Jones-Hare Wedding: Looking Into Old Newspapers
ASHS Column for 08 17 06
Jerry Simmons

     First off, please allow me to thank all those who've sent prayers in my behalf and good wishes for both Dianne and me over the last few weeks. I must report that, while not being one of my most favorite things to look forward to, the pounding and gluing of artificial knee parts into my shin and thigh bones, really isn't as bad as I've tried to make like it is.
     I had a couple of minor delays like a fever, sugar level
shooting sky high, the worst double “charliehorse” anyone
could ever have, and a couple of other personal and private
problems, that made a 3-4 day hospital stay into almost
twice as long. The fact the pain medicine made me sit up in
bed giving speeches (according to my esteemed spouse),
made me a bit leery of giving advice or even writing this
     So, if you notice anything very unusual about the syntax
or meaning of what's written here, give me the benefit of the
doubt, please. Maybe I am making preparation for the
political season coming up?
     Anyway, I've been home a bit over two weeks, and with the home therapy and the personalized nursing from a dutiful and loving lady, I hope to be running races with my grandchildren soon!
Margaret Collier was gracious to write the last two columns and permit me to take a rest. I am blessed to have such a writing partner as she is.
Over the last few months the local newspapers on microfilm at the Thomas E. McMillan Museum and Alabama Room at Jeff Davis Community College have proven to be a Mother Lode of information. It's too bad that everything that attracts my attention can't always be passed on to you folks. I have to draw the line somewhere, ya know.
One item of interest to many in the Flomaton-Century area may be this wedding announcement from the Flomaton News, not quite 76 years ago on August 22, 1930:
   "Many Flomatians [Ed. - Is that a real word?] have received in­vitations to the Hare-Jones wedding which will be an event of September 6 at Century, Fla.
"Many courtesies have been planned for Miss Jones since this announce­ment. Among them, a bridge party given by Miss Mattie Sawyer at the Gideons' Hotel in Frisco City Satur­day night was much enjoyed. A shower with Mrs. Blackburn and Miss Maud McMillan [as] hostesses in Frisco City Tuesday afternoon, and Friday night Mrs. J. E. Lovette and Miss Mildred McDowell will honor her with a unique Gypsy party at Century. Tuesday, Miss Dorothy Born of Pen­sacola will entertain at bridge. Wed­nesday Miss Kathleen and Miss Julia Tuberville will be hostesses at a lovely party. Numerous other affairs have been planned for this charming young bride-elect.""BRIDE-ELECT HONORED WITH LUNCHEON"
"Charming among the affairs that have been planned for Miss Elsie Jones of Century, whose marriage to Mr. John Luten Hare, is an approaching event of interest, was a bridge luncheon extended her Tues­day morning with Mrs. Thurston Shell and Miss Mildred Finch, hostes­ses.
 'The home of Miss Finch, where this lovely courtesy was given, was taste­fully decorated with cut flowers. Bridge was enjoyed at three tables.
 'High score prize, a lovely chiffon handkerchief, was awarded the honoree, and she was presented with a handsome piece of lingerie by her hostess.
 'Those who enjoyed this affair with the honoree were: Miss Kathleen Tuberville, Miss Edith Parker, Miss Ethel Jones, Miss Mildred McDowell, Miss Ida Belle Tuberville, Miss Eva Melton of Lexington, Miss; Miss Margaret Alexander, of Hattiesburg, Miss., Mrs. John Collins, of Pensacola, Miss Dorothy Born, of Pensacola, Miss Willie Lee Hall and Mrs. J. E. Lovette. ' 
Anyone not familiar with Elsie Jones and Johnny Hare has only to understand that their lives, particularly Miss Elsie's, were representative of a refined, genteel era which has all but completely disappeared.
The meeting last Tuesday with Kelly Reynolds of the Florida Humanities Council and his portrayal of Henry Plant, the tycoon from that “other” State of Florida, has come and gone. I can only trust the meeting was a success and all who attended were pleased. Since I write this column a week before it's published, there's no way I can know for sure whether our effort to bring a new type of “culture” to the backwoods of Northwest Florida, an area largely ignored by the rest of the state, was well received.
    An extraordinary event, to be sure, we may be encouraged to participate more often in this sort of venue. We do hope you enjoyed it and will join us in the future for our regular meeting, which may be more down-to earth, but informative, educational, and very useful in understanding our role in the history of our home!

  Ya'll come!

Century Grammar School c. 1928. Third from left, front row, Maizie Lowrey. Recognize any others?
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