From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.

Recalls "Horseback Wedding" Near Leavenworth Seventy Year Ago

by George J. Remsburg

The newspapers have been making much ado lately about two couples who were married on horseback. The contracting parties in these exploited events were Charlie Mulhall, son of Col. Zach Mulhall, veteran rancher and showman, of Oklahoma and Miss Esther Childers, and Daniel A. Bergstrom and a Miss Nellson, of Long Beach, Calif.

While these equestrian matrimonial affairs are unusual, particularly in these times when horses are an "unusual quantity," they are not without precedent. The writer recalls, from a record in his possession, such an affair that occurred near Leavenworth 70 years ago this month when the late Richard M. King and Miss Mary Frances Hottle of the Oak Mills-Kickapoo neighborhood rode out to Round Prairie on horseback and were married, without dismounting, by Parson Williams, a pioneer preacher, who resided on what later became known as the Faulconer farm.

Mr. and Mrs. King lived happily together at Oak Mills for 62 years, the former passing away about eight years ago, at the age of 87, and the latter only recently at the age of almost 90 years. They were affectionately known as "Uncle Dick" and "Aunt Mary" King.


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