Friday, December 7, 2012

Two Suitors from the 1890's

Back in the day if you wanted to ask a girl out you couldn't call her, there were no telephones.  You couldn't drop by her house unannounced, that was considered rude, uncouth, and low class.  What did you do?  You sent a note or perhaps dropped it off yourself but without the expectation of seeing the young lady until she replied to your note, with a note of her own.

W.R. Bobbitt was the druggist in Dresden Tennessee.  In 1905 he became the proprietor of the Smith Hotel (formerly the Hampton Hotel) in Dresden Tennessee.  But on October 13, 1891, he was simply a hopeful young fellow sending a note to a well-bred young lady in the hopes of seeing her.  And he was clever in that he used one of Fannie Moran's own calling cards, which she must've given him, as the invitation for his call.

Miss Fannie Moran
Can I see Miss Moran
This Evening?
W.R. Bobbitt

Another suitor was W.O. Thompson.  I don't know who he was or where he was from because his invitation was sent to Fannie when she was in Jackson, TN attending the Memphis Conference Female Institute and Conservatory of Music and Art.

Miss Fannie Moran

Miss Moran:
If agreeable I would like very much to attend with you the Schubert concert at the Opera House tomorrow evening.

Very truly yours,
W.O. Thompson

We'll never know if Fannie accepted either invitation but we do know that she didn't marry either of these gentlemen.

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