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.
I’ve been looking at my maternal grandmother’s (Ruby REINHARDT) Bride’s Book. I’ve talked about my grandparents’ first meeting, their engagement, memorable events here and here, the shower, the Hope Chest and Trousseau, the Wedding (including bridesmaids & guests), and some photos and things saved by Grandma previously. Here’s their wedding trip.
We were married at the Rabke church by Rev. Keen of Yorktown, at 7:15 o’clock on Saturday night, April 5th, 1941. After the ceremony, we received congradulations [sic] and best wishes from friends and relatives on the outside, also a shower of rice.
We then went back to the house for supper [aka, dinner, the evening meal; historically, inner and supper – the light meal such as soup or suppe – used to both be served; my family has one evening meal, supper, which we call supper, unless we get all wild and crazy and call it dinner]. Of course, we were nervous and excited, but managed to talk nonsense, tell jokes, and eat a little. After supper Idell [Mueller Hahn] and I were alone in the bedroom, when Rueben came in and asked if I was ready to leave. Idell suggests we slip off, so when Herman [Hahn] comes in, we tell him to close the door. Rueben and I slip out the front way, while Idell and Herman try to keep the rest of the guests from suspecting what we are up too [sic]. We manage to
get away before anyone plays jokes on us. We waited at the end of the lane for Idell and Herman who came back to Cuero with us. We stopped at the Lower Inn for something to drink. There we leave Idell and Herman. We stayed in a cottage in ___. Although everything was new and strange to us, it was fun. Neither one of us slept much that night, but how happy we were, to know that we belonged to each other in the right way. We came back to Cuero Sunday morning and had breakfast at the Cuero Cafe at 9:30. We saw Uncle Ervin [Rabke?], Idell, and Herman before we went out to mother’s [Helen Anna Rabke Reinhardt] for the night. Monday morning we brought in the most important household utensils and that afternoon we moved into the Stell [Steel?] apartment.
(I started keeping house for my husband on April 8th, 1941, and I have never for one moment regretted my decision to marry him. No one could be kinder, sweeter, and more lovable than the man I married. I love him more than the night I took my vows and my prayer is – to keep him happy, to be a good wife, and keep him in love with me.
Next week…their honeymoon.