Since Bill Cody and Dan Winget were such good friends, (and Buffalo Bill was a native of nearby LeClaire, Iowa), it made perfect sense to culminate his career here in Clinton, Iowa. Additionally, Winget arranged to take the wedding entourage backstage afterward, to meet the legendary showman. Buffalo Bill enjoyed himself so much that he stayed and talked for quite awhile, and he learned that Fred and Helen were newlyweds, and he also learned that Fred’s middle name was “Cody.” So, he spontaneously offered to put them up at a favorite hotel near his ranch in Cody, Wyoming. He telegraphed ahead to his sister, with explicit instructions that included the warning, “Fred has only counterfeit money, so don’t take any of it from him!” … his way of indicating that that part of the honeymoon was on him!
The romantic, leisurely times depicted in this book, Love and a Limousine, evoke a quaint period just after the Victorian Age and Gay Nineties, when everything is just starting to pick up speed -- what with automobiles, telephones, trolley cars, fast trains, increased freedom for women, and newfangled electric lights bringing about abundant night life. It shows that there was still a great deal of respect for women, along with corresponding moral niceties and social rules. But at the same time, harbingers of the next decade, “the Roaring Twenties”, also lurked. We shall hear more about Mr. Winget in the days ahead.