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Women’s Fashions From An 1896 Newspaper

It is one thing to have photos found in antique stores and try to guess the date they were taken, but another to have a newspaper spread of dated photos.  There have been many styles during the years, and some women adhered to them, always wearing the newest fashions.  Others were not lucky enough to have ready funds available for new clothes, and wore their dresses until they had to be replaced, fashion notwithstanding.  But seeing these photographs from the February 23, 1896, issue of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Jefferson County, gives us a great example of what was in vogue for women’s fashion at that time.

And what a glorious time the late 1890’s were.  This was the era of the gigot or leg ‘o mutton sleeve.  At the beginning of the decade the bottom of the sleeve fit tight to the elbow, then a small puff to the shoulder.  Throughout the next six years the puff sleeve expanded and drooped, then expanded until it took almost a yard of material for one sleeve!.

from Dressed for the Photographer, Severa, 1995

‘The drooping sleeve persisted through 1893 and into 1894 but by 1895 had become much stiffer and wider.  Godey’s described the popular sleeve as wide and very flat on top with “a distinct inflation as they approach the elbow” (November 1895).  Such sleeves required about a yard of material each and were so heavy that the shoulder seam was lengthened somewhat to carry the weight.  By 1896 the sleeve had reached its apogee, extending almost horizontally from the shoulder.  The ideal by this time was to have no drooping lines in the upper sleeve, which meant that some internal support was necessary; this was accomplished by flatlining the super sleeve with a stiff crinoline or fibre chamois, a leathery fabric, before pleating into the armscye.’

The women listed in the top photo –

Top four – Miss Eula Haidison, Miss Lowle Braly, Miss Ella Steel, Miss Lena Hawkins

Middle three – Miss Vera Kerchival, Mrs. P. D. Houston, Jr., Miss Lois McClure

Bottom three – Miss Olivia Davis, Miss Clarice Braly, Miss Josephine Houston

Author of A Knight Templar Abroad

W. Harlan Cord, son of W. H. & V. R. Cord.  March 10, 1850 – November 29, 1885.  ‘A Knight Templar Abroad’.  Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky.

When I first saw this gravestone in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Flemingsburg, Fleming County, I knew there had to be a story behind it.  And yes, I found one.

William Harlan Cord was the son of William Hough Cord and Virginia R. Dupuy.  His father was born in Mississippi, his mother, Virginia.  The two met and married in Mason County, just north of Fleming County May 31, 1849.  I could not find the couple in the 1850 census, but in 1860 the family is living in Fleming County.  William is 37, a lawyer.  Virginia passed away in 1855.  Children listed are William H., 10; Irene, 8; and Mary, 5.  Also living in the household is Mary F. Dupuy, sister of Virginia, living there to help care for the children.  She is listed as 32, born in Virginia.

In 1870 William and Mary have married.  Children listed are William H., 20; Mary, 15; and Clarence, 3, evidently a child of this second marriage.  Also living in the household is Eliza Dupuy, 45, her occupation – authoress.  She is another sister of Virginia and Mary Dupuy.  In 1880 everyone except Mary Cord live together.

With just a bit of research I found that Eliza Ann Dupuy, 1814-December 29, 1880, was a short-story writer and novelist.  She was born in Petersburg, Virginia, the daughter of Jesse Dupuy, a shipowner, and Mary Anne Thompson Sturdevant.  Jesse Dupuy died at an early age and Eliza helped support her mother and younger siblings, which included working as governess and tutor for several prominent southern families.  She lived in New Orleans during the Civil War.  She wrote thirteen novels, many under the pen name Annie Young.  She returned to Kentucky after the war and died on a visit to New Orleans January 15, 1881.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, April 3, 1885

Perhaps having an aunt that was a published author – or authoress as she proclaimed herself – helped William Harlan Cord take up his pen and paper.  Harlan studied law, to follow in the footsteps of his father, but perhaps writing was his passion.  His book, A Knight Templar Abroad, is a record of his visit to Europe in 1883.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, May 15, 1885

The Evening Bulletin of Maysville said in their December 15, 1884, edition, that Harlan had sold $500 worth of his book in three weeks!  The books were priced at $1.50.  He sold about 335 copies during that time period.  Unfortunately. he did not live long enough to achieve the fame that could have been his.  In the November 30, 1885, edition of the same newspaper it is mentioned that ‘Mr. W. Harlan Cord of Flemingsburg is dangerously ill.’  W. Harlan Cord died the day before the newspaper was printed, November 29, 1885.

