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1894 Weddings, Parties and Luncheons

I always enjoy reading the announcements in old newspapers of weddings, dinner parties and other affairs.  It is a moment, frozen in time, for us to enjoy. 

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 4, 1894

Society News

The brilliant nuptials of Mr. B. F. Watkins, of New York, and Miss Shirley Chenault, of this city, took place last evening at 9 o’clock at the College Street Presbyterian Church.  Long before the hour a large crowd of friends had assembled, and when the doors were opened they soon filled every available space in the pretty church.  The decorations were most tasteful.  Potted plants of waxy magnolias and palms formed the background for the banks of annunciation lilies.  The bride was loveliness itself, and her brunette beauty was never more pronounced than it was when she appeared last evening in her bridal gown of ivory satin, which was cut low in the neck, around which was a bertha point of lace.  A bridal veil was held on her brow with a tiara of diamonds.  The bridal bouquet was of orange blossoms and white roses, covered with white tulle, and entwined with a bowknot made from a white lace handkerchief, according to the latest Parisian idea.  The maid of honor, Miss Milbrey Watterson, wore a pink silk gown, and made a contrast to the other attendants, who entered in twos and were uniformly gowned in white moire, around the full sleeves, rounded corsage and revers of which was a trimming of otter.  They carried shower bouquets of Catherine Mermet roses.

The groom and his best man, Mr. Robert Harrison, of New York, met the bridal procession at the altar, and formed the central figures of the semi-circle composed of the bridesmaids and the ushers.  These were Misses Laura Brand, Abbie Goodloe, Maud Yandell, Florence Beckley, May Brockenbrough, Annie Chenault, of Richmond; Mary Chenault, of Lexington; and Messrs. John Snedecor, Preston Carson, of New York; Roger Ballard Thurston, Raphael Semmes Colston, Burton Vance, Ben Leight, Edwin Whitney and Spencer Graves, of St. Louis.  The flower girls were Nellie Chenault, Hattie Montgomery, Ethel Chenault and Maud Montgomery, all beautifully dressed.

As the wedding part moved down the aisle, Mrs. Maggie Ward Bell, the organist, played the march from “Lohengrin” and “Traumerei” during the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, of the Warren Memorial Church, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Herbener, the pastor of the College Street Presbyterian Church.  At the conclusion of the ceremony the opening march from Wagner’s “Tannhauser” was played for the retrocessional.

After the ceremony a reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason W. Chenault, of 908 Second Street, at which only the bridal party, the relatives and a few intimate friends were present.  The decorations at home were not elaborate, but were of the same kind as those at the church, in the parlors the mantels and mirrors being banked in palms and annunciation lilies.  The bridal supper was served from small tables about a large center one, where the wedding party was seated.  It was covered with a white silk cloth, and had in its center a mound of lilies surrounded by ferns.

At midnight Mr. and Mrs. Watkins left for their future home in New York City, where they have taken a residence on West Seventy-Third Street.

Among the guests from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Nash and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Aldrich, of New York, who came here especially to attend the wedding.


The wedding of Dr. W. Ewell and Miss Ella Belle Perry, of Taylorsville, took place Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. L. G. Perry.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. W. W. Gardner, of Taylorsville.  The groom was formerly a resident of Louisville, where he has a large number of friends.  Miss Annie Moore, of Shelbyville, and Mr. Clarence Money, of Finchville, accompanied the bridal pair to this city.  Dr. and Mrs. Ewell are on their way to New York, where the groom expects to take a post-graduate course in surgery at the Polyclinic Hospital.


Mrs. Paul Cain, of St. James Court, was the hostess of the L.D.W. Euchre Club last evening.  The following were among those present:  Will Lyons, Kenneth McDonald, A. Leight Monroe, Donald McDonald, J. C. Burnett, John Hughes, Harry McDonald, George Avery, Henry S. Tyler, Miss Atmore.


Miss Selena Barrett, of 1212 West Broadway, gave a luncheon of twelve covers in honor of Mrs. Frederick Butler, of Detroit, yesterday morning.  The decorations in white filled in with the popular stevia flowers.


Miss Mary Swearingen leaves next week to attend the wedding of Mr. Lawrence A. Young and Miss Mabel Wheeler.  While she is in Chicago she will be the guest of Miss Katherine Baker.


A large party will leave next Wednesday for Chicago with Mr. Bennett H. Young in a private car to be present at the Young-Wheeler wedding, which takes place in that city at noon on Thursday.  In the party will be Mrs. Allison, Mrs. J. G. Cecil, Miss Mary Swearingen, Mrs. Burwell K. Marshall, Dr. Stuart Young and a number of others.


Yesterday a marriage license was issued to P. Bronger and Annie B. Lampton.


