Far-Out Friday: Honeymoon In The Corn Field

MattieAndShortySprouseTheir May-December marriage made headlines in early June of 1946, right along with worries over sky-rocketing milk prices (up one cent per quart!) and possible meat and bread shortages.  One newspaper article noted that mothers were thinking about feeding their children cake instead of bread that night (let them eat cake!).  However, for Mattie Large and her teenage husband, their marriage wasn’t such a big deal to them in the hills of eastern Kentucky near Louisa.  It did raise eyebrows around the country though.

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  1. shorty was my uncle i miss him dearly i live on my grandmothers his mothers land to this day

    • Thanks for stopping by! Mattie was quite a character.


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