Today’s featured wedding is John Dayton Mix and Ethel Pauline Haynes on June 16, 1937.
This is the text of the news article about their wedding.
SHINGLEHOUSE — A quiet wedding took place at the United Brethren parsonage in Millport, Wednesday evening when Miss Ethel Pauline Haynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Haynes of Shinglehouse, became the bride of John Dayton Mix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Mix of Millport. The Rev. C.B. Anderson performed the ceremony.
The attendants were Gordon Mix, brother of the groom, and Miss Viloa Morehouse of Shinglehouse.
The bride was attired in white lace and wore a corsage of yellow roses and gypsophilia. Miss Morehouse wore pink taffeta and a bouquet of pink roses and gypsophila.
Others present at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Haynes, Mrs. Dayton Mix and Miss Lou Mix.
Mrs. Mix was a graduate of the Shinglehouse High School, class of 1936. The couple will reside at the Eleven Mile, where the groom is employed.
I sat down with pad and paper back in 1992 with Grandpa and Grandma and asked about their wedding. This is the essence of that conversation that day.
(GPA=Grandpa; GMA=Grandma; D=Me; Neil=Ethel’s brother; Roena=Neil’s wife; Pete=John’s brother)
D: (I asked why they got married so late in the evening. Almost 9:30 p.m.)
GPA: “We worked at whatever we were supposed to be doing all day until 5:00.”
GMA: “I was in Myrtle in my white dress waiting for John to come, thinking about why he could possibly be late.”
GPA: “I was coming from Eleven Mile where I was working.”
GMA: “I was kind of mad at him, but my mother got him something to eat. It’s probably not the only time I’ve been mad at him in the last 55 years.”
GMA: “He had had three flat tires on his way down (from Millport to Myrtle, a distance of about 10 miles). It was during the depression, so he had no spares… he had to to patch the tires.”
GMA: (Ethel’s brother and his wife) “Neil and Roena were at Myrtle.”
GMA: Neil said “You take my car and go get married. I’ll fix the tires and you can change later.”
GMA: “Then they had a reception for us at their house. Just ice cream and cake.”
GPA: “Pete took us for a ride afterwards… Bells Run to Shaytown to Sunnyside.”
GMA: (regarding Grandpa’s reactions when he ended up with the flat tires.) “He probably got all the swearing out of his system then. He’s never sworn much since.”
GPA: “I didn’t blow up. I knew what I had to do.”
D: Grandpa and Grandma explained how they simply went back to Grandpa and Grandma Haynes’ home (Ethel’s parents: Earl and Vivien). The next day the newlyweds moved up to the Eleven Mile (heading north out of town out of Millport). They laughed as they remembered they had no electricity and no natural gas for their cookstove.
D: (After that, I asked them how they met. They shared how they had both ended up at a neighborhood square dance.)
GMA: “There used to be an old schoolhouse up Sunnyside that wasn’t being used. All the neighbors got music together and they square danced. There was this one time in June when my mother and I went to the dance. I danced with [John] two or three times.”
GMA: “Then there was the Fourth of July Carnival. I wanted to go on the Merry-Go-Round. He was there waiting for me. He asked if I wanted to walk around. Then he asked me for a date. Another dance I guess. The next year we married.”
D: (So I asked them about the day he asked her to marry him.)
GMA: “It was an afternoon in October. He took me to Rock City Park. We sat down on a great big stone and he asked me when I was going to marry him. At first, I didn’t answer. I told him to ask me next Spring. It was only October and I hadn’t been going with him long enough.”
(They talked about how they did go hand in hand to a jewelry store to look around at the kinds of rings they had.)
GMA: Then at Christmas, he did give me a diamond ring. But he hadn’t asked my dad and mother if he could give it to me.”
GPA: “I never did ask him if I could. I asked him if he wanted to see what I got her. He (Earl) said I always suited him.”
(D: I asked if Grandma ever did say ‘yes.’)
GMA: “I took his ring, so I suppose that was the answer.”
John died in 1994 and Ethel died this summer, 2012.