Montenegran Husband of Harry Floyd Takes Marion Dodd to the Altar


Bride Is a Beauty, Rich and Is Rated Among Best Business Women on Coast



Milos M. Gopcevic, member of the royal Montenegran family, streetcar conductor and wealthy rancher of Lake county, who secured his great fortune at the death of his wife, formerly Miss Floyd, a society girl of this city, has again married a young woman of great wealth.

Last night, at the Russian Greek church, at the corner of Van Ness avenue and Green street, Miss Marion B. Dodd, daughter of Colonel Marshall Dodd, a civil war veteran of the best Kentuckian lineage, was wedded to Gopcevic in the presence of about 100 friends.




An effort was made by the family to keep the affair as quiet as possible, not wishing for a repetition of the notoriety attending the groom's marriage when he was but a poor streetcar conductor on the California street line. But about 100 friends were present at the wedding and a score sat down to the supper afterward at the family home.

Though on the first occasion, Gopcevic secured a wife with a fortune of over $1,000,000, he can scarcely be said to be less fortunate in his last choice, the bride of last night being one of the shrewdest of business women of Pacific coast. With her as a helpmeet the fortune, amassed from both sides, should swell to a great extend. Miss Dodd has been interested in a local wire company for but six years and has already brought forth a revenue from it of more than $1,000 a month. It is her great hope, when she has the additional advantage of her husband's money, to become the foremost steel operator on the Pacific coast.




The ceremony performed at the Greek church was very simple. Judge John F. Davis was best man and Mrs. Maude de Camp acted as maid of honor. Miss Marie Dodd, sister of the bride, alone acted as bridesmaid. The brothers of Gopcevic, Bozo M. and Andro M., the latter of whom came especially from Austria for the wedding, and Miss Dodd's brother, Marshall, acted as ushers. Among those invited to the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. John Rodovich and their daughter, Bertha; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Pritchard and daughter, Eliza; and Mrs. Shorb de Bar and daughter.

The Gopcevic family has had the public gaze directed against it on a number of occasions. The first was in 1904 when the social world was startled by the report that the vivacious Harry Floyd was to marry the apparently penniless streetcar conductor. The marriage was a most fortunate match and the couple lived in great domestic bliss for a few months and then the young woman was taken suddenly ill and died. Just before her death she called for paper, ink and pen and willed her entire fortune to her husband.




Then came the great will contest in Lake county, where the couple had lived, at the bride's great estate, "Konoyah," her relatives claiming that she was hypnotized, frightened and under the influence of her husband, and her best friend, Eliza Pritchard. The will was successfully defended by Judge John F. Davis, and he and Miss Pritchard were among those present last night to see fortune again smile on Gopcevic.

Gopcevic's name next sprang into publicity in November, 1908, when he held Dr. Walter H. Fern, a Lake county physician, a veritable prisoner in the "Konoyah" mansion. When sued for $6,960 fees by the doctor, he gave as his reason, the laconic statement, "It was for my brother." It was his brother, Peter, who while visiting at "Konoyah" had been taken quite ill and was in need of medical attendance, and Dr. Fearn was kept there nearly a month.

Bozo M. Gopcevic, brother of Milos, is said to be the rightful king of Montenegro and of the royal blood of the ruling house of Servia-Bulgaria. The family is most influential in its native land and the one or two times Bozo has returned it has been a signal for a general insurrection. He returned on one occasion and rescued his brother Andro, who came here, for the first time, from Europe to attend last night's event, as he was about to be transported into exile. The home of the brothers at 2845 Sacramento street is loaded with many valuable presents sent from Europe and from friends in this city. The walls are covered with photographs, etchings and oil paintings of the ruling families of Servia-Bulgaria. Many of the oil paintings were done by the versatile Bozo, whose greatest boast is tat "I am an American."




The history of the bride is also most interesting. She is a striking brunette and said to be one of the most beautiful women in California. She is very wealthy in her own name and has made her home for some time first at the St. Francis and later at the Fairmont hotel. She is determined to stay with her steel interests and become one of the greatest financiers of the west. Her father is at his home in Los Angeles.


The San Francisco Call, Friday, June 17, 1910, p. 5:1