The beautiful stone that was made specifically for Harlan has a knight on horseback, with the name of his book above.  The cross and crown at the top of the stone is a Christian symbol of the sovereignty of the Lord.  When the crown is combined with a cross, the crown means victory and the cross means Christianity.  The cross with a crown also denotes a member of the York Rite Masons.  As with all types of crowns used by the Masons, it symbolizes the power and authority to lead or command.

Two Weddings and A Funeral

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, September 4, 1894

Silver Wedding

For twenty-five years Peter Greenwade and wife have walked together down life’s rugged path.  In adversity and prosperity they have been the same congenial two and have gotten out of life all the happiness in store for them, and on last Friday, August 31, in commemoration of their twenty-fifth anniversary they celebrated their silver wedding.  A host of friends were present and numerous were the gifts.  The dinner was a most delightful spread and the two were as happy as they were twenty-five years ago when Miss Mollie Ramey became the bride of Peter Greenwade.  May their lives be together many, many years more and be crowned with blessings not a few.

It is our pleasant duty to announce to the readers of the ADVOCATE the coming nuptials of Mr. Courtland Prentice Chenault, one of the most brilliant young lawyers at our bar, and Miss May Hocker Hazelrigg, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Judge Jas. H. Hazelrigg, of the Appellate Court.

This wedding, which is to take place Thursday, September 6, at the Christian Church in this city, has caused a great deal of commotion among our young people on account of both parties being so well known and liked here.  Miss Hocker is one of the sweetest and most accomplished, and at the same time one of the most popular young ladies it has ever been our pleasure to meet.  We have known her nearly her whole life, and from childhood up to the present time she has always been the same sweet Christian girl, and in winning her Mr. Chenault has won one of the grand prizes in the lottery of life.  Of Mr. Chenault we have to say he is ‘a Christian and a gentleman,’ and in those words we have said more than we could in whole volumes.  He is the junior partner of the law firm of Woodford and Chenault, and although one of the youngest attorneys in this district, already has a large and growing practice and we predict for him a brilliant and successful future.  Courtland has a host of friends throughout Kentucky, and as far as we know not a single enemy.  He is a man whom any woman should be proud to call husband.

Young people, we tender to you our sincerest regards and wish you a happy and prosperous journey down the highway of life in the gilded chariot of pleasure.

In speaking of the wedding the Lexington Transcript says:  ‘Miss Hazelrigg is the daughter of Judge Jas. H. Hazelrigg, of the Court of Appeals, and is quite a social favorite in this city, where she has many relatives and friends.’

Died, on Sunday morning, September 2, 1894, L. D. Wilson, aged 78 years.

for some time past Mr. Wilson has been in failing health and the tottering old remnant of his once stalwart frame was not an unusual sight, as the old man who knew everyone and was liked by old and young, was seen making his uneasy way along the street.  Uncle Dud was for many, many years a member of the Methodist Church.  He loved her service and her songs and the old paths and achievements of his church in the day when the ‘circuit rider’ was in the land.  Uncle Dud was a benevolent man, but not in an ostentatious way.  He never thrust his charities before the public gaze.  He was in a large sense a grateful man.  He never forgot a kindness done him.  Only yesterday a life-long friend said of him: ‘Dudley never tired of wanting to do me a kindness and to show me accommodations because of some kindness my father had shown to his mother when she was a widow with small children dependent upon her.’  Uncle Dudley was a successful businessman and was long identified with the business interests of this town.  His wife, the well-beloved Eliza, preceded him to the beyond by several years, and since then Uncle Dud’s chief wish has been to join her.  His desire has been gratified; and yesterday afternoon he was laid to rest by her side in our beautiful Machpelah.


