(17 + 23) x 3 = 70 + Bonus


70 years (and a few days) ago, there was a young woman celebrating her 17th birthday. And how did she celebrate her birthday? She got married! This young woman had been courted by a slightly older man for about 5 months in a somewhat long distance relationship (they lived 30 miles apart, which was pretty close to long distance back then). And on August 17, 1938, this young woman and her 23 year-old beau were married for the 1st time. They weren’t married in a church. Why? I don’t know. What I do know is that they were married in the minister’s home, and he was pretty darn nervous because it was the first wedding he had ever performed. (The minister was nervous, but I’m sure the young man was, too, though he’d probably not admit it.)

50 years later, she and her slightly older man were married again. In a church this time, with 3 of their 4 children present, as well as several of their grandchildren, and assorted friends and others.

70 years after their 1st wedding, though somewhat older, they were married for the 3rd time. And again in a church (though not in the same church as 20 years prior because they had recently left the church in which they had been members for almost 70 years to follow their dear minister after he was rudely ousted in a very un-Christian-like manner from said church. But I digress). They were surrounded by 2 of their children, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, assorted spouses/boyfriends/SOs, and members and guests of the (new) church. Their wedding was performed by the dear minister (who I can honestly say is one of the most decent people, and ministers, I’ve ever known – if I went to church I would go to his, even though it’s an hour away over some typically crappy WV roads) of whom they had grown so fond. He is so equally fond of them that he had some trouble getting through the ceremony.


The young woman and her man

When the, formerly young, man was asked why he decided to marry his bride he claimed, “Well I’d been walking to her house every day for about 5 months, and it was a pretty long walk. I thought ‘That’s enough of that, it’s time to bring her home.'” How’s that for romance?


the mistress of elusion


This is the clearest, and closest, photo of me from the day. As far as I know. Although my propensity for avoiding pictures (begin taken of me) is legendary, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is another one that has been hidden from me. They can bite me.


**I didn’t take these photos, but I tried to my best editing them.

***Not that my photog skills are immeasurably better.


17 Responses to (17 + 23) x 3 = 70 + Bonus

  1. Giselle says:

    That is sooo romantic!!! An age-old love. Just wonderful! Rare to find such love these days..


  2. missnightowl says:

    It really is! And they do still love each other. If I ever think I can’t imagine 70 years, I just think of them.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Giselle says:

    yea… 70 years is a humongously Long time!!!! 🙂

  4. Tuli says:

    What a sweet, sweet story. They should publish a book – “How to make it work; Our advice for 70+ years of happy marriage.”

    I’d buy a copy.

  5. missnightowl says:

    I’m hoping to get a better, or at least more complete, collection of their “stories” soon for future generations. I seem to be the only one of my generation that is interested, but it would be a good addendum to our family tree that I’ve researched. Maybe I can inspire a niece or nephew or younger cousin to learn more about our family history.

  6. Giselle says:

    ive always wanted to make my very own family tree and let it pass onto future generations so that they also would know about their forefathers. make it something like a family treasure!!! but havent reached anywhere on it.. have just done the groundwork… 😉

  7. missnightowl says:

    You can find a lot of genealogical information online. I had my dad’s side only back to the late 1700’s and my mom’s back to the early 1700’s. With online info I’ve got dad’s to the early 1500’s and mom’s to the early 1600’s. Some of the details you can find are pretty interesting!

  8. Giselle says:

    wow! thats great! Do tell me the sites where you researched the information…

  9. missnightowl says:

    The main genealogy sites I’ve used are:

    I’ve also gotten as much luck with plain old Google searches on names, though it works better if the names aren’t common. I don’t know about recent generations but it seems like you can get data from all of the world for older generations on the sites above.

  10. Giselle says:

    the problem is payment.. it is just too expensive for me…
    anyway, im making a pedigree chart myself:)

  11. missnightowl says:

    You can do the research without a fee, you just have limited access to which areas you can search on the site. If you read the information on the site you can find out which areas are free, and which areas aren’t. When you perform a search it will also let you know which parts of the search results are free and which require a membership. I’ve created my own genealogy chart/family tree and I’ve never paid a membership fee to a research site.

  12. Awesome story and pictures! I love his reason why he asked her to marry him. Too sweet!

  13. Heather says:

    Hey, I came by from Heather CMG’s blog.
    Your grandparents are simply GRAND!!! Sorry bad pun!
    But I think it is wonderful and amazing not only that they have been married so long, but have stayed together too. And I love that he said, “it was time to bring her home.” So sweet!

  14. missnightowl says:

    CMG – Thanks! It’s just like him. And it’s a lot better reason than some I’ve heard. He must have known something was right!

    Heather – Thanks for coming over! As far as I know they’ve never been mad at each other for long. He respects her (and she him) and I think he’s a little afraid of her, too!

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