My father’s family didn’t have a lot of money, so this wedding of Vivian’s must have been a great affair for them. I wish I could have been there but my father, Keith, was only 14 years old at the time. It was going to be another 16+ years before he met my mother and 7 years till my birth.
Again, there is another article in the Cheney Free Press dated July 4, 1924 about the marriage. Most of my family kept a low profile and so this is very amazing that this marriage was written up three times in the newspaper. Apparently the event was also a local happening.
Vivian’s is stated as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McDonald. Grace, Vivian’s mother had died in 1911, so this is either a tribute to her memory or a formality of the time. Vivian was 9 years old at the time of her mother’s death. She knew her mother quite well and probably felt her loss greatly. R.S. had been a widower for a good 13 years by the time of his oldest child’s and daughter’s wedding.
The wedding guests and wedding party gather. Left to right: Justine ? (maybe the friend of Vivian’s?). R.S. McDonald (father of the bridge), Leola Vivian (bride) are next. Behind Vivian peeking out is probably Rev. Lyon’s. Brother Gordon is way in the back with a thick head of hair. Next to Vivian on the right is Hilary McKanna (groom). Behind Hilary is an unknown girl. Nellie in the middle in the back. She is Vivian’s, aunt and sister to R.S. The man to the right of Hilary is unknown. Miriam (bridesmaid and sister) is next. Eddie (sister) is to the left behind Miriam. To Miriam’s right and behind her is another unknown girl and further to her right is an unknown woman. Sister Jean has her hand on the back of the unknown woman. Missing is brother Keith who is probably taking the picture? Everyone looks happy.
It is unclear to me if the wedding took place at the Catholic Church in Cheney or at the house you see in the following pictures. One of the articles states it was held at the home of the bride. Vivian was religious so I lean toward the church. There were about seven photographs with the date of 1924 written on them. I see the similarities in the clothing of all that leads me to believe these are related photographs.
This photograph has the date of June 24, 1924 on it. The wedding was on the 25th. Maybe these two photos presented below show them getting ready to get the license the day before the main event? Someone, in the background, is trying to keep the dog under control. My father, Keith, mentioned he had a dog when he was a kid that he name Tony. I wonder if that is Tony?
In the photograph that follows, we find R.S. (father of the bride) and Gordon (brother of the bride) looking very handsome in their suits. This photo looks like they are getting ready for some event or heading to the church?
This may be the wedding party.
I do not know who Guy is. It must have been written on the back of the photo. He does not look like the man in the group photo above.
Another view of the party and he appears again.
Miriam sent Vivian’s photograph scrapbook to Mickey (Robert) McKanna years ago and when I visited with Mickey he was kind to loan it to me. I made copies and scanned a great may of the photographs. I did return the scrapbook to Mickey. Mickey is the son of Philip and Kathleen McKanna. Philip is Hilary’s brother. I will post more on the McKanna’s in future posts.
Note: There is a very good blog that shares information about the McKanna family. http://willisgene.wordpress.com/ I also have it listed in my right side panel of this blog under Families History Websites of Interest.