Viruses, when new or unchecked by medicine, have a way of wrecking havoc as we all now so vividly know. For most of us alive, though — our current situation was somewhat beyond imagination. Not to the generation of Americans who lived through the “Spanish Flu” (a misnomer — it didn’t start in Spain) — of 1918-1920. Millions and millions died, and – quite differently from our current COVID19 — the young were particularly affected.
So perhaps it was with gratitude for their livelihood, that Bert Greiner accepted the hand of Walter Jordan on their wedding day photographed here in 1920. We think “roaring 20’s” with regard to style — and you can already see that elegance and glamour in the young couple here.
The Indiana Marriage Index in Ancestry gives us the exact date of June 9, 1920 — a Wednesday, curiously.
Bert was 24 years old, while Walter was 28. He was a “saw smith” working in a saw factory at the time (according to 1920 census). Unfortunately he would die in 1930 at age 38 from pneumonia.
Their home at the time of his death was 702 N Gladstone Ave in Indianapolis which one database indicates was built in 1920 — same year of their marriage — perhaps making this the main home they resided in for their marriage.
Here’s the original black and white; the featured photo was colorized with MyHeritage’s system. This is a copy of the original, so perhaps I’ll eventually come across an original with even better quality.
- Did Bertha talk much about Walter and what he was like?
- Did she ever talk about the hardship of losing him at a young age?