Robert H. Renfroe weds Miss May Battle

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
May 22, 1890, page 5
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A Brilliant Occasion.
The Marriage of Mr. Robert Renfroe and Miss May Battle.
A Large Number of Friends in Attendance—A List of the Many Beautiful and Costly Presents.

A very large crowd of friends and relatives assembled at the residence of Mr. G. R. Gibbons, the bride’s grandfather, to witness the nuptials of Mr. Robert H. Renfroe, to Miss May Battle, of Grassdale, on Wednesday evening, 21st of May. It was a beautiful tribute to the high character and great popularity of the contracting parties. The neighborhood about Grassdale is not surpassed by any in the state, and the elite of the valley assembled to do honor to the young couple, who launched their bark upon the swelling tide of hope and happiness last evening. The ride to Mr. Gibbons’ elegant country home was most exhilarating—the soft spring air filled with the perfume of thousands of wood blossoms. The road wound in and around the fragrant woods, the lofty trees arching over the road, that was thronged with vehicles from Cartersville, Cassville and all surrounding towns. As the crowd approached the appointed place, it presented a fairy scene, decorated with countless Chinese lanterns outside and multitudes of lamps inside. On entering the spacious hall, the eye was greeted with a beautiful canopy of ferns and flowers with the initials of the expectant bride and groom scattered around in significant locations. A large bell of flowers was swinging aloft the spot, under which handsome Bob, soon after plighted his troth to the fair young girl he loves so well.

After the guests were assembled Miss Gertie Chunn, of Cassville began the strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march, Rev. J. M. White, of Milledgeville, advanced to the front to await the advent of the bridal party. Two little fairy sprites came first with full baskets of lovely roses, to be followed by the attendants in the following order: Mr. W. T. Phillips with Miss Bat Weems, of Grassdale; Mr. Gus Quillian, of Cartersville, with Miss Lida Saxon, of Grassdale, Mr. W. W. Young, of Cartersville, with Miss Aileen Best, of Cassville; Dr. G. W. Battle, of Grassdale, with Miss Alice Renfro, of Cartersville; Mr. Thomas Evans, of Atlanta, with Miss Esko Holt, of Nashville, Tenn.

A more gallant lot of good-looking boys, and a handsomer bevy of beautiful maidens never attended a bridal occasion in old Bartow.

The bridesmaids were attired in lovely clinging gowns of creamy white, trimmed in lace, crystal and stain, with flowing trains and exquisite arrangement of folds and flowers.

The bride was attired in an elegant robe of white silk, draped to its full length with the long veil of tulle, fastened to the lovely head.

As the minister pronounced the solemn words and the responses, “I will” came from the loving hearts, and made one, for life and eternity, a hush fell upon the crowd, and each breathed an earnest prayer that no cloud might dim the bright horizon of their coming future, as they proceeded to the parlors to receive the heartfelt congratulations of those friends under a mammoth floral horse shoe.

After the congratulations were concluded, your scribe was attracted to a large table in the rear of one of the parlors, which was literally filled with presents, tokens of substantial regard for the young couple, who go at once to housekeeping in their new home. Very many beautiful and recherché gifts were noted, the list of which is as follows:

The bridegroom gave an elegant watch and chain; the groom’s father and mother, Maj. Renfroe and wife, made them happy with an elegant dinner set of Dresden china; splendid set of silver spoons, by Mr. Thomas Evans, of Atlanta; crumb tray and cut glass bottle of attar of roses, by Miss Holt, of Nashville….[A very long list of gifts follows. The article concludes with a description of the “supper room.”]


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