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(The mysterious land of really, really old photos)

The Wedding Section

Shocked Groom Number One:

The Reinamans

These are my great-grandparents on my mother's side.  Birnie A. Reinaman at the left looks rather frightened while his bride Laura Hawn looks rather stylish in her puffed sleeves.  Birnie could only speak Pennsylvania Dutch (a very low form of German) when the two met so Laura taught him English.

Shocked Groom Number Two:

The Haversticks

My paternal great-grandparents, Solomon John and Mandilla Haverstick look about as happy to get their picture taken as I usually do.  Solemn looking Solomon John laid the stones to St. Paul's U.C.C., which is shown on the New Oxford Page.



Remember how I told you to remember those two dejected kids from the Kiddie Page?  Here they are again -but slightly better behaved.  From left to right we have Edgar (who's looking a lot like actor Jimmy Stewart), Rufus, Patrica, and Edgar's wife Helen.

Haverstick Wedding

Shocked Groom Number Three:

Rufus and Patrica My Grandfather Rufus Haverstick obviously does not look thrilled in this picture.  Is he just another "Shocked Groom" or was he exposed to too many flashbulbs that day?

Shocked Grooms just are not what they used to be:

Perhaps we have the photo technology of the later half of the 20th century to thank for this but neither of my parents (John and Laraine Haverstick) looks shocked, scared or overexposed in their wedding picture.


Tony never looks shocked (unless I tell him a bad joke). I should've looked shocked in this picture... I had just drug my million mile long train through a bunch of muddy woodchips.

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