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Courtship Begins at Cowbell Cafe (Warren-Rutland)  by Okemah News Leader 
McMahan-Wheeler Wedding  by Okemah News Leader 
Chism-Williams, 1909  by Okemah Ledger 
Cochran-Musgrove, 1909  by Okemah Ledger 
Miscellaneous Marriage Announcements  by Okemah Ledger
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Courtesy of Guy Mason, Okemah News Leader.
Okemah Daily Leader, Friday, April 20, 1962

Courtship Begins at Cowbell Cafe

In 1903 the late Mr. And Mrs. H. M. Ball owned and operated the Cowbell Cafe - a popular place for fellows who rode in this area.  The cafe was located in the 100 block on what is now South 6th Street.

Meals were served family style and customers could eat their fill for 15 cents.  Three young ladies helped with cooking and serving of the home cooked food.

One day in the early spring a tall, flashy young cowboy just in from Brown's Ranch East of town stepped to the counter and inquired about getting meals at the Cowbell Cafe.

The stranger turned immediate attention to the pretty helpers and in their shy way they noticed him, each one wagering for his special notice.

It wasn't long until the cowboy became especially interested in the girl who was baking those delicious biscuits he had been eating each morning for breakfast.

The girl was Ethel Rutland and the boy - Boone Warren.  They were married and lived happily for many years on their farm East of Okemah.

Courtesy of Guy Mason, Okemah News Leader.
Okemah Daily Leader, Friday, April 21, 1961  reprint from El Reno Democrat, Sept. 16, 1908

McMahan-Wheeler Wedding

A pretty wedding was solemnized by Rev. O. S. Smith of the Christian church.  The contracting parties were Miss Laura Rebecca Wheeler and Mr. Thomas Vance McMahan both of Okemah, Oklahoma.

The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Claude E. Hensley.

The happy couple left on the east bound Choctaw for an extended wedding trip. Mr. McMahan is a prominent merchant of Okemah and he and his bride will be at home to their friends after October 1st.

Okemah Ledger, Nov. 11, 1909

Charles C. Chism, the genial head clerk at the Creek Trading Co. Store and Miss Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Williams, went to Oklahoma City Monday where they were married on Tuesday.

They will return to Okemah today and will be "at home" to their friends after Friday.

May they be happy ever after.

Okemah Ledger, Nov. 18, 1909

Cochran And Musgrove Wed

Sunday evening, November 14, 1909, Esp. D.J. Hill officiating in his most impressive manner, Deputy Sheriff Ben Cochran and Miss Lula Musgrove daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Musgrove, were united in marriage in presence of a select company of relatives and friends.

The bride is an accomplished and popular young lady, while the groom is one of our most efficient peace officers. They are now with Mr. Cochran's mother in this city where they are "at home" to their numerous friends.

This makes another vacancy in the ranks of Okemah's large list of bachelors and when Ben yields the ladies can hope for good results with all the rest.

Success and happiness to these newly married ones.

Miscellaneous Marriage Announcements
Okemah Ledger, March 4, 1909

R.M. Parsons, 23, Okemah, Amy Bass, 17, Okemah.

Tony Sesher, 23, Okemah, Edith Fleming, 19, Okemah.

Eart Irons, 23, Okfuskee, Anna Cruzan, 17, Okfuskee

Okemah Ledger, Jan. 21, 1909

T.J. Shankies, 25, Okemah, Ollie Dobbs, 17, Okemah.

Geo. M. Herman, 22, Okfuskee, Sadie Jones, 16, Okfuskee.

James Lewis Raney, 26, Morse, Zula Viola Tincher, 20, Okfuskee.

Clarence Wilson White, 21, Schoolton, Jessie Myrtle Martin, 19, Schoolton.

Elwood Harris, 22, Boley, Alberta Phillips, 20, Boley.

Okemah Ledger, Sept. 23, 1909
Bachelors Surrender

Two of our young bachelors surrendered Tuesday and now wear the matrimonial yhoke. Deputy District Clerk M. C. Jones was married to Miss Alice Davis at Sasakwa a highly accomplished and popular young lady.

On the same day at Duncan Oklahoma Carl Stockton bookkeeper at the J.A. Patterson Mercantile Co., was married to Miss Myrtis Allison one of the belles of that town.

The newly married people are all now "at home" to their friends in Okemah where they have settled down to sedate and steady going married life.

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