VII. Life on the
On Thursday, December 20, 1923, Wilmer E. Cornwell and I, and John
Duncan and Ada Shriver were married in a double wedding ceremony in the home of
the Ellington Presbyterian minister, Reverend R. O. Gibbons,
Early that morning Wilmer had come for me in his Ford Roadster. We traveled
over gravel roads through Bowen and Golden to Route 24, which was the first
hard road to
Wilmer's brother Elmer took us and John and
The next morning we continued on to
We returned to
On Christmas we drove back to my home in
Doing the household tasks by myself now was a different experience. Mother had done most of the cooking, while
I'll never forget the first dinner I prepared for Wilmer's family. The layer cake stuck in the pans, and the lemon pie filling didn't thicken as it should have. Furthermore, lemon wasn't their favorite kind of pie either!
On March 17th we attended the Firemen's Ball in Mendon. The trip to Mendon was difficult for then there was no hard road between Ursa and Mendon. The gravel road was so muddy, that it was almost impassable in spots, but we made it, and had a good time. Wilmer was a good dancer, and I was glad to have a chance to learn to waltz and two-step. Square dancing was more confusing.
Never have I lived in a house that was as cold as there was that winter on the Dayton Ranch. In the morning our breath had frozen on the comforter. And, in the kitchen water in the wash pan had turned to ice, as well as in the reservoir of my new blue enamel kitchen range. All day while in the kitchen I wore galoshes to keep my feet comfortable. We put up a line in the dining room to dry laundry by the heating stove.
In 1924 we bought our first radio. Wilmer spent many evenings listening to
programs as far away as
Soon after we were married I had my hair cut and received my first permanent, not the machineless kind, but with all the curlers attached to a machine.
On August 18, 1920, the women's suffrage amendment was ratified by Congress. As I was 21 years of age I could legally vote now, and did so for the first time in April, 1924.
On our first wedding anniversary we entertained John and Ada Duncan.
We celebrated, every year together at some time, at first in our homes, later at nearby restaurants.
Our daughter, Helen Virlee, was born on the evening of January 12th, 1925,
Even though the baby's birth was normal I wasn't permitted to sit up till the 9th day, or allowed to go home until the 14th day. As the lane to the house was muddy with melting snow, we walked across a field to the house. Wilmer hired Clara Henze to help me with my work for several weeks.