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A Very Special Day

05 June 1948- Wedding picture of Edward A. McMurray and Mary T. Helbling
05 June 1948- Wedding picture of Edward A. McMurray and Mary T. Helbling

McMurray Family,  Helbling Family, Cooper Family, Broida Family, (Click for Family Trees)

Today is a very special day in our family- there will be a wedding!

Young brides and grooms think that their wedding is a celebration of their love, and it definitely is that. It is their most special day, to long be remembered by themselves and all the loving family and friends who share the joyful event.

But…

♥ Every wedding is a reaffirmation of love and how it endures through the years.

♥ Every wedding is the start of something- a new chapter in the book of life, in which one builds a career, maybe a business, a set of new relationships, and (hopefully) a lifetime of love and support.

And…

♥ Every wedding is a reinforcement of the new family as a small unit within a much larger set of families.

So it is also a time to think about all those marriages that came before and helped to make us who we are, with our random inheritance of DNA.

Today, let us take a bit of a walk through the past, remembering the marriages of our ancestors and the happiness they must have felt on their own special day, or that of their children. Joy fills our hearts as we think of the life these couples built together, and the legacy they have left us.

Abraham Green and Rose Braef/Brave- Wedding Picture? About 1884.
Abraham Green and Rose Braef/Brave- Wedding Picture? About 1884.

The above is the oldest wedding picture we have.

Wedding Photo of Joseph and Helen Cooper
Wedding Photo of Joseph and Helen Cooper, about 1901.

Cooper was Helen’s maiden name- they were second cousins- so that made things easy name-wise.

Some folks eloped so we have no actual wedding picture of them:

1974_02_40th Wedding Anniversary of Gertrude Belle (Broida) Cooper and Irving Israel Cooper.
1974_02_40th Wedding Anniversary of Gertrude Belle (Broida) Cooper and Irving Israel Cooper.

Sure seems like there would be wedding pictures somewhere within the Payne-McMurray family, but don’t have any for this couple either:

Wedding announcement for Lynette Payne-William McMurray wedding in The Oakland Tribune, 22 June 1899.
Wedding announcement for Lynette Payne-William Elmer McMurray wedding in The Oakland Tribune, 22 June 1899.

Lynette was just nineteen, and had been living with her maternal uncle, Court K. Burnell, after she moved from California to Iowa. C.K. travelled quite a lot, and that may be why A. S. Burnell gave permission for Lynette’s marriage.

Marriage license of Will and Lynette Payne, 6 June 1899.
Marriage license of Will and Lynette Payne, 6 June 1899, Newton, Jasper, Iowa.

A.S. Burnell was most likely another maternal uncle, Arthur Strong Burnell, who was living in Newton, Jasper, Iowa, in the 1900 US Federal Census. Both uncles had daughters around Lynette’s age (and C.K. also had sons) so Lynette had quite a bit of family in Newton, where she and Will McMurray spent the rest of their lives.

1960s? Will and Lynette (Payne) McMurray in Iowa.
1960s? Will and Lynette (Payne) McMurray in Iowa.

These were all long marriages.

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Today’s wedding ceremony fills our hearts to bursting, and it surely will overflow into tears- but they will be (mostly) happy tears.  Today, it is our child- a product of our love- who marries, and who continues the legacy of love through time.

Oh, Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!!

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Family treasure chest of photos.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Irving I. Cooper’s Bookplate

Bookplate of Irving Cooper, circa 1950s?
Bookplate of Irving Cooper, circa 1950s?

Cooper Family, Broida Family (Click for Family Tree)

 

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Irving Israel Cooper (1908-1982) was the son of Joseph Baer Cooper (1873-1955) and Helen Freda Cooper (1878-1934). He married Gertrude Belle Broida (1911-2011).

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Gertrude Belle Broida, the Dancer

Gertrude Belle Broida (later Cooper), about age 3, circa 1914.
Gertrude Belle Broida, about age 3, circa 1914.

Broida Family (Click for Family Tree)

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Gertrude Belle Broida, later Cooper, loved to dance. Apparently it started early on, as we see in this sweet photo. Her love for dancing continued, especially with her husband Irving Israel Cooper, as when they took their many cruises through the years.
  2. Image from family treasure chest of photos.

 

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Mystery Monday- I. Rogow, Bernard Rogow, Eva (Krieger) Rogow of Pennsylvania

A group of Broidas, photo taken in Pittsburgh about 1929-1930.Front row seated. First three ladies were probably Rogow family. (not of the  John Broida tree.) Fourth person unknown. Fifth person is Aunt Lil (Bildhauer) Broida, wife of Louis Broida, Sixth - Aunt (Mumi) Feige - wife to John Broida's brother-unknown which brother, as no record of that name. Seventh - Lucy - David Broida's wife.   Back rwo: Standing - First person - unidentified, Second person, Gertrude Cooper, Third person, Bessie Broida, Fannie Broida (Joseph Broida's wife), Fourth and Fifth person unidentified. (The fourth and fifth person were not from the John Broida family.)
A group of Broidas, photo taken in Pittsburgh about 1929-1930. Front row seated: First three ladies were probably Rogow family (not of the John Broida tree). Fourth person unknown. Fifth person is Aunt Lil (Bildhauer) Broida, wife of Louis Broida. Sixth – Aunt (Mumi) Feige – wife to John Broida’s brother-unknown which brother, as no record of that female name. Seventh – Lucy M. (Shatzke) Broida, (Theodore) David Broida’s wife.
Back row: Standing – First person – unidentified. Second person- Gertrude (Broida) Cooper, Third person, Bessie (Green) Broida, Gertrude’s mother. Fourth person- Fannie (Glick) Broida, Joseph Broida’s wife. Fifth and sixth persons unidentified- not from the John Broida family.

 

One of our readers, and an excellent Broida researcher, asks a question about who the Rogow family is, and how they are related to the Broidas we are researching. Following is an engagement announcement he found in the 27 Jun 1924 issue of The Jewish Criterion from Pittsburgh, PA:

Krieger—Rogow

Mrs. Goldie Krieger, of Shermaiv Avenue, North Side, announces the engagement of her daughter, Eva, to I. Rogow, of New Kensington,Pa.

 

Also, the 30 Sep 1927 issue of The Jewish Criterion states that they have a son named Bernard.

 

Anyone know more about this family and their connection to the Broidas?

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Family oral history.

2) A special thanks to Jim Whitener for his conversations with Gertrude (Broida) Cooper asking her to identify many of these old photos, and for writing it down and sharing.

 

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Five Family Photos for Friday- A Green Family Photo Album

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series A Green Family Photo Album
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 1
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 1. Rose Brave Green  is the woman in the upper right, and younger woman at the bottom left is Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida.

 

A Green Family Photo Album- Page 2
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 2
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 3. Gertrude Broida is sitting in the front, and her mother, Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida, may be the woman in the back.
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 3. Gertrude Broida is sitting in the front of the picture on the right, and her mother, Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida, may be the woman in the back.
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 5. Woman at bottom left may be the mother of Abraham Green.
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 5. Woman at bottom left may be the mother of Abraham Green.

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Photo album owned by the author.

2) Family oral history plus comparison to known family photos.

 

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