David Cusick Marries Susan Hemingray


Publication: The Boston Sunday Globe

Boston, MA, United States
vol. 67, no. 8, p. 44, col. 2-4




David Cusick's Brilliant Plays and His Good Nature Attracted the Attention of Miss Hemingray of Muncie, Ind. The Romance Ends in Marriage Despite the Objections of the Young Lady's Relatives.




Miss Sue Hemingray of Muncie, Ind., an immensely wealthy girl, became the wife of David Cusick of Fall River, the poor but happy goal tender of the Kokomo polo team, despite the numerous obstacles that were thrown in the path of the impatient lovers.

The polo craze which has struck so many of the interurban cities in Central Indiana during the past two or three winters was at its hight [sic] height two years ago. A score of cities were polo mad. The town of Muncie was not to be outdone in the matter. It, too, was polo mad. The women caught the polo fever as well as the men, and there was not a more enthusiastic devotee of the game in all Muncie than the beautiful and wealthy Miss Sue Hemingray. She never missed a game.

The Muncie polo-admiring public demanded the best players available for their team. So, two years ago, "Dave" Cusick, with a splendid reputation as a crack polo player, came to Muncie from Fall River, to become the goal tender or the Muncie team. Cusick was a giant in stature, handsome and golden-haired, and during the game, whether in defeat or victory, he was always smiling and happy.

He made good from the start and was soon known as the best goal tender Muncie had over had. He became the idol of thousands of fans.

No college football player was ever idolized more by gridiron enthusiasts, nor was a baseball player ever applauded more on the diamond than was "Dave" Cusick idolized and applauded by the hosts of Muncie polo fans.

It became fashionable and highly enjoyable as well for the girls of Muncie to flock to the rink to see "Dave" Cusick guard the cage for their team. And after the games he was nearly always called to the center of the polo rink, where generous friends and enthusiastic admirers presented him with such gifts as gold-headed canes, roller skates, meerschaum pipes, boxes of cigars, rings and other jewelry.

Cusick also became almost as popular off the polo floor as he was on it. He soon became a sort of a social lion and was extremely popular in the younger society circles of Muncie. Indeed he was as much at home in his dress suit on the dancing floor as he was in his athletic garb on the polo floor.

It was at a dance that Miss Sue Hemingray was first introduced to David Cusick. Although she had seen him many times as he distinguished himself in the polo rink, she had never had the pleasure of meeting him until that memorable evening at the dance.

The daughter of the late Robert Hemingray, for years the president of the Hemingray glass company, one of Muncie's successful business houses, Miss Hemingray was one of the richest young women of the city; in fact, she was heiress to quite a large fortune.

For several years before the winter of '02 and '03 Miss Hemingray had been attending an eastern college and her mother had high hopes that her daughter would marry some wealthy and educated young man. So when she saw that her daughter, in becoming such a polo enthusiast, had fallen in love with Cusick, the idol of all the polo enthusiasts, she was greatly displeased.

The daughter permitted the polo player to continue to worship at her shrine despite the protestations of not only her mother, but of her other relatives as well.

Indeed, a love romance was gradually unfolding in the lives of the wealthy social queen and the poor polo player. They had fallen desperately in love with one another, and the only outcome of their courtship seemed to be marriage. Finally, when this became apparent to the mother, and other relatives as well, it was decided to take the girl east.

Meanwhile, Cusick finished the season with the Muncie polo team, he spent the summer at his home in Fall River, and soon became but a memory in the hearts of the Muncie polo fans. They thought of him as the greatest polo player they had seen, and yet their thoughts of the prospects for a winning team during the next season somewhat dimmed their recollections of Cusick.

Ever since that memorable winter two years ago until within the past few weeks, Miss Hemingray has been in the east with her mother. Hearing that Cusick would no longer be the goal tender on the Muncie team and believing that the flame of love for the polo player had ceased to burn brightly within the breast of her daughter after the enjoyment and excitement of two years of travel and sight-seeing, the mother finally decided to return to Muncie. This she did in the latter part of November.

The daughter had not been in Muncie long until she discovered that Cusick was the goal tender for the polo team at Kokomo and that he was the idol of the Kokomo fans just as he had been the idol of the Muncie fans two years before. Her thought again returned to the man whom she had loved before. She began to watch the papers intently to see what Cusick was doing for the Kokomo team. At last her desire to see him again became so strong that it could no longer be resisted.

Accordingly, she sent a telegram to Cusick at Kokomo telling him that she had returned to Muncie. Cusick immediately left Kokomo for Muncie on the next train. The lovers met again. Their love was renewed, Cusick's proposal of marriage was accepted. Arrangements for a quiet wedding were at once made.

Friday morning, Dec 16, the lovers met by appointment at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hart at Muncie. Eugene Hart is "Bobby" Hart, the crack second rush of the Muncie polo team, and a former team mate of Cusick.

Accompanied by Hart, Cusick went to the office of the county clerk at Muncie and asked for a marriage license. The clerk refused to issue the license which would open the way for David Cusick and Miss Hemingray to become man and wife Cusick protested against the clerk's refusal, and pleaded that he had the girl's consent and that both were of age. But his pleadings with the clerk were of no avail, and he remained true to his promise to Mrs Hemingray not to issue a license for her daughter to become the bride of the poor polo player.

The lovers were determined to wed. They decided to go to Indianapolis, where they know it would be possible to secure a minister to tie the knot that would make them one.

In defiance of the efforts put forth by the mother and the county clerk, Miss Hemingray and Mr. Cusick accompanied by Mr and Mrs "Bobby" Hart, took an interurban car for Indianapolis.

At 5 o'clock they arrived at the Hoosier capital.

At 6 o'clock they took dinner at the Imperial hotel.

At 7 o'clock they secured the services of Rev Joshua Stansfield, pastor of the Meridian-st. Methodist church.

At 8 o'clock they were married in the parlor of the hotel. The only witnesses to the ceremony were Mr and Mrs Hart and William Foor, proprietor of the Imperial.

At 8 o'clock they went to the theater.

At 11 o'clock the newly wedded couple took the interurban for Kokomo where they will make their home during the polo season.

Thus ended the day full or heart sobs, vain pleadings, stormy scenes and dramatic incidents, all of which culminated in the plain, simple, quiet ceremony that made the hero and heroine of this romance man and wife. Indianapolis Sentinel.

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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:April 5, 2011 by: Bob Stahr;