June 3, 1945

A photo from my grandparents’ — Raymond ‘Ray’ Hill and Marilyn Hay — wedding at the family homestead near Lake Preston, South Dakota. (front row: Geneva Estella Darling Hay, Azalea Hay Davis | back row: Everett Hay, Raymond ‘Ray’ Hill, Marilyn Hay Hill, Grace Leek Hay, Grace Hay Stucke

This is a photo I’ve never seen before. I wonder what other gems are lurking out there long forgotten in someone’s attic that I’ve never seen and don’t know about. It’s a photo taken on my grandparents’ wedding day.

According to what my mother wrote on Facebook, starting with the back row, left to right, pictured are Betty — a good friend of my grandmother and the maid of honor at the wedding, her older brother Everett — who just celebrated his 100th birthday, the bride and groom — my grandparents, Ray and Marilyn, Everett’s wife Grace, and the youngest sibling of the five also named Grace. In the front row are my great grandmother, Geneva Estella Darling Hay, Marilyn’s older sister Azalea — known to some as Kay, and the pianist from the Lake Preston Methodist Church.

Apparently the wedding took place at the family farm just south of town, what their father George named Fair Haven Farm. The oldest sibling of them all, Lois, was pregnant at the time and didn’t attend.

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