Eligible bachelors 1912

Norfolk’s List of Eligibles

The market for Norfolk bachelors is a trifle slow, and The Press has been requested to publish a list stating the particular qualifications and virtues of the various individuals. A few have become benedicts the past year; a few are reported as bespoken, but there are yet several whose names would fit in beautifully with orange blossom stories. The Press may later publish a directory of names and qualifications of the Norfolk eligibles, but at this time deems it wise to publish only the names suggested by one who ought to know whereof he speaks: A. W. Hawkins, thought to be promised; W. J. Stafford, worth while but elusive; P. E. Carberry, said to be bespoken; R. N. Zimmerman, heart whole and fancy free, but thought to be a trifle finicky; L. E. Waddick, single but has hopes; C. B. Salter, manly but modest; Fritz Asmus, wealthy, popular and in demand; Bob Ballantyne, just too sweet, but rather uncertain; Pete Barrett, wily and difficult to capture; E. G. and Lorin F. Bruggeman, both popular but to busy to marry; G. L. Carlson, a rare specimen and clear out of reach; Timothy Carribine, chosen; Walter Foster, a dyed-in-the-wool woman hater; Charles Gerecke, handsome but thought to be promised; Wm. J. Kennedy, wary of matrimonial entanglements; Herman A. Hauptli, handsome, but in rather bad standing with feminine Norfolk because of his tenderness toward visitors; Paul L. Zuelow, a good catch, but slow to bite; E. O. Surber, good looking and popular but hard to please; H. A. Schelly, a “dear”. but bespoken. Widowers, too, are numerous in Norfolk, and everyone knows widowers make the very best of husbands. These will come in for a write up in an early issue. The staff artist of The Press will endeavor to get likenesses of these Norfolk eligibles and publish them together with a “Who’s Who” as seen by anxious Norfolk mothers.   Source: The Norfolk Press, Friday, March 29, 1912, page 1.