Miss Virginia Matthews gave a dance last night at her home to a number of her school friends.


Mrs. George F. Downs, who has been quite ill of la grippe, is now considerably improved and expects to be out in a few days.


Miss Julia Penn, of New Albany, who has been spending a few days with Mrs. J. Moss Terry, returned home yesterday.  Miss Penn will be one of a large theater party to hear Patti at the auditorium tomorrow evening.

Bennett H. Young Biography

Scan_Pic1341As with any biography that gives extreme deeds I had to check and make sure Mr. Bennett Young was the man proclaimed in Perrin’s book.  I have heard these biographies are not entirely correct because they are written by the family or information given by the family and some parts could be exaggerated, but I’ve always felt that they give a genealogist a starting place.  My great-grandmother’s genealogy was not entirely correct, but I have built on the part that is and eliminated that part that is not.  Anyway, I wanted to check on Mr. Young and found the same information in an old book, The City of Louisville and A Glimpse of Kentucky, by Young Ewing Allison. copyright 1887.

from Perrin’s Kentucky, A History of the State, 1888

Bennett H. Young, one of the enterprising young business men of Louisville, is a native Kentuckian, and was born May 25, 1843, in Jessamine County. He is a son of Robert and Josephine (Henderson) Young, also Kentuckians, and devout Presbyterians. His early education was obtained in Bethel Academy, in his native county, but in 1861 he entered Centre College at Danville. His college life, however, was interrupted by the civil war, and affected by the spirit of the times and the ardor of youth, he enlisted in Company B, Captain William Lewis (of Fayette County), Eighth Regiment, Colonel Leroy S. Clark, Morgan’s famous cavalry. He served with General Morgan, and was captured with him at Buffington Island, Ohio, and imprisoned at Columbus. Afterward he was transferred to Camp Douglas, Chicago, from which he escaped in January, 1864, and finally made his way into Canada. It was too late in the season to pass down the St. Lawrence River, navigation having closed, and so the young soldier matriculated in the University of Toronto, where he remained until April, passing a highly creditable examination. He was placed in command of a number of escaped Confederate prisoners, and took passage on the first boat going down the St. Lawrence after resumption of navigation, and sailed for the West Indies, where they caught a blockade runner for the Confederacy. This was a hazardous undertaking, as the blockader went in under fire, and several of the crew were killed, while the remainder, panic-stricken, became so demoralized that they no longer obeyed orders. In this trying ordeal the young Confederate soldier, with reckless exposure, gave his assistance to the officers of the vessel, and taking the post of a seaman who had been killed, he bore a very prominent part in saving it from capture or destruction. He was appointed first lieutenant in the Confederate service and sent to Canada, where he subsequently engaged in many daring and hazardous enterprises, the last of which was the St. Albans raid. When the Confederacy went down at Appomattox, Lieutenant Young went to Europe, where he remained until his political disabilities were removed under the general amnesty proclamation of President Johnson in 1868. While in Europe he studied several years at the Irish and Scotch universities, taking the first honor in the law course, and third distinction in the literary department of Queen’s University. He returned to the United States, and in 1868 commenced practicing law in Louisville, where he soon won a large and lucrative practice. He became interested in railways, and in connection with St. John Boyle, constructed the Louisville & St. Louis Air-Line road. This was followed by the more difficult but important work of reconstructing an almost dead line. In connection with R. S. Veech and others he secured control of the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad, rebuilt it, and made it one of the most valuable lines centering in Louisville. In 1885 he undertook the construction of the magnificent cantilever bridge across the Ohio between Louisville and New Albany, followed by the Daisy Belt Railroad, connecting Louisville and New Albany over this bridge, and also extending to the beautiful suburb of Parkland. Since the completion of these enterprises he has constructed (having recently complete it) the Louisville Southern Railroad, destined to be one of the most important roads from Louisville to the South. It involves the development of Eastern Kentucky, a region as rich in mineral resources as Pennsylvania, and hitherto not penetrated by railroads. No public enterprise fails to receive his hearty support. He is president of Bellewood Seminary at Anchorage, Kentucky, which stands as a monument of his liberality toward education. He is president and has always been the moving spirit of the Polytechnic Society. To him and his indomitable enterprise, more than to any other man, it owes its present prosperous and dignified position. Mr. Young is unselfish, charitable, modest, quick to think and act, full of resource and tact, with a bull-dog courage that knows no defeat. He has never sought political preferment, but could have almost any public office he would ask for. He has been prominently mentioned as a candidate for Governor, but has always declined to allow his name to go before a convention. He was married in 1866 to Miss Mattie R., eldest daughter of the late Rev. Stuart Robinson, D. D., the distinguished Presbyterian divine. They have quite a family of children, and their home is noted for its culture, refinement and hospitality.