1866 Wedding of George T. Hord and Miss Jane Steele

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 25, 1866

A Diamond Wedding in Woodford

The quiet of our happy village was dispelled on the evening of the 19th by the hurrying to and fro of carriages, hacks and every conceivable kind of vehicle, and greeting the ear of every passer-by was the cheerful inquiry, ‘Shall we meet you at the wedding tonight?’  Mr. George T. Hord, a most elegant and highly cultivated banker, of the firm of Hord and George, and Miss Jane Steele, one of Kentucky’s rarest and most beautiful fair ones, were married by Mr. Venable, our most worthy and greatly beloved Episcopal minister.  The wedding was regal, the scene attendant upon it truly imposing, the beautiful church was brilliantly lighted, and strains of soul-searching music welcomed many distinguished and magnificently dressed guests.

On they came until every seat and aisle were crowded, and after merry greetings, they waited in breathless anxiety the coming of the happy pair.  Intense the excitement grew, until, at last, to the tune of a grand march, entered first the graceful bride and groom, accompanied by ten beautiful attendants, led to the altar by so many gallant cavaliers, magnificently attired.  The bride, as blushing as a May-day rose, was half concealed ‘neath the mazes of a costly and long flowing veil, her dress of the most gorgeous rep silk, handsomely decorated with point lace, and hung in massive folds superbly around her matchless form.  The diamonds sparkling from her queen-like neck and fairy ilugers, made a most brilliant display of a handsome bridal gift of her generous husband.  Her presents were many and mostly of silver.  The groom, the very essence of gallantry and elegance, wore a few gems of the purest water, but rarer far than all, there seemed to be enshrined within his bosom a heart all wreathed with rare and tender buds of love and joy.  So soon as the beautiful ceremony was performed the bridal party were followed by the happy guests to the residence of the bride’s father, Judge William Steele, whose courtesy, coupled with that of his estimable lady, could not have been excelled.  The supper gotten up in good taste, with almost unlimited labor and cost was indeed sumptuous.

The evening passed delightfully, and to the music of Saxton’s band through the mazes of the merry dance we glided until the wee hours of the night, when, with light hearts, we repaired homeward to invoke a prayer for the loving pair, and to mingle with our dreams thoughts of the grand entertainment of the evening.

Versailles, Dec. 20th

According to the census records George and Jane Steele Hord did not have children.  In 1900 they had been married for 35 years.  George was born in Virginia and Jane in Alabama.  George died January 16, 1901, of pneumonia.  According to Jane’s death certificate, she died July 31, 1918.  Her parents are listed as W. J. Steele, born in Kentucky, and Mary D. Winston, born in Alabama.  Jane was born February 14, 1839.

Morgan Row – Kentucky’s Oldest Row

It is a pleasure to visit the Harrodsburg Historical Society in Morgan Row.  These buildings were renovated and preserved beginning in the 1960’s.  I’m so grateful that the citizens at that time decided they were worth keeping!  So much history has passed through these rooms.

If you are in Mercer County researching those elusive ancestors, the Harrodsburg Historical Society is a must stop!

The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Sunday, July 15, 1979

It’s Kentucky’s oldest row

Harrodsburg – By 1807 Kentucky’s large game had all but disappeared.  Forts were becoming towns.  Trails were being made into roads, and farms began to dot the once wooded land.

At Fort Harrod settlers were moving out of the fort and starting to build the town of Harrodsburg.  It was a busy community with hordes of strangers passing through, and many spent a night at Harrodsburg’s finest hostelry – Morgan Row.

Facing the courthouse square on the street called Chiles, in the center of Harrodsburg, Morgan Row played its part in the economic, political and social life of Harrodsburg.

