Doris M. Birch/Wheeler/Carter - Her 2nd Marriage

On 30 November 1958, after many years of widowhood, Doris (age 57) married John W. Carter (age 59) at the First Christian Church in Corning, California.  John had been a friend of Doris' first husband and was a widower.  He was a long time olive grower in Corning and worked in the Corning olive plants as a mechanic.  His son, Emerson Carter, was the best man in this wedding; Doris's son Keith "gave her away."  Keith, with help from other family members, took many 35 mm slide photos of the wedding.  Now, 44 years later, Keith finds these slides are not in the best condition and do not scan well with his "low end" equipment.  Still, there are many memories here for some friends and family members.

Just a few days before the wedding we find the couple at this Thanksgiving feast at the Janice & Jim Craig home. L-R: Alice Craig, John, Doris, and David, Jim, Janice, Steve & Susan Craig. 

On the wedding day Aunt Mary plays the piano at Doris' home while Yvonne Jolly assists.

Before the wedding, Doris & John are found in the living room of Doris' Solano St. home (oval photo of Claire & Andrew is on the wall).

John with his son Emerson & his wife Norma.

John & Doris open wedding gifts while family members look on.

Doris in her wedding dress in the front room of her home just before going to the church.

The wedding ceremony concludes at the church as Doris & John exit. Janice on left looks over her shoulder; Keith & Emerson can be seen behind the newly weds; the minister is behind them.

The newly weds pose for the wedding picture that did not survive well over the years.

Doris & John cut the wedding cake at the reception held in the hall behind the church.

John looks on as Doris cuts the cake.

The feeding of the groom gets tense ...

  ... but the mission is accomplished. 

Many well wishers gather around the bride at the reception.

Son & daughter-in-law, Emerson & Norma, on left, as well as new daughter-in-law Goldie Wheeler, get the groom laughing.

The young folks gather outside the reception & get ready to throw rice (L-R: David Craig, Larry & Michael Wheeler, Steve Craig, John Jolly, Susan Craig, Janice Jolly & Alice Craig).

As the newlyweds get close to leaving the church, the kids are ready.

The rice starts to fly as the groom & bride emerge from the hall. 

John puts his bride in the car as they leave the Church (Yvonne Jolly center, Michael Wheeler on right)

It is now time to go back to Doris' home to change into traveling clothes & get some more photos.

It will now be a noisy drive to the train station.  (That is Janice Jolly to the left of the newly weds.)

John & Doris board the train to leave Corning for their honeymoon.

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