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So, this is Dad and Mom. Ray is the son of Conrad Herrmann and Kate Bundock. He is the step-son of Edith Armstrong and Wally Hewitt. ...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ray and Ether Herrmann 64th Anniversary of An Anniversary

Tomorrow marks the 64th anniversary of my parents first marriage. First? Yes, first.
They met through Mom's cousin, Kjell, who was friends with Dad.
When they decided to marry, they drove to Yuma, Arizona (from San Diego), along with Aunt Millie and Uncle Ivan, Mom's brother and sister-in-law.
At Byrd's Cottage Wedding Chapel on First Street, they were married, in the presence of Aunt Millie and Uncle Ivan, by Ersel C. Byrd, Justice of the Peace.
There was one slight problem though. Years later, Dad was reading the paper and came across an article about Mr. Byrd. He wasn't a legal JoP. All the marriages he had performed through the years were illegal. Fortunately, because he had performed thousands of marriages, the State of Arizona declared all marriages performed by him as legal. Whew!
2nd Marriage
But that's not the reason they had a first marriage. 
There were a couple of rocky patches in the marriage, one resulting in a divorce in the 80s. Even though they got back together before the divorce was finalized, it still passed through the County Clerk filing. Thus, the second marriage on the 6th of April, 1985 in Pine Valley, CA. 
So, they were married, then they weren't, then they were, then they weren't, then they were.
Only in our family.
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.