February is for Lovers…and that Includes Our Parents

Just two days ago, on the one year anniversary of my blogpost “Hope, Love, Peace, and Tomorrow” I updated it.  The original post began with:

“and they lived happily ever after.”

“February is the month for lovers and hopeless romantics who like me believe in love at first sight, true and everlasting love, and fairy tale stories–all ending with; “and they lived happily ever after”.  My update in this reblog dated February 8, 2016, included comments and pictures about my parents’ 70th anniversary get together that we held just the day before.  And theirs is truly a love story about as close to one as one can get that embodies the phrase “and they lived happily ever after.”

A request from our son-in-law at the gathering

led me down a path that I thought I had been down before, but I soon learned that I hadn’t entirely covered it.  You see, Brian asked me for archival pictures of my parents going back as far as I could so he could create a special gift video for them. Brian was hoping that the family had pictures of their wedding, their guests, their outfits, and any of the standard elements of a wedding taking place today.

For those of you who don’t know Brian or his expertise, he founded Crow Entertainment in 2000, and quickly became Southern Maryland’s renowned premiere DJ and full-time entertainment service company that produces events on the East Coast and Beyond. When he asked for the pix and information, Brian knew little about my parents’ story. So I trekked back to mom and dad’s home of nearly 60 years, did some day after party clean up, and borrowed once again our family’s photo album that starts with pictures from their dating days in the early 1940’s. (They met at ages 14 (my dad) and 15 (my mom) and seldom have left each other’s sides since.)

And now I’m digitizing and organizing a lifetime of photos… 

One would think that being no novice to digitizing and organizing family history, genealogical records, family documents and photos, and adeptly using photo editing applications that this task would be an easy one for me.  Easy–maybe–but, time consuming–you betcha!  When you don’t own a professional photo scanning device that allows multiple pictures to be fed through the device and captured in a matter of minutes, I believe that I’m looking at least a week’s worth of scanning and editing–the organizing is a flash for me–and speaking of flash–I would suggest that anyone who has photos saved on their hard drives invest in a flash drive or DVD to archive them.  I had most of these pictures digitized years ago, and last year my computer crashed and I lost nearly all of  them.  Fortunately for me, I had saved some to the cloud, and some appeared within my blog posts.  But, I stray from my task and story at hand…

Now, I’m in the midst of scanning and editing photos and I come across 

Wedding Day - 117 C Street S.E.

Wedding Day – 117 C Street S.E.

this one picture that I’ve seen before but never really studied.  I noticed how very young my parents looked in this picture and believed they were sitting on steps of a row house in Washington, DC.  So, I picked up the phone and called dad.  He knew immediately the picture I was referring to.  And, lo’ and behold, where I thought no pictures had been taken on their wedding day, this one was the one and only!  And, I asked him who took the picture and found out that his best friend, Harold Vincent “Buster” Morgan’s mother, Mary Morgan, had stood up as a witness at their ceremony in Ellicott City, MD, along with my grandfather, Jesse Burton Boling.  I mentioned to you in my updated post of February 8, 2016, that my mother’s parents weren’t up for her marrying and therefore my parents eloped.

Then, for a small pittance of just $2.00, and no waiting, they were wed by a Justice of the Peace…

Howard County Court House Ellicott City MDin the historic (1843) Circuit Court Building for Howard County, MD, at 8360 Court Avenue, Ellicott City. Still in operation today with an addition built in 1971.

The wedding dinner wasn’t much…

Map-117 C St SE to 655 PA Ave SEbut it was a favorite of my parents.  Just about half a mile (according to today’s Google map) from my dad’s home at 117 C Street S.E., was the Little Tavern Restaurant (#20, in fact, of about 50 in the area, founded in 1927).  This franchise was built and opened in 1937 and the architecture already had changed from a stone castle top to a chalet roof. Little Tavern - 655 PA Ave - August 2014The picture to the right is of the Little Tavern building my parents visited on their wedding day where they bought hamburgers “sliders”, for 5 cents each. The photo below was taken in 2010.  The building then housed the Lil’ Pub and the Little Taverns had all but disappeared. The Lil’ Pub had occupied the building since at least the 1990s. It closed in 2014, and the CVS drug store next door now owns the building and uses it for storage.

In fact, in a message posted on August 20, 2015, Robert Gibson Corder, Ph.D. was still praising Little Tavern’s hamburgers:

My aunt, Julia Frances Corder, used to work at a Little Tavern in 1944-45. It was located at 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. One night, my uncle, Edward Humphries Corder, and me drove a combined distance of approximately 150 miles (from my home in Amissville, VA to that Little Tavern and back) just to get hamburgers and coffee !! That was back in the early 1950s. I would love to find a photo of that Little Tavern to place in my autobiography . Ahhh… the memories!!”


Postscript November 28, 2017:  Little Tavern Hamburgers located in Laurel, MD:  here’s an image from their current Facebook page:Little Tavern Laurel MD

And now, 70+ years together…

Mom and Dad -2-7-2016
several of us family members visit our family’s matriarch and patriarch in their home during the course of a week to check on them and bring lunch and/or dinners–including one of their favorites, which when we go shopping, we are sure to keep on hand–White Castle burgers (1921)–accredited with being America’s regional fast food hamburger restaurant chain located in the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic United States and competitor to the Little Taverns.   And, as for my dad being of Italian descent as my maternal grandparents assumed–,he is of ancient aristocratic British and French descent. But that doesn’t stop Dad’s very favorite meal from being a green salad loaded with cucumbers and raw onions, topped with Italian dressing accompanied by Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian sausages, green peppers, and onions.  And for dessert and nightly snacks–mostly ice cream–or anything chocolate.  This our parents love story and we love them for it.  And quite, “Frankly,” I feel like I’ve been with them from the very beginning of their relationship! (And look at their recent picture and how Dad still smiles at mom today.)


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