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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.

Col. John F. Wight Obituary

In the 1880 census of Shelby County, John and Martha Wight had the following children:  Duke (Martha), 19; John F., 17; Sarah B., 15; J. Albert, 14; Mary, 12; and William A., 8.

John Fletcher Wight, son of James and Sarah Wight, born in Frankfort, Kentucky, 1832, moved to Shelby County 1836, graduated at Dartmouth College 1853, married to Martha Jane Oglesby in Panola County, Mississippi, 1859, member of Kentucky Legislature 1869-71.  Died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, September 27, 1908.  ‘All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come, though shalt call and I will answer there.’  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, September 28, 1908

Col. John F. Wight Dead

Shelbyville, Kentucky, September 27 – Col. John F. Wight, a wealthy retired farmer, died at 8 o’clock this morning at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in this city after an illness of bladder trouble.  Col. Wight was prominent in Democratic politics for a number of years and at one time represented Shelby County in the Legislature.  He is survived by his wife and several grown children.  He was a member of the Centenary Methodist Church.  The funeral will take place Tuesday morning and the burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery at this place.

Martha Jane Wight, daughter of Albert A. and Agnes Abernathy Oglesby, born in Surrey County, North Carolina, February 29, 1840.  In early life removed with her parents, five brothers and three sisters to Panola County, Mississippi, died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, April 1, 1935.  “I give unto them eternal life.’

Gilbert Ratcliff – WWI Soldier Killed Day Before Armistice

All casualties of war are sad, not only for the parents and family, but the rest of the country.  No one wants to lose a child, spouse, sibling, relative or friend.  But to be killed the day before the armistice took effect must have been an extra blow to the loved ones of Gilbert Ratcliff.  Since his parents were not informed until December 6, I’m sure they were ready to welcome their hero home from the war, sure that he had made it through. 

My uncle, Robert Carrico, was killed in Sicily in September of 1943.  My mother, her parents and siblings, never got over his death.  Even in her last years she would tear up talking about Robert.  I’m sure Gilbert Ratcliff’s photograph was hung on the wall, in prominent view, for all to see and remember – I know Uncle Robert’s was.

Gilbert Ratcliff, Co. L, 11th US Infantry, born August 22, 1890, killed November 10, 1918, in Argonne Forest, France.  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, December 7, 1918

Six Gold Stars on Shelby’s Honor Roll

Gilbert Ratcliff’s Death Makes Total of 26 Casualties From the County

Shelbyville, Kentucky, December 6th.  Shelby County has given its sixth life to the cause of liberty and freedom.

Mr. and Mrs. Logan Ratcliff were notified by the War Department today that their son, Gilbert, who was in his twenty-seventh year, was killed in battle in France, November 10, the day before the armistice was signed.

Ratcliff went to Camp Zachary Taylor May 28 and sailed overseas the following August.  He was attached to a machine gun company.

Shelby’s other hero sons are:

Corporal Jesse N. Martin, who died April 7.  Private Luther Stevens, whose death occurred some time in July; Sergeant Frank Jesse, death reported July 23; Corporal Aaron Devine, who died in August, and Noah Wilmott who died October 14.

In addition to these six fatalities, four Shelby boys have died in France from disease, fifteen in training camps here and one in an airplane accident, making the county’s honor roll, unofficially, twenty-six.

Philipp Ziegler – More Than A Biography and An Obituary

I began this post with the biography of Philipp Ziegler, but with just a little research found so much more!  He and his wife Sara Mehohoff were married November 9, 1880, in Jefferson County.  In May of 1885 their daughter, Alice, was born; in October of 1888 a son, Philipp, Jr., was born. 

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888

Jefferson County

Philipp Ziegler is one of the self-made German citizens of Louisville.  He came here a poor boy, and by dint of his own energy, honesty and industry has secured an independent fortune.  He was born in the province of Baden, in 1854, and at the age of eighteen years came to the United States, and to Louisville.  He soon obtained a position as clerk, first for John Hehl, contractor and builder, and afterward with H. Wedenkind & Co., wholesale grocers.  In the fall of 1878 he went into the grocery business for himself, at his present stand, corner of First and Gray Streets – at first with Charles Klein as partner; but he soon after bought him out, and has since carried on the business alone.  In 1881 he was married to Miss Sarah Mehohoff, a daughter of Henry C. and Mary Mehohoff, of Louisville.  Henry Mehohoff is the largest dairyman in the state, keeping always on hand from 250 to 300 cows.  His dairy is located on Preston Street road, and comprises 173 acres of choice land just back of the House of Refuge.  Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler have but on child – a girl, three years of age – named Alice.  Mr. Ziegler visited the ‘Faderland’ last summer with his family, and spent several months traveling over the southern and northern parts of Europe.

