Thumb Wedding - Some Stars Are Still Around
July & August,
Historical and Genealogical Society meeting at the museum
on June 29, 2006 not only brought back memories of the 1940's,
but the smell of buttered pop corn and talk of two reelers
at the Jonquil Theater.
were Capatola Flour tokens which could be used to get in the
movies, print dresses, blouses,
shirts and curtains made from flour and feed sacks and slower
the most memorable part of the meeting was watching the old
8 mm movie (which has beenconverted to video) with appropriate
music added) of the wedding. Unfortunately none of the participants
in the wedding, which was held on Friday, October 23, 1942,
were in attendance at this latest showing.
were many ohoos, awhas and laughs as the little people acted
out their roles as any adult would in such an elaborate real
Charles Switzer, the groom, was not present for this latest
showing, he had related his regrets and passed along the word
that he and his family had not been in the community long
when the Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 77, presented the mock
wedding. He said the only way they could get him to participate
was that he was promised a military uniform just like real
soldiers wore. The leader of Troop 77 at the time was Mrs.
G. C. Beard and the Assistant leader was Miss Hazel Parris.
in the wedding were:
Ushers: Willard Exley, Herbert Eubanks
Musicians: Dorothy Eiseman, Carolyn Banks, Florence
Guests: Patsy Stowe, Virginia Switzer, Farris Delay,
L:aura Eberhart, Carlton Farris, Virginia Switzer, Betty Jo
Hendricks, Mary Lou Lanson
Groom's Mother: Geneva Cook
Groom's Father: Dan Adams
Bride's Mother: Patsy Ann McManus
Minister: John Hendricks
Bridesmaids: Gloria Brewer, Louise Kelly
Groomsmen: O. B.Garrison, Jimmy Moss
Junior Bridesmaids: Shirley Vawter, Betty Driver.
Maid of Honor: Jean Driver.
Ring Bearer: Lewis Ray Jr.
Groom: Charles Switzer
Flower Girls: Pat Brinkley, Peggy Driver.
Bride: Gennie Vee Valentine
Bride's Father: Raymond Dempsey
Train Bearer: Janella Sammons
50 years later, on October 22, 1992 a large group of the original
participants gathered at the Log Cabin Church to view the
original film with it's flickering light and sound of the
film traveling through the gears and guides.
the showing of the Wedding video you could smell and hear
corn popping in the microwave oven that had been imported
just for the occasion of the meeting. This was the first time
refreshments were served during the meeting. Norma McHann
did all the "poppin" and serving and passing out
the soft drinks.
to the program, however, the official business of the Smyrna
Historical Society was conducted. Harold Smith called the
meeting to order at 7:35 and after the welcome and pledge
to the flag, Smith called attention to theMarket Village.
to authorize up to $1000.on computer equipment for this purpose
was made, seconded, and approved.
made a report on the ongoing Smyrna Street Photo project to
photograph all the structures on Smyrna's streets which are
in danger of being demolished for construction of new housing.
Museum Volunteer Paul Ostborg, and Cobb Shutterbug Club members
Hazel Richardson and James Crawford are assisting with the
photography. We appreciate very much the work these people
Those in attendance for the meeting were: Don and Patricia
Cheek, Mary Annie Johnson, Melvin Holleman, Ken and Jeane
Travis, Dot Bacon, Peggy Lattanzi, Arnold and Mary Hamby,
Frank and Shirley McDaniel, Ruth and Barney Barnett, Emmett
and Jane Yancey, Joe Farquhar, Serena Haney, Joe Bland, Paul
Ostborg, Norma McHann and Harold Smith.