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Bates, Frank Harrison and Bates, Jennie (née Greene) (Married)
appeared in Fenelon Falls Gazette, 15 Jan 1881, p. 2, column 3-4
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On Monday evening we had the pleasure of being present at the marriage of Miss Jennie Greene, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Greene, of this village, and Mr. Frank H. Bates, of the township of Reach, which took place at the family residence on Francis street west. A large number of invitations were issued and so many accepted that, when all had arrived, nearly seventy were found to be present, and Mr. Greene's house, roomy as it is, was pretty well crowded both upstairs and down. The hour fixed for the ceremony was 3 o'clock, but, as is almost invariably the case, there was a brief delay, and it was about half an hour past the appointed time when the wedding party made their appearance in the drawing-room-the bride on the arm of her father, who gave her away--and walked slowly along the passage with difficulty opened for them by the eager spectators and took their respective places in front of the altar. The bride was beautifully attired in garnet silk, trimmed with a lighter shade of brocade, and a long tulle veil fastened to her hair with sprays of orange blossoms. The first bridesmaid, Miss Agnes Campbell, of Port Perry, wore a cream-coloured tarletane dress, looped with garnet ribands and trimmed with cream-coloured satin. The second bridesmaid, Miss Bowman, of Fenelon Falls, wore a dress of cream-coloured cashmere and satin, looped with crimson rose. The groomsmen were Mr. Edward Fitzgerald, of this village, and Mr. William Bates, a younger brother of the bridegroom's. The marriage service was promptly commenced and soon over, the officiating clergymen being the Rev. Mr. Lochead and the Rev. Mr. Logan, the latter of whom pronounced the closing benediction, and then, with a skill and adroitness only to be acquired by much practice, dropped the "first kiss" upon the smiling lips of the bride. Of the subsequent osculatory performances all we will say is that they were simply maddening to male observers who could think of no pretext on which to participate in them, and they occupied about fifteen minutes, as near as our then disordered state of mind enabled us to judge. Congratulations of the happy pair followed, and, these being over, the newly married couple and some of the younger of the guests eagerly repaired to a large room which had been cleared for dancing, and, after a few moments spent in preliminaries, a quadrille was commenced, to the excellent music furnished by Messrs. Reynolds & Marshall, who are rapidly acquiring a more than local fame, and who really extraordinary skill upon their respective instruments--the violin and the piano or organ--is at once remarked by all in whose presence they play. Those who had to wait for their turn in the ballroom or whose dancing days were over, sought other amusements, and the great centres of attraction during the early part of the night were two tables in the parlour, upon which were displayed the marriage gifts, which were very numerous and some of them of considerable value. About 12 o'clock a really sumptuous cold collation was partaken of, and on so profuse a scale had the wants of the guests been provided for, that when all had been served enough remained to satisfy another wedding party almost or quite as numerous. The great attraction of the table was a splendid wedding cake, of mammoth proportions, which was cut up and distributed among the guests, and almost every young lady of course carefully wrapped up a portion for the purpose of putting it under pillow and "dreaming on it." Soon after supper several of the guests left for home, but dancing was resumed and kept up for a couple of hours longer with great spirit, especially by the bride and bridegroom; but it was necessary for them to start a little before 4 a. m. for Lindsay, there to catch the 6 o'clock train, which was to bear them on their way to Michigan, in which State a number of the relatives of the bride reside. They were soon ready and down in the hall, where all the household and the remaining guests were waiting to bid them an affectionate farewell, (with the usual accompaniments) and a few minutes later the happy pair, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen and a few others were off in sleighs drawn by spirited horses to town. Of Mr. Bates, with whom we were totally acquainted until after his marriage, we can say nothing from personal knowledge, but he is highly spoken of by those who have long known him. His bride has lived here the greater part of her life, is known by everbody, and has the best wishes of all for her future happiness. She is not only a very pretty girl, but a thoroughly good one. An affectionate and obedient daughter, a warm-hearted friend, a pleasant companion, full of health and spirits, and a notable housekeeper, she is eminently fitted to become the model wife of a prosperous farmer, and such appears to be her enviable fate.

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Genealogical Resource
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Wedding Announcements
Date of Publication
15 Jan 1881
Date Of Event
12 Jan 1881
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Bates, Frank Harrison and Bates, Jennie (née Greene) (Married)