Tuesday, July 11, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 11

July 11, 1912 – Miss Nellie Harris of St. Paul is not Mrs. George Monahan of St. Paul, although she missed by so narrow a margin that her murmured “yes” was all that was necessary. She did not say “yes”; instead she threw the engagement ring on the table in the court commissioner’s office, left the near-bridegroom and the witnesses agape, and stalked from the room.

The wedding was slated for this afternoon. Mrs. Clara Tilly was there as matron of honor, and a couple of courthouse attaches had been drafted as witnesses. The court commissioner, in his best voice, had finished the bridegroom’s part of the ceremony and the bridegroom had made the correct replies.

Then the official turned to the bride. He propounded the usual question, but the girl hesitated, and that hesitation cost Mr. Monahan his bride. Miss Harris said never a word, but taking off her engagement ring she laid on the desk and started for the door.

Mrs. Tilly and Mr. Monahan called to her, but there was no more hesitation, and the ceremony was over.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Girl Changes Her Mind and Refuses to Marry After Ceremony Begins”; July 12, 1912; p. 1.



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