NEWSPAPER for the
Lowell Dail Mail,
Thursday november 22 1906
An interesting marriage was solemnized by
Rev. Fr. Amyot, O.M.I., at the chapel of St Joseph’s rectory,
Merrimack Street, yesterday morning when Philip Nichols, known as
the McGregorville dwarf was united in wedlock to Miss Rose Dufraine,
another dwarf living in Lowell.
Philip Nichols is known to the Manchester
public as the dwarf newsboy, who for several years sold papers at
the corner of Elm and Bridge streets in the Queen City. His
diminutive figure and little cart were for several years a familiar
sight at this point. Three years ago he decided to go into business,
and opened a periodical store at 449 North Main street, Manchester,
where he has been meeting with success.
Nichols is French, and was born 25 years
ago at St. Henry, P. Q. He removed to Manchester with his parents
when quite young and has always made his home in the city ever since.
He attended St. Joseph’s school, St Augustine’s school and St.
Marie’s school, being graduated from each with honors. He stands
only 27 inches high, and weighs 80 pounds.
The bride elect is also one of the little
people, her height being 39 inches and weight 77 pounds. Her age is
She is an orphan, her nearest relative
being her grandfather, Pierre Gagnon of Lowell, who, with Nichol’s
father, Alexander Nichols was one of the witnesses of the marriage.
The ceremony was performed in the presence
of only a few friends. Following the solemnization of the nuptials
rites a reception was held at 28 Franklin St, Lowell. The couple
then went to McGregorville and a reception was also held at 449
North Main street, which was largely attended.
Thursday, November 22, 1906, Lowell, Massachusetts
RING FOR MIDGET WEDDING
Dufresne Becomes the Bride of Diminutive Manchester Man
Mr. and Mrs. Philippe Nicole
The wedding bells of Lilliput rang out
merrily yesterday for the most remarkable wedding ever
celebrated in all of Lowell’s matrimonial history.
This diminutive union was that of two
dwarfs, both French Americans, whose combined height is 6 feet 4
inches, and whose combined weight - 157 pounds - is but that of
the average woman of fair size.
The heroes of the tiny romance
culminating are Philippe Nicole of Manchester, NH, 25 years old,
and Rose Dufresne, of 28 Franklin street, this city, 19 years of
Mr Nicole is exactly 36 inches tall. He
says he is sure he is the smallest man in the world. He has
traveled a lot but has never seen anything which “amounted to so
little” as himself, he says. His bride is appreciably taller,
being 40 inches, and he says he will never be able to exact that
this “tall woman” should obey him. He is quite a joker, is
little Monsieur Nicole.
The wedding took place at 7 o’clock at
the private chapel of St. Joseph’s rectory. Though every effort
had been made to avoid notoriety, the news of the “grand
mariage” had spread somehow, and the sidewalk was packed with
spectators in front of the rectory to see the wedding party
alight. Promptly at 7 o’clock the carriage arrived and both
little people were lifted bodily out of it by their attendants
and deposited on the steps which they proudly mounted arm in
The bridegroom is the biggest little
swell ever, and on his wedding day he was more resplendent than
ever. He wore a long black frock coat, almost reaching to his
heels, black trousers, a tall hat, the regulation white tie and
a white carnation buttonhole bouquet.
The bride wore a white lansdowne gown,
with net lace yoke and trimmings of white satin baby ribbon,
white shoes and stockings and a long veil caught with orange
blossoms over her dark hair. She carried a beautiful bouquet of
white roses and maidenhair, almost as big as herself. She made
an especially charming and childlike little bride, looking more
like a little maiden of 10 making her first communion, than like
a woman mature enough for marriage.
Rev. Fr. Amyot, O.M.I., performed this
unique marriage ceremony, in the presence of about a score of
relatives of the two midgets. The chapel had been prettily
decorated with large bunches of flowers for the occasion, and
for each of the little people, a special little prie-dieu, and a
special little chair, of a size fit for little children of four
or five, had been provided. The ceremony went off smoothly, both
pronouncing the traditional “oui” in a high, clear voice. After
the mass Rev. Fr. Amyout made a short allocution, extending his
best wishes to the little couple, who looked all radiant
happiness during it all.
Mr. Nicole’s father, Mr. Alexandre
Nicole of Manchester, was his witness, and the bride’s
grandfather, Mr. Pierre Gagnon, with whom she makes her home,
gave her away. The bridegroom’s father is a tall man, standing
nearly 5 feet 11, while two of his brothers, Joseph and Henry
Nicole, of Manchester, who were also present, are men near the
When the little couple reappeared at
the rectory door after the ceremony, all smiles, the crowd could
not contain its enthusiasm, and gave them an ovation, all
commencing to clap hands. They were lifted bodily again into the
hack, and taken by Amedee Archambault, who had the honor to
drive them around, to Fontaine’s studio to have their pictures
After the taking of their image, they
returned to the bride’s home in Franklin street, where
A Wedding Breakfast
Was served. The two heroes of the day
were seated at the head of the table in ordinary high chairs,
this permitting them to be on the level with the rest of the
merrymakers and within reach of the many good things. There
never was a merrier breakfast party, and the little couple were
showered with such a mountain of good wishes that it is a wonder
they were not forever engulfed by them.
