During the Grand Coulee years, four more of the Smith children got married. The first two of these weddings made a double connection between the Smiths and the Wanamakers. In January 1915, Prue married Roy Wanamaker, at the Smith family home. They were both aged 21 at the time, and Roy had saved enough money to buy his own farm at Grand Coulee, where he and Prue lived for many years. Their first house there wasn't in very good shape, letting the wind howl through. Roy patched it up, and then built a new house on the same land several years later. He worked as a telephone linesman as well as looking after the farm, with a lot of help from a very able Prue and at least one hired hand. Roy and Prue had no children, but they had a wonderful marriage that lasted 75 years.
|Roy and Prue's wedding photo, 1915.|
My favourite photo of Roy and Prue,
taken in the summer of 1915.
Their first house is in the background.
|Ryley and Myrtle's wedding photo, 1915.|
I don't know what George and Louisa's other children received as wedding presents from their parents, but I imagine they were substantial, because Ryley and Myrtle's wedding present was a house. I think the story of this house deserves a blog post of its own - should I do that now or later...? Soon.
Frank and Ethel Burton's wedding photo, 1918.
Item about the double wedding
in the Regina Leader-Post.
|Clara's obituary in the Indian Head Times.|
Note that her parents weren't mentioned
among the bereaved.
Despite the sad start to two of these marriages, all four of them were happy and long-lived, just as George and Louisa's was. Like Roy and Prue, Frank and Ethel had no children, but Andy and Grace had two, and Ryley and Myrtle had eight, including my mother. More about them later.
Everything I know about these events come comes from newspaper articles and what's been told to me by family members.