|The Minneapolis Journal, 26 Feb. 1901|
“MARRIED TO A CORPSE
BRIDE FALLS DEAD AT THE ALTAR
Twice the Ceremony Had Been Postponed Because of Her Illness.
Bowling Green, Ohio, Feb. 16-News has been received here of the ghastly marriage of John Harmon Crossman of Custar, Wood county, to Miss Leona Davis of Binghamton, who, it is believed, was dead when the words pronouncing her the wife of Crossman were said.
The wedding was set for Thanksgiving, when sickness prevented it. Christmas was then set, and again sickness interfered. Washington’s birthday was then selected.
The guests were assembled at the home of the bride, and though it was thought best to postpone the wedding on account of her illness, she insisted upon being married. During the ceremony she tottered, and the groom placed his arms about her. The ceremony was hastily completed, and as the guests reached up to congratulate the bride, they were horrified to discover that she was dead.”