Tonight a reception will take place at
the bride’s home to the families on both sides. The bride’s aunt,
Mrs. Antoine Dufresne, and her sister, Miss Alice Dufresne, a
pretty girl of normal size, assist Mr. and Mrs. Nicole in doing
The little couple will leave today for
Manchester, where a rousing reception awaits them. A delegation
will go to the station with a brass band to meet them, and will
serenade them all the way up to their home. A big reception,
with several hundreds of guests, will take place at the Nicole
residence. The little bride, who is timid and retiring, is a
little afraid of all this fuss, and would rather have had a very
quiet affair. Her husband, who is a jolly and vivacious little
man, would have preferred to have a high mass here right in the
big St. Jean Baptiste church, with lots of singing and everybody
welcome, but she would have none of it, only a very quiet low
mass at an early hour, with no noise about it.
The meeting of the two dwarfs took
place last June in quite a romantic manner, through J.O.
Champagne of this city, who wanted them to go jointly upon the
vauderville stage under his management. Mr. Champagne said to
Mr. Nicole one day: “Philippe, I have found a wife for you. Come
to my house next Sunday and you will meet her.” The next Sunday
the little man accordingly went to Mr. Champagne’s home, 472
Moody street, and there met Miss Dufresne. The attraction was
immediate and mutual, and the courtship soon began, first by
letter, then by frequent visits interchanged between Lowell and
Mr. Nicole had been for some time
looking for a bride, but had not before found a French-American
girl who was a dwarf like himself. He wanted no other. When he
had found her and had commenced to court her it was understood
at once that they would soon be married, “for little people like
us, you understand,” he says, “don’t go around flirting without
As betrothal gifts little Mademoiselle
Dufresne received from her fiance a beautiful diamond ring and a
diamond studded watch and gold chain, both very valuable.
The bridegroom is very well off, and
owns a prosperous variety store in Manchester, as well as a
large tenement block property. He runs his store himself and is
as quick as a bird attending to his sales. He has a platform
built all around back of his counter, upon which he stands to
wait on people. His size is a mine for him in a business way,
hundreds of people being attracted to the store through
curiosity. He says there isn’t a soul among Manchester’s 60,000
who doesn’t know him. He says his store is always full.
He has always strenuously refused,
strange to say, to appear in shows, though offers by the score
have been made him, with salaries of several hundred dollars a
week. It may be that now, however, with the added attraction of
there being a couple of them instead of one, such large sums may
be offered Mr. and Mrs. Nicole that they will finally consent to
go on the stage.
Neither of them has ever had a sick day,
and they are normally constituted in spite of their tiny size.
The bride is perfect as to form, while her little husband’s only
defect is his feet, which are wrong side out, as it were. In the
picture you would think his feet had been cut off, but such is
not the case. They are turned in with the side in view. This
fault in the muscle of his ankle is what has prevented him from
growing to normal size. Mr. Nicole says the doctors have told
him, as he weighed 14 pounds and was of normal height when born.
Thirteen children were born to his parents, all normal. His
bride, on the other hand, weighed only three pounds at birth.
The little man was born at Levis, Que.,
and came to Manchester 20 years ago. He was then as large as he
is now, never having grown from that time. He is exactly three
feet tall, and his arms and legs are like those of a child of
four. He weighs 80 pounds, which is very stout in proportion,
and measures 32 inches around the waist, which is probably
coming as near being as broad as he is long as any man ever did.
He is in the habit of carrying a cane
when he goes out dressed up, this “big stick” measuring exactly
18 inches, half his height.
Mrs. Nicole was born in Lowell. Two
other children born to her parents were of normal size. Her
father and mother, now dead, were also normal. She is 40 inches
tall, and weighs 77 pounds. Her arms are 12 inches long and
everything abut her is on this diminutive scale, though
perfectly formed. Like her husband, she is well educated, both
speaking and writing good French and English. She went to St.
Joseph’s convent and also to the public schools here. Her
friends till lately were young children of abut 12 or 14, as
owing to her size she was always petted like a child in spite of
her age, and also felt timid with older people. She is very
strong and is an excellent housekeeper and cook, and her General
Tom Thumb of a husband feels that he has secured a great prize
of the kind coming in small packages, of course.
All of Franklin street was astir
yesterday, calling on the little bride to offer congratulations,
and gifts in quantity were offered the little people by Lowell
friends, while there is no end to the offerings awaiting them
from Manchester friends. Their home there will be at 449 North
Main street, above the store kept by Mr. Nicole in the Queen
City’s chief business thoroughfare.
