Historically Speaking

Historically Speaking
O.C. Barber Marriage Part Two
By: Sarah Hays, Local History Librarian
 
This is the second article of a series of three discussing the second wedding of O.C. Barber.
 
On Thursday, December 2, 1915, at 1:00 p.m., O.C. Barber married Miss Mary Frank Orr. The presence of Miss Orr and Mr. Barber at the courthouse at noon to obtain their marriage license attracted no attention, as they had been at the courthouse all week attending a trial in which Mr. Barber was interested. After obtaining the license, they drove to the home of Mary’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Orr. She had been residing with them at 189 East Market Street.
 
Reverend J.O. Reagle performed the ceremony. He was the pastor of the Grace Reformed Church, of which Mary was a member. The ceremony took place in the presence of the bride’s parents and immediate relatives of the bride and groom only, including the bride’s sister, Carrie Daum, whose husband George was the general superintendent of the Pennsylvania Rubber Company of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Mary’s two sisters who lived in Washington state and a brother, James, head of the largest mercantile houses in Cincinnati, were unable to attend.
 
A local paper described Mary as “an estimable young woman, of amiable disposition and attractive presence. She has high ideals and her special knowledge of Mr. Barber’s varied business interests qualifies her in grace the position of mistress of the big home at Barberton and to be a true helpmate to him.”
 
The couple left after the ceremony for a brief wedding trip to Old Point Comfort, Virginia and Washington, D.C. They returned to Barberton in time for two wedding receptions held at the mansion early in the new year.
 
Next month, as this series about O.C. Barber’s second wedding concludes, the wedding receptions held at the mansion will be discussed. On Thursday, July 18, join us as we discuss Barberton between the Wars. The program will be held in the Spillette Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

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