In 1887 Philipp Ziegler obtained a passport for the purpose of traveling to Europe.  It says he will be accompanied by his wife, Sarah, and infant child, one year and nine months.

The most interesting part is the description given – age 32 years, 5′ 7″, medium forehead, blue eyes, straight nose, round chin, dark hair and fair complexion.

The letter accompanying his application for passport was written on his store letterhead!  ‘Gray Street Market, office of Philipp Ziegler, dealer in staple and fancy groceries, game, fish, oysters and fresh meats.  Cash paid for all country produce.’

In the 1900 census the family is living on First Street, in Louisville.  Philipp is 46, Sarah is 37, Alice is 15 and little Philipp is 11.  Evidently there was another child, since Sarah is listed as having three children, with two living (I have seen that this child’s name was Carl).  Brother Fred Ziegler, 24, is living with the family.

from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Tuesday, July 9, 1907

Philip Ziegler, aged fifty-three years, of 2324 Floyd Street, died at 5 o’clock yesterday morning at his home after an illness of two months. Mr. Ziegler, who is a native of Germany, conducted a grocery at First and Gray streets for thirty years, and was well known in the East End.
He was born in the province of Boden, Germany. For a time he was in business in Frieburg, Germany, but came to this country in 1871. He leaves, besides a wife, one son, Philip. Jr., and a daughter, Alice Ziegler. He also leaves three brothers living in Louisville, Jacob, George, and Fred, and a fourth brother, the Rev. William Ziegler, who, with his father and mother, still live in Nonnenweier, Germany.
The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at 8:30 o’clock at the residence, the Rev. Theodore F. Johns, of St. John’s Evangelical church, assisted by the Willis Stuart Lodge of Masons, of which Mr. Ziegler was a prominent member, having charge of the services. After the Masonic rites the burial will be in Cave Hill cemetery.

Eusebius C. Bainbridge Biography and Obituary

from Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, 1887

Owen County

Eusebius C. Bainbridge, was born in Owen County, Ky., November 14, 1828. He is the son of Erastus B. and Sarah M. (Foster) Bainbridge. Erastus Bainbridge was born in Fayette County, near Lexington, December 1, 1801.  He came to Owen County in 1826, and located on the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives. He was married in 1823, and was the father of three children. Absalom Bainbridge, paternal grandfather of our subject,
was a native of Virginia, and settled in Kentucky at an early day. He was a physician, and a preacher of the Baptist denomination. Isaac Foster, the maternal grandfather of Eusebius C. Bainbridge, was a native of Maryland and a pioneer of Kentucky. He was a farmer by occupation. E. C. Bainbridge was reared in Owen County, where he received his primary education, receiving his literary education at Transylvania University, at Lexington, Ky. In 1846 he began the study of medicine under Drs. Turnbull and Brooks, at Philadelphia, Penn., and attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College, where he graduated in 1850. He then engaged in the practice of his profession in Cincinnati, Ohio, five years, when he married Miss Sarah A. Doxon, of Newport, Ky. He then returned to Owenton and settled on the old homestead farm of 600 acres, where he now lives. He still practices medicine, but devote a part of his time to raising fine stock. He has three children: Hattie, Erastus and Paul.  Politically, Dr. Bainbridge is a Democrat, and represented his county in the State Legislature in the session of 1877-78.
from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County,Kentucky

Friday, July 21, 1905


Had Been Conspicuous Many Years – Father of Mrs. L. O. Cox.

Dr. E. C. Bainbridge, aged seventy-six years, died of a liver complaint yesterday morning at 6:30 o’clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. L. O. Cox, after a long illness. He is survived by two sons and one daughter, Erastus Bainbridge, of Owen County, Paul Bainbridge, of Louisville, and Mrs. L. O. Cox, wife of L. O. Cox, president of the Union National Bank.

Dr. Bainbridge was a graduate of Transylvania University, and also of the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. After having successfully practiced medicine in both Philadelphia and Cincinnati, he came back to his native county pf Owen, where he afterwards became prominent as a farmer. His constituents sent him to the Legislature, where he faithfully represented his district for a number of years.

Dr. Bainbridge’s character in whatever capacity he served was unimpeachable and his loss will be mourned by the host of those who knew him.

The funeral services were held at 5:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. L. O. Cox, the Rev. Dr. J. G. Minnigerode, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, officiating. The body will be taken to Owenton, his former home, for burial. The honorary pallbearers were as follows: Thomas W. Bullitt, William P. Otter, Gilmer Adams, T. R. Gordon, John C. Strother, John L. Helm, Henry Strater, H. C. Rodes and Oscar Fenley.