Interesting 1913 article
DECEMBER 27, 1913. a the the at ot she to A at to HIGH SCHOOL GIRL 16, WEDS MAN 25 PARENTS UNWILLING. MISS ETHEL MANNING AND MANAGER OF JERSEYVILLE (ILL.) DEMOCRAT. ELOPE— FATHER IN PURSUIT TO ALTON. Mlsg Ellin Manning, 10 years old, and Arthur- Thatcher, 25 years old, (business manager for the Daily Democrat of Jerseyvillo, III., eloped to^« Alton, yesterday afternoon and were married, according to a telegram to William Manning, a wealthy commission merchant of Jerseyvllle, shortly after the ceremony was performed by Justice Gorman. Manning is the father of the bride who is a member or the freshman class of the Jerseyville High school. The girlish bride and -her husband are supposed to be in St., Louis, as Thatcher telephoned to a brother late yesterday afternoon and told him he was married and was In St. Louis at that time. The telegram to the bride's father merely Informed him of the marriage and said tho coiiple were going on a trip. Thatcher met Miss Manning in October; when she was a chorus girl in a musical comedy played by young people in Jerseyvill'e, and in which Thatcher also took part. She was then in short dreses. At the time of their marriage Miss Manning wore a dress that'barely reached to her shoe tops. During the rehearsals of the piece Thatcher and Miss Manning showed their interest in each other, and after the play was over, Thatcher was a frequent visitor to the Manning home. The only objection on the part of Miss Manning's parents was on account of her youth, it is believed. Wm. Manning, the father of the bride, arrived in Alton this morning n search of the elopers. Ho said that ais daughter was under age and that he had objected strenuously to the marriage.., Tho father Beerned,. very, angry over the affair onir'afte^f find- ng that the couple had left for St. ^ouls yesterday afternoon he took the next train to St. Louis to look for he bride.