Saturday, August 27, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 27

August 27, 1889 – Everyone in the county knew a wedding was being held during the Winona County Fair, but the identity of the parties was an absolute secret until they stepped into the pavilion.

A pavilion on wheels had been erected directly in front of the grand stand, and the sides covered with black curtains, screening the party from the thousands of curious eyes until the ceremony began. The ceremony was set for 2 p.m., but before 1 p.m. the crowd began to gather at the grand stand and on the grounds thereabouts. It was impossible to estimate the number of spectators, but it was estimated to be close to 3,000.

The bridal couple turned out to be Miss Rosanna Stinson of Winona, and E. T. Hicks, also of Winona, well-known ex-deputy sheriff. Local businesses presented the newlyweds with a variety of gifts, including a sewing machine, two tons of coal, a barrel of flour, a sack of corn meal, and free shaves for the groom from the local barber for six months; all gifts (publicity) noted in the local newspaper.

Winona Herald Daily; “The Grand Wedding”; Aug. 27, 1889; p. 1.


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