The risky business of mail order matchmaking on the Western Frontier is the subject of a presentation by local author Chris Enss at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum today (10/6) from noon to 3 p.m. Enss has written over twenty five books on the old west the latest being “Object Matrimony” where archived records hold the stories of men who went into the frontier West to find their fortune and also found in 1849 that men out numbered women 200 to one. Enss says the only way to find a mate was to advertise or subscribe to a matchmaking catalog.
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Enss recounts the mail order marriage of Edith Collins and William Moore whose descendents settled in Grass Valley.
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Enss will be presenting at the Railroad Museum in Nevada City at 12:45 and 1:45 tomorrow afternoon and a Prairie Lace Design wedding dress that a mail order bride might wear will be given away.