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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Great uncle Bert Wilson and Marie Harding are a fashionable tourist couple at the Pike in front of the bath house in Long Beach. They look serious or annoyed which is a mystery to me since I know they loved to travel. A few years ago going thru my mom's pictures I saw and recognized where they are - just 500 yards or so from where I live! I didn't realize they married here. What's up w/my Midwest mom who doesn't connect the fact her kid has lived in LB, CA for 15 years and her/my favorite uncle married here? None of my other older relatives are alive...oh well, just watch the movie Nebraska for more insight to my mom. Love her so much by the way but....

    Bert and Marie traveled from Iowa to California and got married according to the notice card Feb. 12, 1927. MAYBE...this postcard beach scene is one they purchased? And - there they are in 1976.

    My uncle Bert told me his goal in life was to visit all 50 states. He made it to Alaska, and I haven't. I don't know the exact amount he accomplished - some were on a train in the 1930's!!! I jumped on a train when I was 16 thinking about him and rode it 10 miles. It's harder to jump off a train than on by the way.

    So far - 35 states. It's a gorgeous country, so much to enjoy. Thank you Bertram Wilson for telling me stories and encouraging me to travel.

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Thank you AGH and fortapache for loving.
    2. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      Awe! What an awesome story! That is so great that you have shown us both photos, which by the way are just amazing!

      I'm still laughing at the jumping off the train bit! Ouch! But what an image lol!

      Did you know back in the day when the Pike was still there, everybody used to refer to is as the P.O.P. Pacific Ocean Park. I can tell you one thing, that was the scariest roller coaster ride EVER!!! (It was all made of wood)! I think it actually went out over the water. I'll see if I can locate a photo.

      Awesome post!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Hey Val, you were a hobo!
      I love all about your post, what a coincidence living so near!
    4. Trey Trey, 7 years ago
      Great story:) love the photo's
    5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 7 years ago
      What a great story... And I love the announcement...
    6. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Great photo's & story!
      They look annoyed because they were trying to ignore the photographer that was pestering beach patrons by taking their pictures & then asking them to buy them.
      I'm glad they bought the photo!
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Love your post and story! Maybe they where tired after a lot of time in the sun? Or struck by the big moment.
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Well, walksoftly is probably near the truth. This made me wonder about your mother, I have to see that film...
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Thanks Share for your sweet message! First off that's my dad's first grade picture at St. Columbkille's school. I also went to that grade school.

      My friends and I were bored sitting around drinking beer. The train was slowly passing by and I said we should take it to the town down the road where my mom and dad had the local bar. Plunk, plunk (6 more times) 8 of us plunked down the beer cans and jumped on that slow train. Problem was - besides me being barefoot - it did NOT slow down while driving thru Varina so it was an interesting and scary decision. We all walked in my parents' bar and they were quite impressed. My dad said I had one up on him.

      You are RIGHT - it was a scary, biggest wood rollercoaster in the US. I have a few postcards - will put them on here.

      Thanks for loving Bert & Marie. They really were great. I wanted to be just like him. He told the best travel stories. I'm trying to locate the picture of them at Grand Canyon - both in jodphurs...
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Thank you Kyra - it was such a surprise when I realized they married here in LB. I think the reason it was "not talked about" was because this was 1927 - they were on a 2-wk trip and didn't get MARRIED until the end of the trip.....
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Thanks Trey and Nadia - I love a good story! Nadia the announcement is on cardstock - about 3x6 size.

    13. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Thanks walksoftly and Elisabeth - I am sure you are right! Someone sold them this photo! On the back of it his mother Elizabeth wrote "Bert Wilson & Marie Harding in Long Beach" instead of Mr & Mrs Wilson in Long Beach....hmm....

      Pretty great haircuts!

      Elisabeth - the movie Nebraska is a wonderful comment on Midwesterners of a certain age like my 80-yr-young parents who are very concerned about their place in their world and less what their kids (my age) think. But, boy do they love their grandkids.

      Thanks Sean for loving this!

      Thanks to all my other friends on CW for loving: racer, mike, pat, kevin, trunkman, jewels, alan, mcheconi, mani, harbor, lisa, hunter, austro, phil & officialfuel!
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      Perfect that you have the postcards. I'll be leaving that to you then, naturally! I did look for the roller coaster tho and cracked up when I saw the first pic. It was the smallest one and I thot how funny it was as in the difference in size that I remembered...then I saw that real deal and it was over the water! Right next to it anyway! I can almost hear it now lol!!!
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      You got to go on the biggest wood rollercoaster in America! Let me see what I can find and get those postcards posted....
    16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      love all of your lovely great postings and beautiful as well :)

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