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Getting Hitched ~ Funny Story of a Wedding Journey in 1918 with Pictures

Updated on August 11, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Model T car with my husband's grandparents plus another person.

This might have been a car similar to the one mentioned in this story.
This might have been a car similar to the one mentioned in this story. | Source

An Amusing Tale

The "Getting Hitched" meaning in this story refers to Holy Matrimony and the marriage of my husband's maternal grandparents. But horses and buggies also play a vital part in this handwritten rendition of their wedding journey and the problems that they encountered with their "Old Henry Ford" also referred to in those days of 1918 as "Tin Lizzies."

Recently I have been going through some collections of old photographs and other memorabilia that have been saved throughout the years dating back several generations.

In so doing I have run across some wonderful and heartwarming discoveries.

Eventually my goal is to have almost everything put into photo albums or scrapbooks with names and places (if known) and some sense of order as to dates and times.

Let this story begin.


The book in which notations were made of their wedding journey.
The book in which notations were made of their wedding journey. | Source

Our Wedding Book

This delightful discovery although not in the best of shape was nonetheless fun to see and read.

Notations were made inside this little booklet of the date and location of my husband's grandparent's wedding as well as who officiated and who witnessed the event.

They were united in Holy Matrimony in Oskaloosa, Iowa in the year 1918.

Most of the pages inside the covers of this booklet were left blank.

Not filled in were categories such as the following:

  • Guests
  • Announcement Cards
  • Newspaper Clippings and Cards
  • At Home
  • Wedding Cards
  • Photographs
  • and Gifts.

Fortunately for us the part about "Our Wedding Journey" was filled in and I'll simply let the tale begin as it was hand written those many years ago.

Old family photos dating back to early 1918 and before with the couple featured in this story.

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My husband's grandparentsMy husband's maternal grandfather as a young manMy husband's maternal grandmother as a young woman.Another photo of my husband's grandmother.My husband's grandparents
My husband's grandparents
My husband's grandparents | Source
My husband's maternal grandfather as a young man
My husband's maternal grandfather as a young man | Source
My husband's maternal grandmother as a young woman.
My husband's maternal grandmother as a young woman. | Source
Another photo of my husband's grandmother.
Another photo of my husband's grandmother. | Source
My husband's grandparents
My husband's grandparents | Source

Our Wedding Journey

"Leaving Lynnville at 8 O'Clock we proceeded on our way to the house of C.H. Merediths.

Arriving there we left our car and in company with Nellis and Clifford we started on our journey to Oskaloosa. Everything went well until we reached the first big hill.

This half Old Henry Ford absolutely refused to climb without the aid of some heavy pushing. After an hour of pushing, puffing, and sweating we finally made the hill.

We all piled in and once more started on our journey. After driving about one mile and a half we came to a hill that was so very muddy that it was impossible to climb it.

While the boys went for a team the girls walked into Taintor. The boys finally succeeded in getting the car out with the aid of a team. Reaching Taintor just at dark once more we loaded in the Ladies.

After talking over our troubles and tribulations and since the roads were so very bad we decided to make a desperate effort to catch the train at New Sharon bound for Oskaloosa.

On reaching New Sharon our hearts sank within us just as we reached the depot we saw the tail end of the train leaving. After having another talk we started on our journey once more.

As it was freezing we made our way to Oskaloosa without further mishap. At nine O'clock the knot was tied then followed dinner given by our Aunt. After 11 O'clock we started on our homeward journey.

It was very rough but we made it safely reaching the home of Clifford Merediths about one O'clock where we stayed until the next afternoon. Then we started home in our car about 1/2 mile from their place.

We had a blow out. Clifford and Nellis came along in a buggy. Clifford and the bride changed places. The girls going on in the buggy. The boys finally got the car fixed and started.

All went well until close to Bartows where they got stuck in the mud. The team and wagon were close at hand so it didn't take very long to get started again. This being the last of our mishaps we arrived safely in Sully to our new home."

Towns in Iowa mentioned in this story.

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A markerSully, Iowa -
Sully, IA 50251, USA
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B markerLynville, Iowa -
Lynnville, IA 50153, USA
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C markerOskaloosa, Iowa -
Oskaloosa, IA 52577, USA
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D markerNew Sharon, Iowa -
New Sharon, IA 50207, USA
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E markerTaintor, Iowa -
Taintor, IA 50207, USA
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1919 Photo of My Mother-in-law As a Baby with Her Mother.
1919 Photo of My Mother-in-law As a Baby with Her Mother. | Source

Early Cars Verses Horses and Buggies

Henry Ford engineered many of the early cars called Model T's and made them so affordable that many people who used to rely upon horses and buggies as their mode of transportation started choosing the "horseless carriages" to transport them from place to place.

However the roads were not like the highways of today. Often they would have been dirt paths (especially in the country or rural areas) and if it rained muddy ruts in the road made it hard for those cars to navigate.

Also the early cars did not have the horsepower of cars today.

Thus the hills became obstacles in which oftentimes the people would have to get out of the vehicle and help push it up the hill as in this true story of my husband's relative's wedding journey.

