Saturday, July 9, 2016

Woo and hoo and a veiled cow, too; Young and old

A wedding at a library
Rochester WI   7-3-16

The marriage of Erin Dix and Ben Willard
happened here at the Rochester public library.
A fitting locus as they are both Lawrence University, Appleton WI workers -
Erin as Univ. Archivist, Ben as tech specialist.

The original building, a red brick school house
was established around the turn of the 19th century.
The facility outgrown and made into a library was enlarged in 1954.

Some Raccoon readers herald 1954,
 the year they graduated from Waukesha High School.

'Grandmaw' Means - Dee's mother -
took her first air trip ever from Maryland to get to a wedding
she did not want to miss.

Also a small contingent of other Pleasant Valley Marylanders -  Dee's sister Donna,
brother in law Jeff Geiman, Dee's brother John (hidden)
and Dee's niece Emily made the flight with Gramaw.

Dee,  Bob and Jane Willard talk in the library before the outdoor service.
It was a perfect day.

The wedding was officiated over by Ben's sister Hannah.

Dee delivers her piece

Bob Willard, Ben's father offered poems by a relative
not obtained by press-time.  They were poignant.

Dee hand-wrote and delivered this observance

Ben and Erin

Left unknown; right, Ben's Dad

Cousin Edwin, regional hobbyist historian and co-owner of the Ela orchard;
an unknown to us bachelor uncle we will get to know in future days.

Dee; her sister Donna Geiman; brother John Means Jr.; Gramaw Jeannie Means;  niece Emily Means

Zoe Middleton; co-ceremony officiant, Erin's brother Lee

The Wisconsin dairy cow aerial greeter at the desk
wears a wedding veil partially hiding her face.

These are the photos shot by the Raccoon photog on assignment.

For Ben's family and friends' so-far bulk accumulated pictures

go to:

Bear in mind, this advanced format is part of what Ben does.


Young and Old
by Charles Kingsley

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When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away;
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog his day.
When all the world is old, lad,
And all the trees are brown;
And all the sport is stale, lad,
And all the wheels run down;
Creep home, and take your place there,
The spent and maimed among:
God grant you find one face there,
You loved when all was young.

"Young and Old" by Charles Kingsley