Wordless Wednesday – 50th Wedding Anniversary

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John and Blanche Binns' 50th Wedding Anniversary Picture taken 19 August 1984, Fort Smith, AR. Privately held by Barbara Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Digitally scanned by Ginger R. Smith, November 2008.

This is the 50th Wedding Anniversary picture of my paternal great-grandparents, John Brooks Binns and Blanche Kathryn Hill who were married in Longview, Texas, 19 August 1934. Although they were married in Texas, they both grew up in Monticello, Arkansas and raised their family in Fort Smith, Arkansas. John was a meat cutter at the local Kroger grocer and Blanche was a homemaker. Once their 3 daughters were old enough to attend high school, the couple enrolled in education classes at Russellville Tech and obtained their teaching degrees. John taught 5th grade and Blanche taught 2nd grade at Alma Elementary in Alma, Arkansas. In 1963, Blanche was forced to retired from teaching after she had a stroke. John continued teaching and caring for his wife another 12 years.

Here is a copy of the news clipping that appeared in the local paper on 8 August 1984 announcing their 50th Wedding Anniversary:

John and Blanche Binns 50th Wedding Anniversary Newspaper Clipping Aug 8 1984

John and Blanche Binns 50th Wedding Anniversary Newspaper Clipping Aug 8 1984. Privately held by Barbara Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Digitally scanned by Ginger R. Smith, November 2008.

The photo of them included in this new sclipping was taken probably in the late 50s or early 60s before Blanche had her stroke.


Related Posts:
1. John Brooks Binns (1910 – 1989)
2. Using Google maps to view previous residences of my great-granparents Binns
3. Wordless Wednesday – Photo of Me and John Binns
4. Tombstone Tuesday – John and Blanche Binns
5. Funeral Card Friday: John Brooks Binns

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2 Responses

  1. Lovely to see this photo Ginger! I think 50 years marriage is a wonderful achievement. Your great grandparents look so happy too. Wonderful.

    Kind regards,
    Christine (rootsresearcher)

  2. Thanks for the comment Christine. They were really happy together. I think we should start a 50th anniversary meme!

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