May 3, 2017
You are listening to “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
An elopement took place in the city on a Saturday night in May of 1908. The parties concerned were an itinerant actor and one of the young ladies of the city. The man was the young chap who took tickets at the theater entrance and then acted on stage as a subject for “Norwood the Hypnotist”. He was one of four men who traveled with the show. The man and woman in this story had met each other early in the week and it was a case of love at first sight. They were together as much as the young man’s duties would allow and when separated, both parties were said to have been longing for each other.
It was suggested that the “Great Norwood” had failed to bring his subject, the young man, out of his hypnotic state at the previous Friday show and on Saturday afternoon the man and young woman went down to the Union Pacific Depot and boarded the train going east. The young lady’s parents did not hear of the matter until that evening. The young woman’s father wired the authorities in the different towns east of Junction City to try to stop them. The man and woman were located and apprehended on the veranda of a hotel in Manhattan. The next day the woman’s father went over and escorted his daughter back to Junction City, while the man went on to join his boss, the “Great Norwood”, at the next venue.
Perhaps the point of this story could be to make sure there has been no hypnotism of either the man or woman before eloping no matter how much love there is between them. And… It is always good to get the blessing of the parents before planning for marriage.