Joy Turned to Grief at Wedding
Brother of Bride Brought Home in Ambulance, Supposed Dead – Unconscious
Wedding festivities in the Homanic home at Buck Mountain came to an abrupt ending on Saturday afternoon, when the apparently lifeless body of John Homanic, the bride’s brother, was lifted from a mine ambulance and carried into the home, where it was laid in the midst of scores of persons, all attired in their wedding finery. In an instant the sound of revelry, of laughter, and music were hushed and gave place to heart-rending sounds of weeping and wailing as relatives and friends gazed upon what they believed to be a corpse.
On Saturday George Simko and Anna Homanic, both of Buck Mountain, went to Mahanoy City and were married in St. Mary’s Greek Catholic church. The pastor, Rev. Emil Kubek, performed the ceremony at 10 o’clock. They returned to Buck Mountain, where the wedding festivities were in progress at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Homanic. All went merry as the proverbial marriage bell, until shortly before 3 o’clock in the afternoon, when the ambulance drove up to the door of the home and announcement was made that the bride’s brother, John had been killed while working at the Buck Mountain colliery of the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. For some time all was confusion and it was not until the excitement subsided somewhat that it was learned that John was not dead, but had been rendered unconscious when he was caught between mine cars.
The lamentations of so many of his relatives and friends brought him back to consciousness and today his condition was reported as slightly improved. The wedding festivities have been postponed indefinitely.
- “Joy Turned to Grief at Wedding,” Mount Carmel Item (August 5, 1919): 1.