Thursday, June 16, 2011

Love Story ~ Sixty Five Years Ago

June 16th...
My parents were married on this day.
I just got off the phone with my mom, she reminded me that this would have been their sixty-fifth anniversary.
In the 1940's, it was typical for the bride to wear a nice suit...
then she could wear it again, for other special occasions.
Here is their romantic engagement story...
"Thanksgiving Vacation, 1945. I took the bus from Michigan and arrived in Devils Lake about 2 hours late. My 'Special Taxi' with the 'Special Driver' (Cliff) was waiting patiently as he often did. We drove the pickup up Main Street and parked in front of Mitchell's. There, under the cold, silvery moon and in the shadow of the tall, icy buildings, with the wind howling soft music (!) he slipped his diamond ring on my finger. (Time 9p.m. November 21, 1945 Wednesday)
Bud Stensby was the first to notice the ring. After a lunch we went home -- but there was a lot of snow, so we got stuck and waited til daylight and walked the rest of the way. It was Thanksgiving Day then.
No one was surprised about our engagement. Wonder why??"

The wedding party was small.
The Maid of Honor, Fern, was my mom's sister.
The Best Man, Raymond, was my dad's brother.
My dad's sister, Shelene was a beautiful pianist.
His sister, Ardis, had a lovely voice.
"Oh Perfect Love" was a part of our wedding 30 years ago.
Some of the guests...

Some of the gifts...

The Honeymoon Story
(Since this is getting long...I think I will share this with you another day.)
Do you recognize their home?
It is the one that is surrounded by water,

The last page of mom's Bride's Book had some newspaper clippings and cards.
They often shared their anniversay with Father's Day Celebrations.
Their wedding day was no different.

And last of all, my love for all
We're going to share together.
All my love, Ruth

Take care,

This book is one of the precious keepsakes in my mom's cedar chest.
Since my mom is now in an assisted living center, it has a place in our family room.
The contents of the chest are just as she placed them...years ago...

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jennifer768 said...

What a lovely post! Happy Anniversary to them both where ever they may be ! Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with us. Hugs,Jen

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a bittersweet day for your Mama.
I love all the special pieces of history she has wonderful. I love their love story, as I am sure YOU do too.

ps. Your Mom has the most beautiful handwriting ever.

Turley Times said...

Thanks for sharing that...seeing those photos made me feel like I was looking at a time capsule! Your parents' wedding photo looks a lot like my grandparents' wedding photo. They were married in 1947, I believe, and my grandma also wore a suit. I always wondered why she didn't wear a traditional wedding dress but now I get it! That was a practical generation for sure.


Suzanne said...

What a special keepsake. Things seemed so much simpler back then.

M said...

That is such a special keepsake!
My mom and dad also married that year. They often shared their anniversary with Easter! Along with a similar booklet my mom had saved a paper with the amounts they were given from friends at their work. The lined paper was filled with names and $1.00 or $2.00 after each name. That was a lot of money back then and the workers made less than a dollar per hour :)

jdavissquared said...

I love your family.

Willoughby said...

Such a wonderful book to have! They made a lovely couple!

Unknown said...

Our parents are a great example on being married a long time. My parents made 60 years. Great memories your mom has and what a treasury to have in the family. God bless them!

Unknown said...

Such precious memories and treasured is just the best.

pam said...

Thank you so much for sharing that with us. It was lovely!!!

Tolentreasures said...

What a wonderful story, how simple and beautiful weddings were then!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

such sweet memorabilia...

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