Built by Squire Joseph Morgan in 1807, its architectural plan was actually four houses side by side, connected by shared sidewalls.  Although such houses were fairly common in the eastern colonies, they were unusual this far west.

Much of the local activity revolved around the gala balls held at Morgan Row.  They were attended by some of the most handsome beaux and most beautiful belles in the county.

Stories of its gambling room, its grog shop, and even its barber shop; of political meetings and horse races as late as the Civil War days tell much of the colorful history of the tavern and the town.

Morgan built the row house fire walls of timber from the Harrodsburg area and home-burned brick.  They separated the units in the sturdy two story building and extended above the roof.

The street in front of the row house bears the name of Morgan’s son-in-law, John G. Chiles, who ran the tavern and operated stagecoach and U.S. mail routes from the hostelry.  Chiles Tavern, or Chiles Hotel as it was sometimes called, flourished until 1845.  (Chiles then sold his property and moved to Lexington to manage the Phoenix Hotel.)

Morgan Row today, a part of Harrodsburg for 172 years [now 211 years], houses several businesses and the Harrodsburg Historical Society Museum.

The historical society has restored the north end of the row to serve as a community cultural center as well as a museum.  Portraits by Kentucky artists are on display as well as early glass and silver, pioneer tools and household utensils and many documents pertaining to Kentucky history.

1902 Weddings From The Kentucky Irish American

The Kentucky Irish American, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, June 28, 1902

The marriage bells rang joyously Wednesday for the nuptials of Pat Cahill and Annie O’Brien, Edward Farrell and Catherine Dunn, and Philip Beck and Josie Steimle.  The three ceremonies were celebrated in the presence of large gatherings of friends, all the young people well known and popular.

A pretty but simple wedding took place Wednesday evening, when Miss Elizabeth Holmes became the bride of Charles W. Miller, with the Ahreus & Ott Company.  The ceremony was witnessed by a large number of friends, whose hearty congratulations go with the newly married couple.  An elegant wedding supper and reception followed at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Annie E. Holmes, 2132 Indiana Avenue.

At. St. Paul’s Church Tuesday the marriage of Miss Mary J. McGuire and Edward A. Buey was solemnized, Rev. Father York officiating.  Both bride and groom are well known and popular and many friends were present at the ceremony.  The bride is the amiable and handsome daughter of Frank McGuire, with the Standard Oil Company, and the groom holds a good position with the Chess-Wymond Company.  A largely attended reception followed at the residence of the bride’s parents.

The marriage of Miss Ann Nowak and William Elliott, Jr., was solemnized at St. Augustine’s Church in Jeffersonville, Rev. Father O’Connell performing the ceremony.  Both are well known and highly respected in that city, and a large number of friends and relatives were present to witness the union.  After the wedding a reception was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott, 834 Walnut Street.  They are now spending their honeymoon in St. Louis, and on return will reside in Jeffersonville.

Wednesday morning at the Dominican church Miss Mary A. Tobin, the attractive and accomplished daughter of Thomas Tobin, West Oak Street, and William F. Hoffman were married by Rev. Father Fowler with nuptial mass.  The wedding was a quiet one, the only attendants being Messrs. Herman Russman and John Roberts.  Both bride and groom are well known and have a wide circle of friends who rejoice at their union.  The former was attired in a pretty white Paris muslin costume, with a large picture hat.  Immediately after the ceremony the young people left for an extended wedding trip.  The lucky groom holds a good position with the firm of Hilpp, Richardson & Co.

Pretty and simple were the characteristics of the wedding of Miss Catherine Glynn and Will Mackin at the Dominican church Tuesday at noon.  James Duane and Sam Joyce were the ushers.  The bridal party entered the church to the strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march, played by Miss Aggie Richter, of St. Cecilia’s Church, and were met at the altar by Rev. Father Fowler, who performed the ceremony uniting their lives.  The bride wore an exquisite costume of Paris muslin and lace, with white veil, and carried a shower bouquet of white carnations, while the groom was attired in the conventional black.  After the ceremony the newly wedded young people were given an elegant wedding dinner and reception at the residence of the bride’s uncle, Patrick Glynn, West Oak Street, where large numbers called to tender congratulations and wishes for a life blessed with happiness and success.  They will return next week from their wedding trip.

