February 1893 wedding performed during train’s 20-minute layover in Ukiah – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

Making every minute count during a 20-minute stop, a Santa Rosa man disembarked from a just-arrived train at the Ukiah railroad depot on a day in February 1893, where his soon-to-be bride, a Ukiah woman named Lucy Cleveland, was waiting with her bridal party and the ever-important clergy.

Following is the newspaper article about their wedding, and other news published in that edition of the Mendocino Dispatch-Democrat, a weekly newspaper published in Ukiah.

Friday, Feb. 17, 1893 – Mendocino Dispatch Democrat

An interesting event took place in the waiting room of the railroad depot at this place on Tuesday last, when Robert McGeorge, of Santa Rosa, and Lucy J. Cleveland, of Ukiah, were united in marriage. The blushing but elderly groom came up on the train and was met at the depot by the bride and bridal party, and during the twenty minutes which the train lays over here the marriage ceremony was performed, Rev. J.L. Burchard officiating. After receiving the congratulations of many friends the happy couple boarded the cars and left for their future home in Santa Rosa. The Dispatch-Democrat extends its congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McGeorge.

Board of Supervisors

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors met in adjourned session yesterday. All members present. The principal business before them is to award contracts for keeping the public highways in repair for the ensuing four years. There are forty-one road districts in the county and more than 100 bids have been filed. At the hour of going to press the bids had been opened but no contracts had yet been awarded.

Footpad Campbell in Trouble

E.W. Campbell, made notorious by his testimony against Sidney Bell, who was tried for the murder of Samuel Jacobson in San Francisco, was sentenced in the Justice’s Court at Fort Bragg on Monday to 180 days in the County jail for stealing a gold watch from the show case of a store.

It will be remembered that a few weeks ago the Dispatch-Democrat published an interview with Campbell in which he said that he was conducting a saloon at Caspar and making heaps of money by “rolling” drunks. Campbell will be needed in San Francisco again shortly to testify in murder case of Sidney Bell, which will be tried again.

Willits Items

Ed. Dispatch-Democrat: Seeing that X. Y. and Z. has been giving you a few items, thought I would see if I couldn’t also help in some way to let the outside world know what is going on up here in our pleasant little burg. Everybody should know what is going on here, even if it is nothing but time, for we are the people, and don’t you forget it.

We have had some nice weather up here of late, first rain, then snow, then rain and mud. The foregoing has been our bill of fare for quite awhile and we would like to have a change. But then I had better talk about something else for awhile, for I can talk about the weather anytime.

Mr. Geo. Upp and wife, and Miss Martha Davidson are spending their vacation in the city.

Miss Kittie Smith, of Sherwood, is visiting friends in Willits.

Constable James, of Sherwood, was seen on our streets this week.

The rain has brought up salmon by the hundreds and the boys seem to enjoy catching them.

Miss Nettie Mosier departed the fore part of the week to open her school in the Day District.

Miss Callie Mosier will open her school at Laytonville sometime near the first of March.

N.P. Howe has been engaged to teach the Sawyer’s school.

The W.C.T.U. will present the drama “Ten Nights in the Bar-room,” on next Saturday evening.

Dr. E.G. Case is in our midst for a few days attending to the wants of those who have bad teeth. The Doctor has done some fine work and has made many friends while here. He will return to Ukiah shortly.

The “Eclipse Dramatic Club” after a delay of two weeks finally came to the front last Friday evening and presented a program to a very appreciative audience. The program was a variety one, consisting of a quartette, two pantomimes, two vocal solos, a cornet solo, and the “Country Skule.”

C. Hofman’s Cheap Cash Store

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  • 5 lbs. green coffee, $1.00.
  • 4 lbs. parched coffee, $1.00.
  • 18 lbs. dry granulated sugar, $1.00.
  • 20 lbs. golden C sugar, $1.00
  • 20 lb. box full weight soap, $1.00.
  • 22 lbs. rolled wheat, $1.00.
  • 50 lb. sack best Sperry’s flour, $1.10.
  • Syrup per gallon, 40 cts.
  • Cups and saucers, 6 each, 50 cts.
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These are no bait, all other goods at like prices. Good goods, full weight, and honorable dealing maintained.