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(The Year is 1916)

“The Bride to Be and Groom to Be Were Not Able to Agree”


Caperton Dixon, the groom, who was employed at White Sulphur Springs and had a nice farm in the area was to have been married on Wednesday to the bride to be, Miss Sibby Dunbar of  Sinks Grove, but the wedding did not take place because the couple couldn’t agree where they would live after the knot was tied.

Dixon is the nephew of Mrs. T. H. Smithson of Alderson and all arrangements for the wedding had been made.  A few days before the day set for the wedding, he procured the necessary license and came to the residence of Mrs. Smithson to visit, arranging to bring his bride to her home for supper on the evening of his wedding day.  On Wednesday morning Dixon took out for Ronceverte where he hired a rig and drove to the home of his beloved.  It appears the question of their place of residence had not been definitely decided, and so they took a drive before the expected ceremony to see if they could not arrive at a mutual agreement.  The groom-elect wanted to live at his own place.  The bride that was to have been, wanted to live at her home.  Finally Mr. Dixon, who has survived two wives, drove back to the home of Miss Dunbar’s parents and leaving her in tears at the gate drove away.

Mr. Dixon and Miss Dunbar were not the only ones disappointed.  Mrs. Jenkins, sister of Mr. Dixon, who lives near Sinks Grove, had killed three chickens and prepared an elaborate dinner for the anticipated newlyweds, but they didn’t show up and in this case no rain checks have been issued for a return match.  Mrs. Smithson had prepared a fine wedding supper, but Mr. Dixon came in alone on No.19 and no blushing bride graced the scene.  Mr. Dixon on Wednesday night was mad clear thru, but he philosophically remarked if he had given in inside of a month he would probably have forever lost his independence.


Copied from a local Newspaper of 1916

Submitted by Phyllis Dunbar