Among the many marriages this season that which attracted the most attention in Italian and Catholic society circles was the forget-me-not wedding of Morgan J. Parlin and Miss Catherine A. Mazzoni, solemnized Wednesday afternoon at the Cathedral, Rev. Dr. Schuhmann Performing the ceremony.  The lovely bride, who is the daughter of Charles Mazzoni, wore a beautiful gown of white lace over blue taffeta, and was attended by her sister, Miss Pearl Mazzoni, as maid of honor.  Mr. Parlin is a popular employee of the firm of W. B. Belknap and one of the best known young men in the city.  Ralph Campbell was the best man, and Messrs. John Mazzoni, Anthony Montedonico, James Delaney and Morgan Grimes were the ushers.  After the church ceremony the bridal party and about fifty friends repaired to Key’s reception parlors at Seventh and Jefferson, where an elegant wedding supper was served in ten courses.  The happy pair are now spending their honeymoon in St. Louis.

Hon. Phil B. and Martha Thompson Celebrate Golden Wedding

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 2, 1892

A Golden Wedding

Hon. And Mrs. Phil B. Thompson, of Harrodsburg, To Celebrate Theirs Tonight

They Were Wedded Fifty Years Ago At the Home of the Bride, On Her Father’s Plantation In Mississippi, Near Natchez, On the Bluff.

Harrodsburg, Ky., Nov. 1 – (Special) – The social event of the week in Central Kentucky, and one that is attracting great attention, will be the celebration of the golden wedding of the Hon. and Mrs. Phil B. Thompson, of this place, to occur tomorrow evening between the hours of 7 and 11 at their elegant and handsome residence, on East Lexington Avenue, this date being the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.

The marriage of Phil B. Thompson and Miss Martha Montgomery was solemnized on the 2nd day of November 1842, at the residence of the bride’s father on his large plantation, near Natchez, Mississippi.  They immediately, after their marriage, came to Harrodsburg, the home of the groom, where fifty years of blissful and happy married life, unruffled by a single incident of domestic infelicity, have been spent.

Mrs. Martha Montgomery Thompson is the daughter of the late Davis Montgomery, of Mississippi, who at the time of his death was one of the wealthiest plantation owners in the south.  She was born in August 1824, and reared near Natchez, Mississippi.  She is a very devout member of the Christian church and has been since 1846.  In the interests of the church, together with the many charitable societies of which she is a member, she has spent a great deal of time, and is known throughout the State among the members of her church and societies as one of the ablest supporters and most liberal contributors.  Being a lady of remarkable vivacity, endowed with brilliant social qualities and possessed of a kind and generous nature, it is needless to say that she has been the gem of happiness in her home for a half century, and has presided over the household of her talented and honored husband with that queenly dignity, cultured taste and devotion for which Kentucky women are so famous.

