Posted by: bonmac | February 4, 2014

July 4, 1941- A Marriage in Idaho

In genealogy we affectionately refer to some locations as “Gretna Green.”  It is a reference to the English town of “Gretna Green,” were the Brits would go to marry quickly.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretna_Green

Coeur D’Alene, Idaho was such a place.  The laws in Idaho were less strict than in Washington State in 1941.  This appeared in the Seattle P.I. but I have never been able to find it in the paper and so I don’t know the exact date.

Cupid Lures them to Idaho

Cupid Lures them to Idaho

Justice of the Peace, Idaho

Justice of the Peace, Idaho, by K.B. MacDonald

The article above reads:  Seattle couples are taking advantage of a Northwest Gretna Green these days. And it appears that Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where there is no three-day marriage law, is on its way to new records. According to an Associated Press dispatch 112 licenses were issued in the first week of July and the monthly total may easily exceed the existing record of 295 licenses, set last August. Six Seattle couples traveled across the border to the lake-side city for licenses over the holiday according to Coeur d’Alene reports. Among them were Polly Ann Burgert, former University of Washington coed, and Robert R. Weston, former Repertory Playhouse actor. Others were: Keith Barclay MacDonald and Marjorie Fay Boardman; Harold Elmgren and Lola Noon; Ernest Harry Bull and Virginia Frieda Kalberg; John W. Andrus and Virginia Kidwell, and Grand Michale Hill and Vinka Randish.

This is one version of their marriage license but not the official one.

A Marriage in 1941

A Marriage in 1941

My father, Keith was into American Gothic. I have actually seen the original painting.  Here they are posing in Selah, WA on their way home from Idaho. There would be several more pictures through the years with this painting in mind.  They stopped to visit Keith’s family who had taken up permanent residence there.

Keith and Marjorie spoof a little 1941

Keith and Marjorie spoof a little 1941

Here they are cutting a cake and I think this is the wedding shower.

Cutting of the Cake

Cutting of the Cake

Marjorie's Shower

Marjorie’s Shower

This was probably their wedding shower in Seattle at their apartment on Capitol Hill before they bought a house out in north King County it wasn’t till the mid 1960′s that the house was within the Seattle city limits. Marjorie and Keith are in the middle of course with his arm around her.  The two ladies to their left are Eddie and Miriam, sister to the groom. Behind Miriam is Aileen sister to Marjorie of course, looking very serious.  The others are friends from nursing school.  Two of Marjorie’s best friends are Pat Smith is in the back on the right.  Unfortunately Gouldy (Beverly Gould)  is hiding behind the groom.

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