Anyway, Mom and Dad grew up on farms in North Dakota that were about three miles apart as the crow flies. Back then on Saturday nights there was usually a barn dance somewhere in the neighborhood. So one Saturday night, back in 1929, my mother went to a neighbor's barn dance, accompanied by several of her six brothers, of course. She was 24 years old at the time, and back then a young woman never went anywhere like that alone. She apparently caught my Dad's eye, because he came courting. This picture was taken June 16, 1929, the summer before the bottom fell out of the stock market and the Great Depression began.
That's my Dad's sister behind the wheel in the car. Young couples weren't allowed to date alone then, at least not in my Grandfather's house!!
Time went on and there must have been many more dates because they didn't get married until November of 1932.
I still have my mother's wedding gown packed away. It was pastel pink. I also have the shoes she wore. They were married in the parsonage of the Swedish church (of course) and then had a small dinner party at my grandmother's house. When I was going through her things after she died I found the Certificate of Authenticity for the diamond engagement ring that Dad bought her. He mail ordered it from Montgomery Ward and it cost $29.95. It's a beautiful ring with a quarter carat diamond and two sapphires on each side set in an antique filigree setting. She gave it to me and I have since passed it on to Lovely Daughter who wears it on a daily basis.
Speaking of barn dances and barns, here's a picture of the barn that was on my grandfather's farm (my Dad's dad) - the biggest barn in the entire county.
This picture was taken many years ago. The barn has since fallen down and the remains burned. How sad that it couldn't have been saved, but think of the expense of putting a roof on something that big. Imagine the barn dance you could have had in that hay mow - and all the hanky panky that could have gone one in the dark corners (snicker)!
Anyway, my paternal Grandfather was a big farmer. He raised a lot of cattle and farmed with horses, thus the big barn for all the livestock. He also homesteaded this property back in 1894. I'll tell you more about that another day.
Now I need to get out of my jammies, get some street clothes on and head to the grocery store.