There was a wedding in the probate judge's office this afternoon where Sam Bitler is in the Reno county jail charged with killing Mrs. Rosenberger in Kiowa county three weeks ago.  In talking to a reporter when he was arrested about his life down in Kiowa he stated that he was married and that his wife was then at home, visiting Bitler's parents in Eureka.  Now it turns out that the couple, while living together as man and wife, weren ot really joined in legal wedlock.  But they are now.  Miss Kittie Josephine Dempster of Belvidere, Kiowa county, came to town and, not being Mrs. Sam Bitler and wanting to be, was given the right, the license being secured here and Probate Judge Rickeseeker performing the ceremony this afternoon.

Bitler was brought from the jail for the purpose and was again taken back to the bastile afterward.

The wedding was not as soon as it might have been but they are man and wife now at least, the lady agreeing to stand by him while the charge of murder remains against him.----Hutchinson News
(Barbour County Index ~ June 10, 1908 ~ Page 1)



Miss Olive May Walrafen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Walrafen, was united in marriage to Otis E. Larkin of Greensburg, Kas., Thursday evening, June 15, at Bethany, MO. The ceremony being performed by Rev. Walsh. Mr. and Mrs. Larkin left the same evening for Greensburg, Kas, where they will make their future home. Olive is a pleasant young lady and we are sure she will prove an ideal wife and housekeeper. She has many friends here who wish her all the pleasure an prosperity life may afford. (Taken from an unknown paper, submitted by Melody Beery)


Juanita Ralstin, daughter of George H. Ralstin of Mullinville, and Glen E. McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. McDonald, also of Mullinville, were married Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock in the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Perry Miller.

Rev. Earl J. Ford, pastor of the United Brethren church, read the vows.

Mrs. Miller sang two solos preceding the ceremony and she also played the wedding march.  Another sister, Mrs. I. R. Fralick accompanied her.

Sister and brother of the bridegroom, Geneva McDonald and Robert L. McDonald, were attendants.  Celia Ruth Ralstin, niece of the bride, was ringbearer.

The bride's costume was royal blue velvet with wine accessories.  For traveling she wore a wine crepe suit with matching accessories.  Mr. and Mrs. McDonald left on a wedding trip to Kansas City.

Both were graduated from Mullinville high school in 1935.  The couple will be at home on a farm near Mullinville.

Guests at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Hensley and family, Mr. and Mrs. I. R. Fralick and family, Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Sayre and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ralstin and family, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Miller and son, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ralstin and family, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Miller and son, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Ralstin and family, George H. Ralstin, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. McDonald and family, Mrs. Mattie L. McDonald, Mrs. Ella Veach, Mrs. Ella Sayre and Mrs. C. R. Fralick, all of Mullinville
(Hutchinson News ~ October 9, 1938 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

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