Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Carringers in the News -- Laura May Carringer Weds Guy Garfield Gordon in 1903 in Kansas

   It's time for another edition of "Carringers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Carringer (my mother's maiden surname) that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Dighton [Kan.] Herald newspaper dated 10 December 1903:

The transcription of this article is:  

"MARRIED-- Mr. Guy G. Gordon to Miss Laura Carringer both of Shields, Kans.  The groom is a son of Mrs. Gordon living near the Iron bridge on the Walnut, one of Lane's best families.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Carringer, one of Lane county's mfair daughters and Shield's most most accomplished ladies.

"The following is the list of presents:
Bed room suite, Mrs. L.M. Gordon, Shields.
Dinner set, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Carringer, Shields
Clock and tea set, Mollie Carringer, Shields
Lamp, Alvin, Frazy, Selden, Kansas.
Silver knives and forks, W.H. Butler, Osage
Berry Sewt, F.S. Logan, Shields, Kansas
Table Cloth, Mr. and Mrs. E.?. and John Markel, Elkhart, Ind.
Set napkins, Will Markel, Elkhart, Ind.
Bed Spread, Davis Gorman, Elkhart, Ind.
Silver tea spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Heasly, Elkhart, Ind.
Lamp, T.A. Brown, Shields, Kansas
Butter knife and sugar shell, W.C. Stinson, Shields, Kansas
Teapot and jelly dish, O.E. Logan, Shields.
Salt and pepper set, Cora Carringer, Shields
Lamp and syrup pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. F.N. Hills, Shields, Kansas
Pair towels, Belle Jackson, Sanborn, Iowa
Feather bed, S. Hayden,  Ainsworth, Iowa
Pair blankets, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Gordon, Shields, Kan.
Cake plate, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Fitch, Shields, Kans.
Berry dish, Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Carl, Imperial, Kansas
Table cloth, Mr. and Mrs. Hagmeier, Healy
Silver table spoons, Mr. and Mrs. D.B. King, Shields, Kans.
Cake stand, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Bitner, Hoisington, Kansas."

The source citation is:

"Married," The Dighton [Kans.] Herald newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 10 December 1903, page 8, column 5, Guy G. Gordon and Laura Carringer marriage announcement;   Newspapers.com  (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 13 September 2021).

This marriage announcement not only provides the names and residences of bride and groom, and their parents names, but also the gifts received from the wedding gifts.  I did not have the marriage date, although it is not expressly given, but it must be before 10 December 1903;  if it was on the Saturday before this date, then it would be 5 December 1903. 

Guy Garfield Gordon (1879-1950) was born 22 May 1879 in Elkhart, Indiana, and died 17 January 1950 in San Jose, California.  Laura May Carringer was born 30 April 1883 in Oregon, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph Howard and Charity Isabel (Hayden) Carringer.  Laura (Carringer) Gordon died 16 September 1966 in San Jose, California.  Guy and Laura (Carringer) Gordon had three children:

*  Raymond M. Gordon (1904-1988), married 1928 Nellie I. Richardson (1901-????)
*  Dorothy M. Gordon (1909-1974), married Meredith Roseboorough (1905-1992)
*  Wayne Howard Gordon (1912-1968) , married 1953 E. Ann Moore (1906-1986)
*  Edna Leone Gordon (1916-1997), married Malvin Moore (1915-1970).

I am a 2nd cousin twice removed to Laura (Carringer) Gordon.  Our common ancestors are my 4th great-grandparents Martin Carringer (1758-1835) and Maria Magdalena Hoax (1768-1851) and Daniel and Elizabeth (King) Spangler. 

There are hundreds of Carringer "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a marriage announcement contains the names of family and friends I am glad that I can honor Laura May Carringer today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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