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A look back at weddings

Published 3:33pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

 The month of June just concluded was traditionally viewed as the wedding month. The only wedding my wife and I have attended this year took place this past Saturday at the Reid Chapel on the Samford University campus. The groom was a long-time student of mine to whom I tried to teach every political lesson I knew. He obviously learned some lessons on his own about how to woo and win the heart of a beautiful young lady who also happens to be engaged in political work like her husband.

June 2, 1906–J. A. Rountree, former publisher of the Enquirer, plans to erect a two-story brick veneer dwelling on 11th avenue and 18th street in Birmingham, the same to cost when completed $5,500. When former bachelor Rountree was first married he took his bride, Jennie, home to Rosebud Cottage on Main Street.

June 2, 1909—Ethel Mahan, daughter of, Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Mahan, is planning to marry John R. Mallory of Arizona in an afternoon wedding at the home of her parents one week from today. Ethel is well liked by old and young alike. Once the knot is tied they will leave by train for the groom’s home state, their future home.

June 6, 1922–Lillian Russell is dead. The former stage beauty succumbed early today to a complication of diseases believed the result of a fall aboard ship while returning from Europe. (Relate to Hartselle women who adopted the Lillian Russell style, particularly hat fashions.) Marriage? She married composer Edward Solomon in 1884 but, unfortunately her, he was still married to another woman. She was married three additional times but never happily. She found greatest satisfaction in her relationship with “Diamond Jim” Brady who supported her in the lifestyle to which she wished to become accustomed.

June 4, 1939–Mrs. Billy Sunday, widow of the world-famous evangelist and White Sox baseball player, spoke this afternoon at the First Methodist church. Rev. and Mrs. Sunday were married on Sept. 5, 1888. They had met at a church social shortly after his conversion to Christianity

June 2, 1940–”Rebecca,” a dramatic love story with Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, began a limited engagement at the Strand today. Olivier plays the widower of “Rebecca,” and Fontaine his second wife.

June 4, 1940–”He Married His Wife,” a comedy with Joel McRea and Nancy Kelley, follows the serious “Rebecca” drama at the Strand.

June 9, 1940–”My Favorite Wife,” with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant is now showing at the Strand. Husband-wife-themed movies seem to be very popular during this month of weddings.

June 3, 1941—Jean Freeman is serving as summer supervisor of the MCHS library (Her future husband, Roland King, was born on Feb. 16, 1920, and died on Jan. 17, 2003. Mrs. King preceded her husband in death by about two years.)

June 3, 1942—Bevelye Wray Barclift and Edward Summers are planning to be married soon.

May 30, 1948–Miss Buford Kracke and Mr. E. R. Roberts were united in marriage this morning at 9:30 at the First Baptist Church of Hartselle, Rev. Frank P. Smith performing the ceremony.

June 2, 1948–Friends of F. E. Burleson, popular principal of the Hartselle City School, will be pleased to learn that he was united in marriage today to Miss Mary Nell Ballew.

June 1, 1961—The top tune among Hartselle teens now in ‘Runaway’ as sung by Del Shannon. Actual elopements are now less common than in the past, especially due to the fact that Mississippi also now requires a blood test on the part of marriage license applicants.

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