This was definitely a time of transition!

Great video of the Ford Model T's

By now you know that "Gettin' Hitched" was a slang expression for getting married.

Also getting the horses hitched up to carriages was commonplace back in the days of when this marriage of my husband's grandparents took place in 1918.

Hopefully this little story of their mishaps on their wedding journey will bring a smile to your face as it did ours when we recently rediscovered it.

More family photos including early automobiles

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The little one is my husband's mother as a youngster and her aunt.My husband's grandparent's and what would become his mother in later years.
The little one is my husband's mother as a youngster and her aunt.
The little one is my husband's mother as a youngster and her aunt. | Source
My husband's grandparent's and what would become his mother in later years.
My husband's grandparent's and what would become his mother in later years. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Franca,

      Personally I agree with you! Some people have turned it around to hoping for many expensive gifts, but the focus should be on the happiness and life ahead of the bride, groom and their families.

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      Franca 3 years ago

      The wedding is for the bride and groom ,guest are invited to share and honour your special day .not to set you for life with expensive gifts.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Scribenet,

      I think that many people spend too much time and money on a wedding ceremony instead of what is really important. $100 is a lot of money for a gift unless perhaps to a millionaire. That bride should count her blessings that people remembered her with such a gift. Whatever happened to the idea that it is the thought that counts? If she is that shallow a person, it doesn't bode well for her relationships much-less her marriage. Glad that you liked this old wedding journey story.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi torrilynn,

      So glad that you enjoyed the humor in this true story. Thanks for your comment and vote up. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      It is nice to know who the people are in these old family photos. It is a treasure indeed! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      So glad that you enjoyed this. I thought the story was really a cute one. Do you have any photos of your great-grandparents? Thanks for your vote and the share.

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The modern bride who was talked about yesterday on Yahoo for having a meltdown because she though $100 for a gift was too little should have to push the car up a muddy hill and then take all day to reach the place she is to be married to realize hey...this is what marriage is about...not some glam wedding she cannot afford! Love those stories of weddings past. LOL

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      Thanks for sharing this story with us. I found it funny and I really did enjoy it. Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      How wonderful that you have a handwritten story and such clear photos (and you know who most everyone in the photos are). What a treasure!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great story. Love reading your stories and looking at all your old family photos. I recieved my great-grandparents marriage record. It said they were married on the banks of the Little Wabash River. My aunts and mother thought that was so neat. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mommy Needs a Nap,

      Yes...those were the days when horses and buggies were perhaps a bit more reliable than those early Model T Fords...especially with road conditions. Look how far we have come! Glad that you enjoyed this funny story. Thanks for your comment.

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Lovely hub. I can just imagine that poor couple waiting on the horse and wagon to rescue their old car.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mazzy,

      Haha! This would have made a good plot for a silent movie. Thank heavens the horses were available to save the day, so to speak. So glad that you liked this true story. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi timcgaa70,

      This hand written story of that wedding journey way back in 1918 brought smiles to our faces. Even without knowing the parties involved, I thought that others might also enjoy it because of the history involved with those early cars and the way things used to be. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sgbrown,

      This is a sweet story, and yes, we are fortunate to have these old time photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Cars have certainly changed over the years! Haha! Fortunately most of them no longer need to be pushed or cranked to get them started. Glad that you enjoyed this hub and that it brought back memories of your Dad's 1929 car. As to Pinterest...I have not yet joined it. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

      I can see this story as a hilarious silent movie:) In those days, cars seemed like more trouble than they were worth - you'd probably get there faster on foot! You are lucky to have found that little slice of the past.

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      what a treasure you found! thank you for sharing your story and the video, very much enjoyed both. voted up and across

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful story. I wish I knew more about my families past. Your pictures are remarkable! Loved the story! Voting up and more!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      This is no Pin button on your Hub. Did you disable that? I did read and comment.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Peggy, this was such a fun read. You are SO lucky to have these precious photographs. The old car with the wooden spokes reminded me of my Dad's old 1929 Dodge that had wooden spokes. We always had to give it a push to get it started.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. will share, Pin and Tweet.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for the comment Bye Video.

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      Bye Video 5 years ago

      Eyewitness account of the front lines on November 11, 1918. ... After over four years of bloody conflict, the Great War was at an end. ... It was a very natural impulse after their years of war, but unfortunately many fell after eleven o'clock that day. ...

      Bye Video

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee,

      Sounds like you have delightful family stories of your own. Those early cars, while wonderful, were not always reliable and of course the roads were pretty rough and many were unpaved. This wedding journey tale of my husband's grandparents in 1918 was funny. The one of your aunt-by-marriage sounds equally delightful. Thanks for adding cute and additional information to this hub.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Peggy, I too have many old family photos, but can't really call them "collections" because I haven't gotten around (yet!) to grouping them by family line, time frame, etc. (I have, however, featured some in hubs here and on my blog, with the stories of each, which should count for something... lol!) That said, there are several photos of early automobiles, with whichever relative owned it standing next to or sitting in it, smiling from ear-to-ear. Since those particular relatives weren't wealthy by any means, being able to buy a CAR was a REALLY BIG DEAL. Big enough that whoever was around who owned a camera was automatically "volunteered" to commemorate the occasion. Knowing that owning a camera was also a rarity for the less than wealthy at the time makes these images all the more valuable to me and (hopefully) future generations.

