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Amanuensis Monday: Our Engagement

Posted by on November 21, 2011

John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog started a genealogy meme of Amanuensis Monday in February 2009. He defines amanuensis as a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

My maternal grandmother, Ruby REINHARDT, who married Rueben HENNEKE, kept a bride book. On the “Our Engagement” page she wrote the following.

Our third date, October 16, 1940, Rueben and I went to Yorktown to the “Little World’s Fair.” Idell went with us to meet her parents. After taking in the sights on the fairgrounds, Rueben and I went out to the car to watch the fireworks. While waiting we started wishing we were in different places. Both agreed it would be fun to be at Nigaria (sic) Falls on a honeymoon. Then thought it interesting if it’d be our honeymoon. On the way home, we decided to put “allour eggs in one basket” and go together steady. Our engagement met the approval of our parents and was publicly announced, March 19, 1941.

She pasted the engagement annoucnement at the top of the page. It reads:

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Reinhardt, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Ruby Lee, to Mr. Rueben Henneke of Cuero, son of Mr. Alfred Henneke. The wedding is to take place in the early spring at the Rabke Methodist Church.




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