63 years ago

My parents brough home “The Quill” — LaHarpe, Hancock County, Illinois, April 3, 1941 — the newspaper which has a wedding announcement for my maternal grandparents — from a recent family gathering:

Andrew Crum and Miss Nelly Smith are wed Tuesday

The courtship of Miss Nelly D. Smith and Andrew J. Crum, popular young LaHarpe couple, culminated in marriage in Virginia, Ill., at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1941, with a picturesque ceremony performed by Rev. Hoyle, formerly a Dallas City minister. Accompanying the principals to Virginia for the service were James Rice, of Disco, and Miss Priscilla Frye, now of Beatrice, Neb., who stood with them before an improvised alter for the pronouncement of the vows.

Miss Frye is a former nursing colleague of Mrs. Crum, having worked with her a few years ago on the staff of the Mary Davier hospital here (LaHarpe).

Mrs. Crum was attractive in a dark blue suit with accessories to match, while the bridegroom appeared for the ceremony dressed in a light blue suit.

The young couple is situated now at their comfortable, remodeled farm home, furnished to their tastes, just two and one half miles west and one half mile north of Disco, where they will receive the congratulations of their friends.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Smith, the bride was graduated from LaHarpe High School with the class of 1933. She studied professional nursing shortly afterwards at Graham Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, and three years ago joined the nursing staff at LaHarpe Hospital. About a year ago, however, she was given a surgical nurses’ assignment at Schmitt Memorial Hospital in Beardstown, a position she held at the time of her wedding.

Mr. Crum is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Crum of Disco and likewise a LaHarpe High School graduate, but with the class of 1932.

He assumed an active roll in athletics as well as scholastic work during his studentship and has been engaged in farming since the completion of his education.

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