that beautiful churched commenced to fill with white dresses and black coats and to brighten with expectation, while the suggestive sweep of vehicles around the carriage walk anticipated the happy tendency of the evening's service. The church lamps burned low in the twilight and sweet music stole softly through the aisles, wound among the flowers and seemed to form wavelets about the marriage bell. At half past six the bridal party entered the church....

The ushers and bridesmaids have names I see again and again in the newspaper: Mr. Willet, Mr. Berckmans, Mr. Gibson, and Mr. Stovall; Miss Turpin, Miss Walton, Miss Cuthbert, Miss Walton, Miss Adams, and Miss Connelly.

...Two dainty little ladies of honor, Miss Margie Wood and Miss Sarah Harper who held open the floral gates while Mr. Thomas C. Walton escorted the bride, his sister, Miss Blanche G. Walton to the altar. There they were met by the groom, Dr. C.W. Hickman, who was with his brother, Mr. Tracy I. Hickman, was standing ready to receive them...

...The picture of the fair young girls kneeling about the altar where the path of the maiden had merged into the life of the wife was touching and suggestive....

Hold the phone. I am quoting excerpts from the newspaper announcement of their wedding and they have used the word "suggestive" twice. TWICE! Once in regards to fair young girls kneeling-- seriously?! I digress...

A reception was held at her parent's house, near Summerville.

... The daughter of Mr. Robert Walton, and is a charming and accomplished representative of one of the oldest an best families of the State. She is the favorite of her relatives and friends, and unites many graces of person and disposition to bright qualities of mind and heart. Few young ladies in our midst have as many friends...

Yo. Whoever wrote this really like Blanche.

...Dr. Hickman is a useful and particularly gifted member of the medical profession in Augusta. He is a graduate of one of the best medical schools of Germany, and is an acknowledged authority upon the specialities of his practice in which he has been so singularly successful in Augusta. He is a genial, popular gentleman and deserves the success and happiness which his position and recent good fortune will command for him...

Two thoughts: (1) the person writing this has no idea what kind of doctor Dr. Hickman is. (2) The author likes Blanche more than Charles.

Maybe three thoughts:

(3) Has anyone else ever read old wedding announcements? They crack me up. Sometimes, I wonder what was written about the really mean people that get married. Of course not every person who married way back when was "gracious" or "lovely," some of those women had to be just plain brats. Who did Mama bribe to say "congenial" or that they were "the most popular of the social youth."

My other thought about old wedding announcements: What was said of those that, ahem, had to get married due to a dalliance. "Mary and John met at the Officer's Club about eight weeks ago and it was love at first sight... literally. Mary wore a loose fitting gauzy white A-line off-shoulder and carried her flowers low..."

Wrapping up:

...The bridal party left last evening for Old Point, Virginia, and other resorts of the old Dominion, where they will spend the summer.

Chas and "Honey" as her friends called her were married July 18, 1883. Pause: Can we take a moment and talk about how HOT that church would have been come about 7pm? Average highs in July crest 90+. Unpause.

These two crazy kids were not kids by the standards of 1883; she was practically a spinster with her 26 years of life under her belt. Chas was 31. I am allowed to say things like "spinster" because I, too, was 26 years into my life when Husband and I were married. A year later, their only child that would see adulthood would be conceived on their anniversary and born the 18th of April, 1885.

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I started to write more about the Hickman couple, but am digging too deep in their past right now and don't want to be hurried and leave things out.


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