|Birth: ||1864, Ireland|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1900|
Sister of James S. Gardner.
•See Sadie E. French Cochran.
MARRIED—At the residence of J. K. Pierce [sic], on the evening of Sept. 15th, 1886, by the Rev. Dr. Hawley, Alfred Coutu and Miss Belle Gardner both of this city.
The parties to the above contract are well known to the Brainerd people and comment from us is unnecessary. The groom is a music dealer, having been in the business here for some time, and the bride is a sister of ex-Mayor J. S. Gardner. The wedding party is said to have been a very pleasant and social occasion, about forty of the immediate friends of the contracting parties being present. After the ceremony was over and later change congratulations extended, the entire party sat down to an elegant repast. The balance of the evening was spent in good cheer, as is only known on such occasions, and the newly made man and wife departed on the midnight train for Chicago and other points for a few days' wedding trip. The following is a list of presents:
From the groom to bride, a very fine piano.
Geo. E. Gardner, silver and glass sugar bowl.
Chas. Zemlin, a nice card case.
Chas. A. Walker, silver spoon holder.
Misses Minnie and Maggie Somers, silver butter dish.
O. C. Foster and W. Johnston [sic] [Johnstone], pair of silver napkin rings.
Miss Mary Nicholson, silver card receiver and bouquet holder.
G. E. Gardner, silver butter dish and knife.
Mr. Walters and sister, silver pickle caster.
G. E. Gardner, silver and glass pickle caster.
Misses Lillie and Daisy Paine, silver and cut glass fruit dish.
Miss L. Ross, silver and cut glass fruit dish.
F. M. Maxfield, set of china dishes.
Chas. Zemlin, set of sauce dishes.
Leonard Powell, a globe of very fine wax work.
Cecilia Kennedy, stained glass water pitcher.
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Pearce [sic], bed room toilet set.
Miss Kate Pearce [sic], glass fruit dish.
W. T. Lowrey, silver gold-lined egg set.
Miss Essie Parker, set of silver spoons and case.
Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Lagerquist, dozen napkins.
Mrs. Chas. E. Smith, half dozen napkins.
Mrs. C. H. Blessing, a nice cake basket.
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Whitford, embroidered table cloth.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Gardner, set of pillow shams and bed spread.
J. H. Kennedy, an elegant picture.
From groom to bride, two handsome pieces of statuary.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Breheney, exquisitely embroidered tidy.
C. M. Patek, a rocking chair.
Mrs. J. McDonald and Miss Emma Haag, a hanging lamp with decorations.
Other presents from friends and relatives not residing in Brainerd were not with the above, and we were unable to procure a list of them. (Brainerd Dispatch, 17 September 1886, p. 4, c. 6)
Big Dog in Town.
According to the Little Falls Transcript a big Brainerd dog made a sensation there recently. That paper says:
Chief of Police Roy took up from the street last night a fine St. Bernard dog of very large size probably weighing 125 pounds. He seems to be a very valuable one. Upon a collar which he wears is "Nero," J. L. Smith, 1509 Kenwood Park, and Kenwood Park is a suburb of Minneapolis. He perhaps wandered off with some of the trainmen and came up on a baggage car. The big fellow is very good natured and seems glad to see every one who calls upon him at the city jail where he is now stopping. And this morning he was holding quite a reception, as most every one was calling in to see him, and the admiration expressed shows that all in town are not dog-haters.
Later—The poor doggie is out of jail. He belongs to A. J. Coutu, of Brainerd, and has been recently purchased. (Brainerd Dispatch, 02 June 1893, p. 1, c. 4)
Ruth G. Coutu (1892 - 1916)*
Crow Wing County
Plot: Block 17, Lot 27
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Feb 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84937646
John Van Essen
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