Margaret Powell was only 15 when she married Arthur Porter on March 9, 1873.

When they returned from Mount Zion Methodist Church, her grandmother, who had raised her, asked for a “switch.” She was not happy that Margaret had married so young and was ready to “give her a switching.”

Maggie Long Batts was not quite so young when she married J. Sanford Adams in 1915. She was one of the graduating class of Cedar Hill Institute in 1906.

Published photos and postcards from Maggie’s years at Belmont College have survived. So has the Teaching Certificate issued in 1912. She taught at Red Corner (Cross Road) School, at Glenraven School, and at Woodland Street School.

In a published wedding book, there are photos of the bride and groom, of their parents, of the wedding invitation, and of the marriage certificate.

Showers had been given for the bride-elect by Mrs. Ben Hawkins, by Mrs. B.B. Sory and Miss Bessie Hester, and by Miss Welthy Long and Miss Georgia May Batts.

The couple was married at the Cedar Hill Methodist Church on November 30, 1915, by a former pastor, Rev. E.L. Gregory.

Newspaper clippings show that wedding music was provided by James Long and by Miss Laura Bogle of Nashville. She sang “Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms,” “Annie Laurie” and “At Dawning.”

In the wedding book, Maggie Adams had not only kept photographs of the wedding party, but she had identified everyone. A rare treasure!

After the wedding ceremony, held at 8 p.m., a reception was held at the home of the married couple. Refreshments were served in the dining room – brick ice cream and squares of angel food cake decorated by Laura Bogle. 

Each guest received a small package of wedding cake to “take home to place under the pillow to dream on,” according to the bride.

On December 1, the married couple was sitting at their breakfast table when they received the framed copper plate from which their wedding invitations were engraved.

A letter from Foster & Parker Co. in Nashville accompanied the copper plate. The company wished that the couple’s happiness might last “as long as the deep-cut lines in the plate.”

Maggie and Sanford Adams would later have five children – J. Sanford, Jr., Morton, John, Margaret Anne, and Will Adams.

While change is usually good, many still miss the “Personals” sections of local newspapers. Engagement photos, wedding photos, descriptions of bridal showers and of the wedding itself all filled part of the “Women’s Section.” And reading those Personals from old newspapers is still a pleasure.

In the Eagle’s Eye is sponsored by the Robertson County Historical Society. Call 615-382-7173 for more information.

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