News from the Manchester, NH newspaper (supplements
to Lowell, MA)
Research by Marie-Claire NICOL
L'Avenir National, jeudi le 21 novembre 1906
Mariés à Lowell
Philippe Nicol, le jeune infirme de McGregorville, a épousé
hier à Lowell, Mass., Melle. Rose Dufresne, une naine comme
lui, à l'église St. Joseph. Un grand nombre de personnes
ont assisté à ce mariage remarquable. Les témoins étaient
M. Alexandre Nicol, père du mariée et M. Pierre Gagnon,
grand-père de la mariée.
M et Mme Nicol résideront à Manchester. M Nicol possède à
McGregorville plusieurs propriétés et un magasin sur la rue
Married at Lowell
Philippe Nicol, the young infirmed of McGregorville, married
yesterday at Lowell, Mass., Miss Rose Dufresne, a dwarf like
him, at St. Joseph’s church. A large number of people
assisted this remarkable marriage. The witnesses were Mr.
Alexandre Nicol, father of the groom, and Mr. Pierre Gagnon,
grandfather of the bride.
Mr. and Mrs. Nicol will live at Manchester. Mr. NIcol owns
many properties in McGregorville and a store on Main street.
L'Avenir National, vendredi le 22 nov 1906
Réception chez M.
M. et Mme.
Philippe Nicol, les deux nains qui se sont mariés à Lowell
hier, sont maintenant à leur résidence, 11 rue Wayne,
Manchester Ouest. Hier soir, un grand nombre de parents et
amis sont venues les féliciter et leur présenter de nombreux
M. et Mme. Nicol
ont reçu les cadeaux suivants:
Bol à punch et
verres par Mlle L. Pouliot, Mme. Parent, M. Clément et
famille, de Lowell, Mass; un huilier, la famille Millette de
Lowell, Mass; une demi-douzaine de pats fantaisie et
nécessaire à barbe, M et Mme Arthur Gagnon, de Lowell, Mass;
deux vases à fleurs et collier par M Ed. Clément, de Lowell,
Mass; deux vases de fantaisie, Mlle B. Dumas, Lowell, Mass;
un vase, Mme Holland Lowell, couvre-pieds, par M. G. Gagnon
de Lowell; lingerie, M. M. Gagnon de Lowell; mouchoirs de
soie, Mlle Angelina Chenelle de Lowell;
service à thé de fantaisie, M. et Mme Alfred Hébert; plateau
à fruits, M. Henri Plantier; service à vin, M. Joseph Nicol;
poivriàre et salière en argent, M. Thomas D. Paris; cuillère
en argent, M. Herman Lampron; deux chaises de salon, M
et Mme Henri Nicol; une douzaine de serviettes, M et
Mme J Lagassé; une catin, donnée par des amis; un biberon
rempli de lait, M. Henri Nicol.
Reception at the
home of Mr. Nicol
Mr. and Mrs.
Philippe Nicol, the two dwarfs who were married at Lowell
yesterday, are now at their residence, 11 Wayne street, West
Manchester. Last night a large number of family and friends
came to celebrate with them and present them with gifts.
Mr. and Mrs.
Nicol received the following gifts:
A punch bowl and
cups from Miss L. Pouliot, Mrs. Parent, Mr Clement and
family of Lowell, Mass; an oil can from the Millette family
of Lowell, Mass., a half dozen soaps for barbering from Mr
and Mrs Arthur Gagnon of Lowell, Mass; two collared vases of
flowers from Mr. Ed Clement of Lowell, Mass; two fantasy
vases from Miss B. Dumas, Lowell, Ma; a vase, Mrs Holland,
Lowell; overshoes from Mr. G. Gagnon of Lowell; lingerie,
Mr. and Mrs. Gagnon of Lowell; silk mouchois from Miss
Angelina Chenelle of Lowell; a fantasy tea service from
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hebert; a platter of fruits, Mr Henri
Plantier; a wine service, Mr. Joseph Nicol; silver salt and
pepper shakers, Mr. Thomas D. Paris; silver spoon, Mr.
Herman Lampron; two parlor chairs, Mr and Mrs Henri Nicol;
a dozen napkins, Mr and Mrs J. Lagasse; a catin from friends;
a bottle filled with milk, Mr. Henri Nicole.
Note: M. Joseph
Nicol, père de Wilfred.
Note: Henri Nicol (Jocelyne NICOL's
and his first
wife Corinne Béland /
Presence of Henri NICOL's second wife Miss Angelina
The Union, Manchester, NH, Friday, November 23, 1906
Mr. and Mrs.
Philip Nicols, the midgets who were married Wednesday at the
rectory of St. Joseph's church, Lowell, arrrived home late
yesterday afternoon, and last evening a reception was held
at the home of the groom, 11 Wayne street. During the
evening, the couple received a large number of friends and a
wedding collation was served.
couple in Manchester have already laid plans for the future
and the bride will assist her husband in managing affairs
about his store on Main street. They will make their new
home at 409 North Main street.