A Real-Life Valentine

A Real-Life Valentine

by Kerry Scott on 14 February 2011

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NOTE: I had hoped to get a post about my RootsTech experience up today, but it’s not going to happen.  First, I’m contemplating whether I’ll offend a segment of my readership if I use the term “badass.”  Second, it turns out that if you take your first long trip away from a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, they miss you.  A lot.  They don’t let you out of their sight, and they certainly aren’t interested in waiting while you compose a blog post.  So I’m going to stick to playing with Tinkertoys and reading Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel.  Come back tomorrow, and I’ll tell you about the badass awesome conference I just came from.  In the meantime, here’s a rerun from last February, because apparently it’s Valentine’s Day or something.

This tidbit about my great-great-grandpa’s brother, Valentine Scheiber, is one of my all-time favorites. It’s from the Milwaukee Sentinel, 17 November 1881:

A day or two ago, Squire McWhorter was called upon to perform a marriage ceremony with which a little romance is connected. The contracting parties were Mr. Valentine Scheiber, an old “typo” well-known to the fraternity in Milwaukee, now foreman of Culver, Page & Hoyne’s printing establishment in Chicago, and Miss Mary Triplett, also of Chicago. Miss Triplett had been induced by her parents and friends to consent to an engagement with a rich old bachelor in Chicago, but it seems that her devotion to Mr. Scheiber was of a different nature, as she arrived here with the latter gentleman and Squire McWhorter tied the knot which made them man and wife. A late dinner was served at the residence of Mr. Fred Scheiber, of the law firm of Cotzhausen, Sylvester & Scheiber, of Poplar street, who is a brother of the groom, and then the couple left for Chicago to the surprise of the parents of the bride and, no doubt, the old bachelor.

I guess this is how it was done before eloping to Vegas was invented.

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Susan Tiner February 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

That’s such a sweet story. I feel a little sorry for the old bachelor, but he probably should have known better.

I loved Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel. One of my favorite books of all time.

And you certainly won’t bother me using badass. Can’t wait to hear about the conference.

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Susan Kitchens February 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Badass won’t lose you readers. Badass will attract the kind of readers who recognize a kindred soul and come back to read again. I think that’s pretty badass!

(found you in the #rootstech tweetstreem, love “cluewagon” as a name — was a reader of Cluetrain The Original Website 10 years ago, so there — and am happy to have found your blog)

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Kerry Scott February 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thank you (and I hope you got the registration materials you were waiting for!)

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Susan Kitchens February 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Thanks. Heard from Rootstech central, and they’ll be making their way to me next week. small consolation for not being there, but consolation nonetheless.

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