June 30, 1924: Robert M. Tompkins (age 26) and Catherine Cora O'Connell (age 27) were married at St. George's Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. Stella O'Connell Dolan, her sister, was her matron of honor. I can't remember who the best man was. Mom wore Aunt Stella's wedding gown, veil, and shoes. We kept the little satin shoes in the attic for years afterward and marveled that my mother could get her feet into them. Aunt Stella had a little foot and my mother didn't; she said she was in agony all day but it was worth it! They had a one or two inch spool heel and a strap fastened by a satin button across the instep. I don't know what became of the dress and veil.
It was a lovely marriage. They were best friends until the end. Mom was sad that they didn't reach their fifty-year anniversary; he died in 1973 and she died in 1975. She also felt Dad had cheated her and was quite peevish about it -- she said that since she was a year older, she was supposed to go first. What in the world was he thinking of?