Excerpts from "the first rough draft of history" as reported in The Washington Post on this date in the 20th century.
Many soap-operatic love stories found a place on the front pages of The Post in the early part of the century, including this one about the Vice President's son. An excerpt from Oct. 12, 1906:
PITTSBURG, Pa., Oct. 11 --
Frederick Cole Fairbanks, a young business man of Springfield, Ohio, and son of Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks, last evening eloped from Pittsburg with Helen E. Scott, twenty-two years old, daughter of James Scott, of 5635 Stanton avenue. They went to Steubenville, Ohio, where they were married by Rev. Dr. Brodie.
The first intimation of the elopement and marriage was given this morning when Mrs. Scott, who had thought her daughter was visiting a school friend, received the following message:
Steubenville, Ohio, Oct. 11
Mrs. James Scott, 5635 Stanton avenue, Pittsburg, Pa.:
Frederick and I were married here yesterday.
Mrs. Scott got Steubenville, Ohio, on the telephone, and soon located Mrs. Frederick Cole Fairbanks at one of the hotels, and told her to come right home and to bring her husband with her. Whether the bride obeyed or not has not been announced. It is intimated that Mr. and Mrs. Fairbanks are at the Scott home here this evening, but if so the Scott family will not admit it.
It is understood that there was some objection to the marriage on the part of Vice President Fairbanks, and this led to a coldness of the Scott family toward young Fairbanks. All save Nellie chilled for the time, but opposition only fanned her love flame as it did that of her promised husband. Two days ago Fairbanks, who is a business man of Springfield, Ohio, reached Pittsburg and registered at the Hotel Schenley. Through a messenger he managed to get Miss Scott on the phone at her home, and she met him and they planned the elopement.
Fairbanks had been forbidden the house of the Scotts. Last evening Nellie Scott left home, saying she would pay a visit to her schoolmate in an Ohio town. On the same train which rolled out of Pittsburg toward the Ohio border was Fairbanks. They got off at Steubenville and were married.
The bride is the daughter of James Scott, of the Crucible Steel Company, in Pittsburg. She is highly educated, being one of the best violinists in Pittsburg. It has been one year since Fairbanks met Miss Scott. It was at the house of a Miss Stout in Indianapolis, and it was a case of love at first sight. There was trouble from some source in the Fairbanks' family, and the elopement was the result.
It is reported that the wedding trip will include a tour of Europe.