Your writer would like to thank David Dale for his e-mail in March regarding our July 8, 2015, history column, detailing the "death by lightning" of his grandfather, Woodie H. Dale, in 1929. David mentioned that his father was Gerald Dale, who recently passed away in 2015. The only surviving children now of Woodie H. Dale are James Dale, who lives in Clay County, and Melvagene Dale Chilcutt of Elsberry, Mo. Melvagene was also kind enough to contact me after she read the July 8, 2015, history column.
or Rector Newsboy
R.E. Province and Miss Flora Lynch were married last Tuesday, Rev J.W. Cox performing the ceremony. Rube and his beautiful wife took us on surprse and his many friends punished him to the fullest extent of the law by going to the house in a wagon, and, after capturing the victim, a poll was prescribed and he was placed upon it.
The Rector String Band, in another wagon, played a piece to suit the occasion and headed the procession back to town with the prisoner bringing up the rear, riding his wooden horse bareback, above the heads of his blood-thirsty captors.
He was hung at Dodd and Gordon's Restaurant.
Twenty-four-year-old Reuben Edward Province married 18-year-old Flora A. Lynch on April 30, 1907. Reuben was one of at least 10 children of William Andrew Province and Candace Knight. This Province family migrated to the Scatterville area from Tennessee in the 1870's.
Flora Lynch's family migrated to Rector about 1897 from Illinois. Her parents were Charles H. Lynch and Harriet A. Smith. Flora had a sister, Nora, and a brother, Ora Lynch.
The "parade" with some of Reuben's friends and the Rector String Band, was a fun custom carried out after a man got married during the early 1900's. The word "poll" in this news item should have been spelled "pole." The groom was always expected to buy something for the parading men to drink, and Reuben provided refreshments at the Dodd and Gordon restaurant.
Your writer did not find any children born to this couple, and Reuben and Flora would divorce some time after the 1920's. Reuben Province was a barber while living in Rector, and at some point in time, he moved to California and continued working in the barber trade there.
Reuben died in 1944 and was buried in Taft, Calif. Flora died in 1945 and is buried in Rector in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
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