Monday, March 14, 2016

Squire Mullis and Jesse Fry Compete to Marry Most Couples, Rockingham, 1922

Mullis a Marryier,” from the March 2, 1922 issue of the Rockingham Post-Dispatch
Squire Mullis says he is out to beat the Jesse Fry record of marrying folks. Magistrate Fry of Carthage has performed 217 marriage ceremonies up to the 25th of February. But Squire Mullis is no slouch when it comes to tying such a knot. He has married four couples in the last week. He makes no charge but casually drops the hint that the “Lord allows him $1.00,” and the groom generally takes the hint.

He had to call a halt on an impatient groom last Saturday; he had gotten about half through the ceremony, when the groom, thinking it over, started to salute the bride; but the dignified magistrate would have none of that until the job was thoroughly done. After the last words, he remarked to the groom, “now go to it.”

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