A settler in the west end of the county, who was invited to attend the wedding of a friend soon after coming here in 1855, gives a graphic account of the occasion, which shows the customs of these events at that time: The bride-to-be and attendants were waiting In the attic the time for the ceremony when the guest arrived. With his friend, he climbed the ladder to this second floor to be introduced to the young man's betrothed, as she was unknown to him at that time. He found her to be most attractive, and knows her still as a bright, capable woman, though no longer tiring.

In Ogle County. From tbe windows of the attic the wedding party could watch tbe arrival of the guests, coming from all around the neighborhood in great lumber wagons, the boxes of wbicb were luxuriously cushioned with bunches of hay for seats. These vehicles were drawn by sleek, well-trained oxen. Sounds of merriment and shouts of laughter floated out over tbe prairie as they approached the bouse.

When every one had been made welcome in the cheery room of the first floor, tbe wedding party descended to this room and the solemn ceremony was performed. Then followed, as now. tbe congratulations and good-wishes; after that, tbe feast,—and such a feast as had made tbe hungry Ichabod's mouth water as be looked upon "tbe hearty abundance'* of the "thriving, contented, liberalminded" Old Baltus Van Tassel! Here, too, on the table were the delicious lamb and young pig roasted whole, and all tbe accompanying "good things" which tbe thrifty pioneer housewife knew so well how to prepare! When all was ended and the young couple drove away to their own new home, good luck wishes and tbe proverbial "old hoe" were sent after them, much as now a days, so long do old customs remain.

 

History of Ogle County-1878

 

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