A Polk County Case that Goes to Prove the Old Chestnut—A Bride Who Cannot See.
There lives at Zena, in Polk county, a cranky individual of the male persuasion by the name of S.S. Gimble. He is postmaster of that place, which makes the assertion that is a mail doubly conclusive, as the reader will no doubt admit. This man Gimble also is a shoemaker, and his whole sole has ever gone out to and yearned for the gentle sex, but he didn’t seem to take very well with the feminine portion of the community, and he could not find a Peggy who was willing to be his awl, to whom he could cling to the last. His affections were not contagious, like the measles. He was no doubt too anxious.
But there is an old chestnut that “every Jack will find his Jill,” or words to that effect, and also that “love is blind,” which chestnuts are proven by the case which brings about this item.
There resides near Zena a widow lady named Mrs. Jesse Walling, who has a daughter named Amy Walling. This daughter it totally blind, and had for several years been a student at state school for the blind at Salem.
Gimble laid siege to the citadel of her heart, and as she is blind, and “love is blind,” she capitulated, and consented to prance down the path, led by the Zena Nasby, forever, or word to that effect.
People who live near Zena say that had the present Mrs. Gimble not been blind, the approaches of the Zena shoemaker would not have received so much consideration, but this is repudiated by his friends as baseless slander.
Any way, on last Sunday evening, Gimble led blind fiancee before Rev. Mr. Rollins, of the Methodist church in Salem, and there they were united in marriage. He took her home, and kept her concealed for several days about his premises, not informing his friends of his late marriage, until the fact was accidentally discovered by some caller. He at first denied the rumor of his marriage, but finally admitted that he had hitched up in the matrimonial traces. Many of those who knew the parties were surprised, and it is understood that the mother of the blind bride was opposed to the marriage. The young lady is highly spoken of by all. The Statesman tenders to the happy pair the assurances of its most distinguished consideration.
Source: Salem Statesman, March 21, 1888.