Marries the Whole Family
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 26 Sep 1912, p. 6

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    Latitude: 42.04114 Longitude: -87.69006
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Subtitle: Prediction Made Nine Years Ago Came True Last Night When Justice Boyer Married Third Brother. A High Sea Romance. Nine years ago Police Magistrate John F. Boyer came under the limelight when he received considerable publicity for performing a marriage ceremond [sic.] on an excursion boat on the way from Chicago to South haven. At that time there was considerable doubt whether or not a marriage celebrated on the high seas would hold. Later developments proved that the act of the local justice was legal. The bride on that occasion was Tillie Peterson and the groom was Walter Ransom, son of Mrs. Ida Ransom, 2927 South Wabash avenue, Chicago. The day chosen was Sept. 13. After the ceremony the groom approached the man who had performed the ceremond [sic.] and said: "I have two brothers at home and you are going to marry both of them. What is more to the point, their marriages will take place on Sept. 13. I don't know what year it will be, but I know what I predict will come true." -Thought He was Jesting- At that time Justice Boyer thought the man was jesting. later developments proved that his prediction was correct. Last year on Sept. 13, Lee Ransom, accompanied by Miss Frances Grohn, walked into the justice's office and introduced himself as a brother of Walter Ransom, and recalled to the mind of the magistrate the prediciton [sic.] his brother had made. They then went to the home of the justice and were married. Just before the groom departed he told the Evanston official that another brother would come out to see him some day to have him marry him. "He hasn't a girl as yet, but I think he will have one within a year. You know there are only three of us brothers and we want you to marry us all." last week he received a letter from Fred A. Ransom. It stated that he would arrive in Evanston on the 13th with Miss Anna Paterson, an aunt of his brother's wife. But before the wedding could take place the mother of the groom became dangerously ill. The wedding was postponed. Wednesday the bridal party arrived here and the ceremony was performed. Walter Ransom's prediction, made nine years ago, had come true -all the brothers were married by Justice Boyer. When the first brother was married on the excursion boat the steamship company presented the bride with $50 in gold. Thirteen bells were also rung after the ceremony. At each of the weddings members of the Boyer household acted as members of the bridal party.

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Marries the Whole Family