Historical Note - Week of November 29th

The Livingston Enterprise, November 29th, 1884

From Cooke City

Married – at 6 o’clock p.m., at the residence of Capt. J.H. Pearse, Cooke City, by Rev. Father Halton, Robt. P. Vivion, of Bozeman to Miss Nellie S. Blair, of Lancaster, Ohio. Reception 6 to 12 p.m. No presents.

The above is something after the form of the card I hold in my hand and as I look back over the events of the last few days I will try to give you the particulars. On Saturday Mr. R.P. Vivion and the invited guests from Bozeman arrived and you could see a look of sadness steal over the faces of our bachelor citizens, and see them in little groups on the corners discussing the advent of our friend Vivion and what had best be done under the circumstances. The outcome of it was a bachelor supper on Sunday evening at the Lancaster hotel, and such a repast. I have a faint recollection of something of the kind back in the States, but thought it would be impossible to produce the like in a mining camp, but mine host and hostess of the Lancaster seem to be equal to any emergency, and over roast chicken, oysters, and Mumm’s extra dry the boys told stories of the days that are gone, and our friend Auston would forget himself and begin to relate his experience in ’40 when he was young and had serious intentions, then he would cast a longing look toward the parlor and his hand would steal to the top of his head and endeavor to conceal the bare spot and then he would heave a sigh and replenish his glass. The toasts were numerous and appropriate. At 6 p.m. on Monday the spacious parlors of the Lancaster were thrown open to the invited guests where all were comfortably seated. The bride, Miss Nellie P. Blair, accompanied by the fairy bridesmaid, Miss Henriett Pearse and Mr. Vivion, attended by Capt. Pearse, entered. The bride was attired in white, the dress of silk and an overdress of old lace, with a beautiful bridal veil and orange blossoms. The fairy was dressed in blue silk. Father Halton performed the impressive marriage ceremony of the Catholic faith, and in a few moments they were man and wife, and while Mr. and Mrs. Vivion were receiving the congratulations of their numerous friends Mrs. Dr. Macumber rendered the Grand Wedding March by Menddlessohn. At 7 o’clock the dining room was thrown open and the guests partook of a bounteous repast. It is impossible for me to describe the menu; suffice it to say it was grand. After supper the guests tripped the light fantastic till 12 o’clock, when they retired at one o’clock. One hundred guns were fired in honor of the occasion at 7 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Vivion, accompanied by numerous friends, started for Bozeman, their future home.

We are having fine weather and the miners are improving it. There is more work being done than ever before at this season of the years.

On Monday as some of the miners were passing the store house at the Great Republic mine they discovered that it had been broken open and some of its contents gone. Search was at once commenced and the goods found in the possession of Gotleib, a German living in the camp, and while the necessary papers were being made out he took a walk over the hill. Con. Murphy, minus hat and coat, in hot pursuit. It was a fine race, odds in favor of Gotleib. The question is, where has Gotleib gone? Parties seem to think he had some assistance in his escape.

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