I went through a box recently and happened upon Fannie Woodruff and Frank Brodhead’s wedding announcement and honeymoon photo, as well as a list of wedding gifts they received and from whom, a wedding guest book, and a small leather-bound guest book that they used when they moved into their new house after their honeymoon. They were both 26 at the time. Speaking of Frank and Fannie, if you click on enough of the revolving blog headers above, you will come upon them on the right side of a photo taken some forty years later, standing next to their old neighbors, the Boles family.
Judging from the body language in the honeymoon photo, they may have hit a rough patch. But I guess back in those days, smiling was not common in photos. Photographers did not appreciate motion–the chance of a lip or an eyebrow being lowered or raised. The pair probably popped out of this faux carriage as soon as they were finished and had a laugh about how serious they must have looked during what was such a festive occasion in their young lives. At least, I hope so!
One thing that caught my eye about the newspaper announcement was “The groom’s father AD Brodhead [son of AJ Brodhead and Ophelia Easton] lives at Greenville, Pennsylvania.” Greenville is actually in western Pennsylvania close to the Ohio border. I had no idea that he had lived out that way, but it must have had to do with his work with the railroad. His brother Richard spent time out there, as I recall. It seems strange that the article did not mention Frank’s mother, Margaret Lewis Martin Brodhead. Was it common in those days to leave out a parent’s name? Meanwhile sister Bertha was Fannie’s maid of honor, and her sister Wealthy Mildred Woodruff was a bridesmaid. Her other three sisters, Jennie, Flora, and Celia, were not mentioned. I don’t recognize any of the other names there.
If you go to Google Streetview for the honeymooners’ new address of 732 Jersey Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ, you’ll see a pretty unremarkable looking street full of homes that look like they could have been there for 100 years. I wonder if the home they spent their first happiest years together in still stands?
Footnote: I checked real estate listings and, indeed, these homes were built in the early 1900s, one of these could well have been their then-new home!
Update: I later discovered that this was indeed the street address of Frank’s parents, A.D. & Margaret Brodhead. Perhaps the parents were living temporarily in Greenville and Frank and Fannie temporarily made their home at #732.