In the olden days many people were married in their homes.
Some were married at Christmas or New Years. Relatives would come the house was cleaned before Christmas and baking was done….so why not have a wedding or two?
Grandpa Jim, Grandma Tracie, Great Aunt Emma and Great Uncle Rubert. The two women are sisters born 22 months apart, Tracie in June of 1895 and Emma in April of 1897. This photo was taken at Far Guys home. I will guess that Far Guys Dad got out his Polaroid Camera and took this photo near their anniversary time. I wish I knew exactly what year it was. It was taken earlier than November 1968.
So when Tracie was 18 1/2 years old she married Jim on Christmas Day 1913 in rural Logan Iowa on her parents farm. Jim would have been 24 years old.
Rubert, Grover, Jim, Tracie, Emma and Esta
Then the next week Rubert married Emma on New Years Day 1914. Emma would have been 16 years and nine months old. Rubert was 21 years old.
Grover, Rubert, Emma and Stella
Later in 1914 they would all move to Minnesota, I am certain that these marriages took place so that the group of them could leave Iowa and find cheaper land to farm in Minnesota.
I would bet that Grandma made both of the wedding dresses she was quite an accomplished seamstress. The Bridal Bonnet that Emma is wearing always makes me smile…Emma was a bit of a character all her life.
Jim and Tracie celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary before Grandpa died in 1968.
Rubert and Emma celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary before Rubert died in 1981.