Newspaper Ad Placed By Man Looking For Wife In 1865 Is Hilarious
Imagine the challenges of finding a partner in 1865 compared to the difficulties of online dating today. Recently, an intriguing “wife wanted” advertisement from the 19th century resurfaced on the internet after being passed down and eventually digitized. During the 1800s, life was generally simpler, and women would be charmed by a hardworking man with a desirable physical trait like a “good set of teeth.”
This particular ad was placed by an 18-year-old suitor from Aroostook County, Maine, who longed for a loving partner. However, before he could enjoy the company of a doting woman, he needed to locate her in the first place.
Below is the heartfelt and charming transcript in its entirety:
I am eighteen years old, have a good set of teeth, and believe in Andy Johnson, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the 4th of July. I have taken up a State lot, cleared up eighteen acres last year, and seeded ten of it down.
My buckwheat looks first rate, and the oats and potatoes are bully. I have got nine sheep, a two year old bull, and two heifers, besides a house and a barn.
I want to get married. I want to buy bread and butter, hoop skirts, and waterfalls for some person of the female persuasion during life. That’s what’s the matter with me. But I don’t know how to do it.
Although the outcome of this young man’s quest for true love remains unknown, we must acknowledge and appreciate his determination, and at the very least, recognize his successful cultivation of buckwheat.