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JIM: 100 years ago: The Rickman-Flowers wedding, June 5, 1912

JIM finds news accounts of the marriage of two who would become one of Adair County's Most Admired Citizens - ever. Dr. Flowers was an adored family doctor, who did it all - including surgeries - from a picturesque residence/office at the southeast corner of Burkesville and Guardian Streets. Berenice Rickman Flowers was a giant figure in history: Superb educator, unmatched educator, political leader and mother and grandmother. In the early 1970's she was picked by readers in a tie with Dr. Oris Aaron as the Most Admired Adair Countian. -EW


(Transcribed from the Wednesday, June 12, 1912 edition of the Adair County News.)


Miss Berenice Rickman, of Hopkinsville, Married to Dr. Woodruff Flowers, of Columbia
A Few Special Friends Present

Last Wednesday, at high noon, Miss Berenice Rickman, of Hopkinsville, and Dr. Woodruff J. Flowers, of this place, were married in the parlors of the Louisville Hotel, the ceremony being beautifully pronounced by Dr. T.M. Hawes, pastor of the Highland Presbyterian Church. It was a very quiet affair, only a few special friends being present.

Immediately after the ceremony the couple left Louisville for Cincinnati and will remain in the latter city until about the 13th of this month, then come to Columbia.

Miss Rickman became acquainted with Dr. Flowers three years ago, while teaching in the Public Schools of this place. Their friendship ripened into love and their union followed. The bride is a highly cultured young woman, and is a member of one of Hopkinsville's best families. During her stay in Columbia she made many friends, and will be gladly welcomed when she comes to take up her residence.

The groom is a prominent physician, enjoying a fine practice, and is popular throughout the county.The News extends it best wishes to this very deserving couple, trusting that their days may be long in the land of the living, and as they go hand in hand down the stream of time, may health and prosperity attend them, and when the evening shades of life comes, they will be able to say how delightful it would be if could start again and live over the happy years of the past. A loving husband and devoted help mate make life worth living.


Excerpts from an announcement in the June 8, 1912 Hopkinsville Kentuckian newspaper provide these additional details:

The bride's sister, Miss Nina Rickman, of this city; Mrs. M.T. Thomas, a friend of the bride; and Mr. John Flowers, the groom's brother, were among the few witnesses of the wedding.

The bride had been teaching school the past year in Monticello, Ky., and the wedding was arranged to take place in Louisville before her return home...

[Mrs. Flowers] is a young lady of unusual mental brilliancy and is pretty and attractive. She graduated at the head of her class in the Hopkinsville High School, winning a scholarship in Bethel College, from which she graduated with a M.A. degree...She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Rickman and is highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends.


(It is a little known fact that Dr. Flowers gave up a promising career in the news business to go into medicine. The March 15, 1905 edition of the News reported that "Mr. Woodruff Flowers, one of Adair County's best young men, has accepted a position in this office and is rapidly acquiring a knowledge of the business. He is well pleased so far, and has entered the work with a determination that means success." He had a nice side business as well, raising ginseng. Another March, 1905 edition stated that he had "a nice bed, 2 years old" of the plants and that he and News editor C.S. Harris had just purchased another 500 plants. With the New Year, 1907, however, came tidings that "Mr. Woodruff Flowers left Monday for Louisville to attend the medical lectures.")

Compiled by JIM, the really not so Wayward History Cousin

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