Romantic Capers

1893

Miss Jennie Sypolt, a young lady of Kingwood, who was a poor girl and had to work for her living, answered an advertisement in a matrimonial paper, then began to correspond with a young David A. Murphy, of Kaigs Mills. He was 34 years old and “a real nice looking fellow, “all the girls said.” He claimed to have a small farm, with a comfortable home of his own, and his mother lived with him. She was getting to old to keep house for him now, so he needed a wife.

Through letter writing back and forth their friendship ripened into affection. They exchanged photographs, mutual tokens of esteem, and soon became engaged by correspondence. After a time they reached an understanding that he was to come visit her, and if both were satisfied they would get married. If they were not, no harm was done, and the courtship could be dropped. She was an exemplary church member, not lazy, and no one had anything against her, except that “she wasn’t handsome.” But faith in her lover was strong, never doubting that he would come and marry her.

A time was set for Friday of that week to meet. The would-be-groom arrived in Kingwood on the noon train and walked to the Preston House Inn, where the expectant bride was waiting for him. They were both satisfied and the courtship was brief. At 2 P.M. the next day they were married and left on the 4 o’clock train for the home of the groom. They lived the rest of their lives in love and respect for each other.

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