      As for the hilarious wedding trip, an aunt-by-marriage used to tell the story of how her father nearly banned her from marrying my uncle when she came home sopping wet one night after having to help push Uncle's Model T in the rain. Just wouldn't do that her cotton summer dress was nearly transparent and therefore my uncle had seen more of his future bride than was prudent or socially acceptable at the time! ;D

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lamme,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this "Gettin' Hitched" hub. It is a fun one to share.

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      This was such a pleasure to read. The pictures were wonderful!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      He is pleased to see the results of this "Gettin' Hitched" hub and we intend to share it with other family members who should also like reading it. Such a cute story! Thanks.

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      loveroflife 7 years ago

      Beautiful story and great old pictures. Your husband must be very pleased to see his family's history presented this way.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello De Greek,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this "Gettin' Hitched" hub with the matching photos from my husband's family. I also found it fascinating and also fun. Thanks for the comment.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      It really is fascinating to look at photos of the past which have a specific history attached to them. Wonderful stuff. Thank you :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Am still working with many old photos and have so many ideas of future hubs using them. Glad that you liked this Gettin' Hitched hub. I thought that it was such a cute story. Happy that it was preserved all these many years. Thanks for the visit.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I love these old photos. They conjure up so much. Who were the people, how did they live, their experiences etc. Thanks for sharing this entertaining story

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello heymcs,

      So happy to have shared this Gettin' Hitched story with you and others. It is so cute and such a slice of life in the early days of Model T cars. Thanks for the comment.

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      heymcs 7 years ago from Utah and DC

      Oh my gosh - I absolutely adored "Gettin Hitched". The family photos are priceless (and in such good shape) and the wedding story made it all come alive. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Truth From Truth,

      Am currently working with more family photos right now assembling them in an album. Sadly, some of the people can no longer be identified as the ones that might have known have already died. But there are some other great and fun photos. Glad you liked this "Gettin' Hitched" hub. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      You are right. The Beverly Hillbillies would have definitely used terminology like Gettin' Hitched in that show. Ha! Haven't thought about that television show in a while.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for sharing your family's history and some incredible pictures, I have a relative that has a model A and I enjoy seeing it when I visit. Thanks.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have heard of hitching horses. However, being a city boy I never really made the connection. "Getting hitched has been commonly used in movies and television. Probably in shows like the beverly Hillbillies.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Yes...restoring old cars definitely takes a bite out of the family budget. We have never been so inclined to do that, but our former next door neighbor is constantly working on his Studebaker collection. And where do they vacation? Studebaker meets in various places. Fun to see those old cars.

      So you had never heard of hitching up horses? Doubt that anyone still uses the term of gettin' or getting hitched to mean getting married in this day and age. Was just having a little fun with that old fashioned terminology.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      I agree that my husband's grandmother was very pretty. She was as lovely inside as her beauty on the outside. She was already a widow when I first met her so I never got to meet my husband's grandfather. But stories and photos bring it alive. Happy to hear that you liked this.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      So happy to hear that you liked this Gettin' Hitched hub. It was such a delight to find the material for it and choose some appropriate photos to use in this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mike Lickteig,

      I agree with your assessment. I also felt like I was pushing that old tin lizzie up the hill. Ha! Glad you enjoyed this hub about Gettin' Hitched. Thanks for the comment. BTW...my husband's grandparents probably never used that terminology...I just thought that it was a catchy title.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy W

      The model T is pretty far back, but back in the 1950's it was quite popular to restore Model A's. Prior to retirement I used to work with a guy who had two old Fords but I can't remember if they were model T's or A's. Probably the later.I was rather stunned when he told me the cost of restoring old cars.

      I've heard the term getting hitched most of my life. However, I never associated it with hitching up horses.

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      Those are great photos; your husband's grandmother was very pretty.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You gave me a real tread with all these photos and your wonderful hub. Thank you.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      What a terrific story. These folks went through some rough moments trying to get to Oskaloosa (a wonderful name--there is an Oskaloosa in Kansas, as well). The writing in this wedding book was so vivid, I felt I was pushing the car up the hills with them.

      A nice story and better memento from times long gone. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Model T's...Model A's...all old and interesting as well as historic regarding many of the first cars on the roads replacing horse and buggies or just plain walking. You are always so faithful in commenting on my hubs and Gettin' Hitched is no exception. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello stars439,

      Yes these family photos are great to have and of course the stories handed down like this one of getting married make it even better. Thanks for the quick comment on this hub.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Love Model T's but Model A's are my favorite (of which there's a HUGE car club that meets here, yearly). Thank you for sharing another gem from your family album!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very beautiful family photographs to cherish. God Bless You.