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That Long Wait...Brought Me Sugar

A Golden Anniversary, Part 2

This golden anniversary event made a guy realize that things were different 50 years ago when Bud and Beulah took their vows to live a married life. Did couples get married with all the wedding bell trimmings in those days. No, not that I know of. These big deal weddings didn’t get started ’til after Adolph Hitler’s defeat. It wasn’t until then that daddies could afford to put on a show for their departing daughters. Neither were the country boys able to flash through their home towns in a sport car, looking for a date to date. 

When Beulah and Bud decided to get married, all they did was to get in touch with preacher Kroneman who had a parish, and a church down the street a ways. They had him come over to Beulah’s family home where he tied the marriage knot. 

To zoom in on Bud’s bride of fifty years, one has to go back to an old established wheat ranch in the Rocklyn area. Beulah is the youngest of Charley and Julia Rux’s string of daughters. They all arrived in orderly fashion without any time out for a brother. Mabel, Aileen, Bessie, and finally Beulah. In fact, it was sort of luck that Beulah made it. 

Her dad wanted a son so bad that when word reached him out in the harvest field that his wife gave birth to another girl, (Bessie) he was so disappointed that he refused to go home. It took three days before Charley felt like leaving his custom thrashing crew to go see daughter number three. Charley and his wife again tried for a boy, but Beulah arrived instead. 

Charley made the best of his all girl family. They grew up healthy like, and helped supply a more equal ratio between the boys and the skimpy girl population. Later Beulah carried out the same family tradition by having just four girls, too. 

The Rocklyn district at one time had three one room schoolhouses. They were scattered all around so the kids wouldn’t have to take all forenoon to get there. Two of Beulah’s sisters, Bessie and Aileen, became school marms and taught in two of Rocklyn’s schools. Country preacher H.B. Mann, taught in the stricter Rocklyn school that had a church nearby. 

Two of the Rux sisters rode horses to the main Rocklyn schoolhouse. Bessie was the teacher, and little Beulah was one of her pupils. Beulah and her scattering of school mates were the last of the Rocklynites to attend this one room country school. 

When Beulah entered her last years of schooling in Davenport, it seemed like Bud was waiting for her. They became high school sweethearts. Lots of Sundays were spent socializing with local couples that had matrimonial intentions on their minds. After some simple outings that those depression days had to offer, Beulah and Bud made a decision to try for a long married life. 

That same year, seven other local couples took up marriage vows. It nearly wiped out all the singles. It left only me, and a handful of others that couldn’t get it altogether. However, that long wait of five years brought Sugar. 

"A Golden Anniversary" Kik-Back Country, p. 93

Walt Kik
Courtesy of Gerald Hardy

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