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My current volunteer job made me think of Judge Roy Bean.

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When I was a kid, Knott's Berry Farm was a berry farm in Buena Park with a restaurant that made fried chicken and berry pies.  They opened a small western themed amusement park that all of us kids went to.  There was a Ghost Town, saloon, stage coach, a jail and a court house.  The court house was presided over by Justice of the Peace, Judge Roy Bean.  You could go there, and among other things, get plumb fake married.  You got a fake marriage license, a garter to throw or wear, and horse shoe nails bent to be rings.  I can't tell you the number of times I was married there, nor to whom. Even my Mr. and I got married there in our early courtship.

Per Wikipedia, in 1882, Roy Bean became the Justice of the Peace in Pecos County.  His legal career was lengthy, colorful, and not very legal.  But I was interested in the weddings he performed.  There was no information on any.  Wiki did say that he charged $5 for a wedding, $10 for a divorce that he was not entitled to provide, and ended all weddings with "and may God have mercy on your souls." He spent most of his money in his later years helping the local poor and providing free wood for the schoolhouse. There was a strange and wonderful film made 1972 called "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean".  It is not very factual but it is very entertaining and it stars Paul Newman, always a plus in my book.

I will probably not repeat his ending at the weddings I perform (damn!) and I don't even get $5 each but I am sure I will enjoy it immensely. At orientation, I was advised that they schedule a wedding every 15 minutes, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.  I'll let you know.

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