Two years had passed since the death of her husband George A. Barclay so it was probably inevitable that Amarilla would consider remarrying. She was about 43 years old. She was wealthy and still looking good. She was a major land owner which gave her some clout in the town of Pine River.
Here is the other photo I promised that was given to me by a Spracklin cousin one of Amarilla’s half siblings descendant. It is another view of the one that is featured in the Logsleds to Snowmobiles book about Pine River’s history and featured in a past post.
So on 2nd September 1902 Amarilla and Jefferson G. Dawes married in Hennepin County, Minnesota. They married in a ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. The article below says it was St. Paul?
Application for Marriage License page 411, by Jefferson G. Dawes to Amminlla Barclay, State of Minnesota, County of Hennepin. Jefferson G. Dawes being dully sworn…has attained the full age of twenty-one years (50) and upwards; the lady he intends to marry is of lawful age to contract marriage (43). He being duly single and she being a widow. Signed by Jefferson G. Dawes on 2 September 1902, W. Evans Deputy Clerk.
The Pine River Blaze of 1902 under local news:
“Mayor J.G. Dawes and Mrs. G.A. Barclay, both of Pine River, were married last week at St. Paul. They returned last Saturday in the evening and were tendered a rousing charivari by a large crowd of men, women and boys. The genial mayor soon put a quietus to the boys by “seting” em up” freely all evening but the women continued to clamor for recognition till Mrs. Dawes finally appeared and promised them a free dance and supper for this evening at the Barclay hall. There is no fault to find with that kind of hospitality by newly married people and Pine River people will certainly enjoy themselves this evening as they also did last Saturday. The Blaze extends congratulations and hopes they will not only enjoy a long and happy life but live to see the day when Pine River will be platted and built up from White Fish Lake to Bungo.”
She, Amarilla, would now be known as Mrs. Dawes. J.G. would call her “Rilla.”