The weather this year has been crazy. Our temperatures have dropped down into the 50's and it is raining for the third day in a row now. Things are supposed to clear up later today and the weatherman says we have a nice weekend ahead. I hope so!
I thought I'd share one more framing purchase with you; this one, however, is not needlework related. It is my grandmother's and grandfather's wedding certificate. My grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary in 1904. He came from a small village called Wallern; today it is located in Austria just across the border from Hungary. My grandmother immigrated to the U.S. in 1906. She crossed the ocean at the age of 16 all by herself! She came from another small village in Hungary called Tadten. This village is also now in Austria; just across the border from Hungary.
As best we can tell, the two of them met here in the U.S. Chances are though that the families might have known of each other in Hungary. They married in 1908 at St. Bernard's Church in St. Paul, MN. This elaborate marriage certificate is written in German (you should be able to click on it.)
My brothers and I grew up in the house that my grandparents built. Many years ago (I was still single and living at home) I found this certificate and a large portrait of my grandmother in the attic on the floor! Naturally I retrieved them and found a more suitable place for storage. I have kept them both and carefully stored them over the years.
I decided it was finally time to properly frame and preserve this marriage certificate. It still shows it's age and the heat/cold/water damage that it endured over time, but I like that about it. The framing manager helped me pick mats and a moulding that complemented the color and design of the certificate. Now it hangs in a place of honor in my home.
Here is a picture of the two of them on their wedding day, October 20, 1908. My grandmother was 18 years old and my grandfather was 26.
Well, that's enough family history for today. More to come though...