The Hon. Phil B. Thompson, Sr., was born in Harrodsburg, on January 8, 1821, and is a son of John B. Thompson, the once noted lawyer, now deceased.  He has three brothers and four sisters.  The brothers are Judge James H. Thompson, of Hillsborough, Ohio; J. B. Thompson, who was in 1857 United States Senator from Kentucky, and Charles Thompson, who, with the exception of the first, are deceased.  The sisters are Mrs. M. T. Davis, Harrodsburg, Ky.; Mrs. A. P. Tribble and Mrs. Susan Massie, Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Kate Dun, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Mr. Thompson was educated at Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1838.  In the fall of 1838 he began the study of law under his senior brother, John B. Thompson, and was admitted to the bar in 1840.  He immediately commenced the practice of law, which he continued until October 1846, when he was mustered into service at Louisville, as a volunteer of the Mexican War.  Leaving a young wife and three small children at home, he, with that same unswerving allegiance to duty that has characterized him through life, heeded his country’s call, and marched to battle to save it from invasion by a foreign power.  He was Captain of Company C of Col. McKee’s regiment, and stood within a few feet of Col. Clay when he was shot at the Battle of Buena Vista.  Having serviced in this war with distinction, he was mustered out at New Orleans in July 1847.  He returned to Harrodsburg and again began the practice of his profession.  In 1851 he was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for his Judicial district, serving until 1856.  In September 1861, he entered the Southern army, was a member of the Provisional Government of 1862, served during the war under the command of Gen. Bragg and Gen. S. B. Buckner, and returned home in 1865, when he again resumed the practice which he has ever since continued, it being conceded at all that he has since that time been the leading attorney of the very able bar at this place.

The name and fame of P. B. Thompson is familiar to every court and lawyer in Kentucky, and to many all through the South.  He has been publicly recognized for a quarter of a century as one of the most brilliant, successful and famous criminal lawyers in the State.  There are but few counties in the State, and none in Central Kentucky, whose courts and juries have not, at some time during his long career of successful practice, listened to and felt the wonderful power of his magnetic oratory.

Of the many cases in which he has been engaged, one was the defense of Tom Buford, charged with the killing of Judge John Elliott, at Frankfort, Ky., the case being tried in Owen County.  Another was the defense of James Arnold, charged with the killing of Robert Little, at Richmond, Ky.  His associate counsel in this case was Hon. Dan Voorhees, Hon. W. O. Bradley, Hon. Curtis Burnam and Hon. James B. McCreary.

Mr. Thompson served in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1885-1886, was the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee, and is the author of the bill permitting the defendant to testify in criminal cases.  He has never sought political distinction and has an aversion for politics.  He is a Democrat, and with his remarkable intellect, magnetic bearing, genial sociability and indomitable courage, had he preferred to enter the political arena, rather than enjoy the quiet, peaceful and successful practice of law, there is no doubt but that he would have attained high honors.

Three bright boys, now in the prime of manhood, blessed the union of this venerable couple.  The are Dr. Davis Thompson, of Chicago; Hon. John B. Thompson, Jr., of this place, one of the most noted lawyers in Kentucky, and proprietor of the Old Fort Springs Distillery here; and Hon. Phil B. Thompson, Jr., ex-member of Congress of this district and now practicing law in New York, of whom it is said by people able to judge that few brighter intellects ever graced the halls of Congress or the United States bar.

Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Thompson have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Prominent among the people from a distance who are invited and expected to attend the wedding are:  Hon. Dan Voorhees, Hon. J. C. S. Blackburn and wife, Hon. R. P. Jacobs and wife, Hon. Joseph Lewis, Hon. W. L. Jackson, Jr., and wife, Hon. P. W. Hardin and wife, ex-Gov. S. B. Buckner and wife, Hon. John S. Branaugh and wife, Hon. Chas. Pierce, Hon. M. J. Durham and wife, Hon. J. C. Wickliffe and wife, Hon. J. J. McAfee and wife, Rev. W. P. Harvey and wife, Hon. E. J. Polk and wife, Hon. Richard Wintersmith and Hon. W. L. Davis.

There are about three hundred invitations issued and an elaborate supper will be served.  President John Williams, of Daughters’ College, Harrodsburg, will deliver the address of the evening, and while it is being delivered Mr. and Mrs. Thompson will stand under an arch constructed of holly and mistletoe, suspended from which will be cotton stalks with the bowls in bloom, and a hand of tobacco, the cotton being emblematic of the industrial product of the bride’s native state, the tobacco that of the groom’s.  Hon. Phil B. Thompson will hold in his arms their beautiful great-grandbaby, of whom they are so fond.  An old colored servant will stand at the rear of the parlor, he being the only living witness to their wedding of 1842.