They are here!!

It was about 4:14 when I called the library about those ILLs; had called earlier and they said they would call me if anything came in today’s delivery, but that was two hours earlier and I wasn’t ready to accept the fact that it was another week…and nothing from Harrisburg.

So I called again, and what do I hear but–yes, the microfilm has arrived! They tried to call, but they called my other cell phone which I don’t use much anymore and which is on mute. (Didn’t I give them the new number a few weeks ago…? Well, whatever.)

I was out of this house by 4:40 and arriving at the library only a few minutes later. And there they were–two lovely boxes of microfilm tied together with a rubber band, and they were the right dates and newspapers too! 🙂 Everything perfect, no trouble with anything whatsoever! And the discoveries, the discoveries! So beautiful…and so sad.

Thursday, August 11, 1887:

A Lawyer’s Marriage.

At 12:30 o’clock to-day the marriage of W.C. Detweiler, esq., of this city, and Miss Sarah McConnell, of Halifax, will take place at the residence of the bride’s mother at Halifax. Rev. R.J. Keeling, D.D., will officiate. County Solicitor Fred Ott will be the groom’s best man and Miss Julia Bonsall, of Philadelphia, will stand by the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Detweiler will leave this afternoon for seaside resorts where they will spend a portion of their honeymoon.

Friday, August 12, 1887:

Yesterday’s Social Event in the Upper End of the County.

The social event of the upper end of the county was the marriage yesterday at Halifax of William Champlin Detweiler, esq., a prominent and able young attorney of Harrisburg, and son of the late Major John Detweiler, and Miss Sara McConnell, of Halifax. The ceremony was solemnized at 12:30 p.m. at the residence of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Marsh, Rev. Dr. R.J. Keeling, of St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal church, this city, officiating. The wedding was a private one, none but immediate relatives and a few friends being in attendance. County Solicitor Fred M. Ott, esq., was the best man, and Miss Julia Bonsall, of Philadelphia, was the bridesmaid. The bride was attired in traveling costume. The bridal party came to Harrisburg in the afternoon, and from here proceeded east. Mr. and Mrs. Detweiler, it is understood, will spend the honeymoon at the seashore. After their return they will remain in Halifax until the heated term has passed and then will probably go to housekeeping in this city. Miss McConnell, now Mrs. Detwiler, has the reputation of being one of the prettiest young ladies in Dauphin county. She has a perfectly oval face, an abundance of dark chestnut hair and large violet eyes. Mr. Detweiler’s friends hope that his honeymoon may be a genuinely happy one and when he comes back there are hosts of them who will wish him a prosperous and pleasant trip on the matrimonial sea.

Saturday, October 25, 1890:

W.C. Detweiler, Esq.

The Young and Able Attorney Called to His Eternal Home.

It will be said news to most of his friends who were not aware of his illness, to learn of the death of William Champlin Detweiler, esq., which occurred at an early hour yesterday morning, at his residence, No. 121 South street. He had only been ill a few days. He was one of the ablest and brightest of the younger members of the Dauphin county bar, and one of the most genial of gentlemen and companions. He was a son of the late Major John S. Detweiler, who was one of the leading members of the bar. Major Detweiler served gallant during the civil war as one of the officers of the Ninth Pennsylvania cavalry. “Champ,” as he was familiarly known among his intimate friends, read law with his father and the Hon. A.J. Herr, and was admitted to the bar in 1878. His practice, especially in the quarter sessions court, was growing, and in fact none of the younger attorneys had a larger one. He was eloquent, graceful, convincing, and was a successful speaker either on the forum or rostrum. He was about 33 years of age, and leaves a wife, who is the daughter of the late Washington McConnell, of Halifax borough.

The funeral of the deceased will take place on Monday at 12:30 o’clock from his late residence No. 121 South street. At the request of Judge Simonton, the meeting of the bar will be held on Monday morning at 10:45 o’clock. All the members of the bar are requested to be present and attend the funeral in a body.


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