Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Wedding Day and After

“June and Art” concludes with today’s entry, covering over 50 years of shared love between June and Art.  Thanks to all followers and readers who’ve joined us for this celebration of love.


June Virginia Anderson and Arthur Werner Price were married at the Methodist Church of Riverhead on September 1, 1951, sixty years ago today.  The Rev. Lawrence Boyle officiated. 

June (seated) with her bridesmaids Jean Hulse and Dorothy Price and
Maid of Honor Frances Martin.

June with her mother, Maud Anderson.


June with her father, Theodore Anderson.

June escorted down the aisle by her father.

June and Art.

The wedding party:  Bridesmaids Dorothy Price and Jean Hulse, Maid
of Honor Frances Martin, June and Art, Best Man Ray Lawrence, and
Ushers Harry Price and William Price.

The bride's parents, Theodore and Maud Anderson, June and Arthur Price,
and the groom's parents, Ada Belle and Arthur N. Price.

June and Art leaving the church.

June and Art in the car outside the church.

June and Art.

A reception followed afterwards at the home of the bride’s parents at 126 Lincoln Street, Riverhead.

The receiving line at the reception.

The receiving line.

The bridal table:  William Price, Jean Hulse, Ray Lawrence, June Price,
Arthur Price, Frances Martin, Harry Price, and Dorothy Price.

Cutting the wedding cake.

The first slice.


First stop on the honeymoon was New York City where June and Art
enjoyed a carriage ride through Central Park.

June and Art at a New York City nightclub in the mid-1950s.

Their first child Jamie was born in 1957.  Lee was born in
1960.  This photo would be from 1960.

June, Art, and Jamie Price with birthday cake, early 1960s.
June, Lee, and Art Price, mid-1960s.

Seated on couch:  Art and June Price, Maud and Theodore Carl Anderson,
Diane and Theodore Carl Anderson Jr. (June's brother);  second row:
Jamie and Lee Price, Theodore Carl Anderson III, and Deborah Anderson;
and front row:  Carol and Tom Anderson

Lee, Art, June, and Jamie Price, Christmas time, late 1970s.

June and Art with their newborn granddaughter Laura in 1995.

June and Art with their daughter Jamie at her wedding in 1998.

June and Art Price, and Dorothy (Price) and Bob Scholl, mid-1990s.
June and Art with their son Lee and their grandchildren Terry and Laura,
late 1990s.

June and Art, 1996.


June and Art's cake from their 50th anniversary party at the home of
Dorothy (Price) Scholl in East Quogue, NY, on August 18, 2001.

Original members of the wedding party at the 50th wedding aniversary:
Dorothy (Price) Scholl, Frances (Martin) Oldeack, June Price, Art Price,
and Harry Price.

June and Art with the family at the 50th wedding anniversary.  Standing:
Dennis Pelley and Jamie (Price) Pelley, Lee and Lisa Price.  Next to Art:
granddaughter Laura Price.  Next to June:  grandson Terrence Price.

Art pinning a corsage on June at their 50th wedding anniversary.

June and Art.


“I’ve always enjoyed being married to Art.  You couldn’t have a nicer marriage than we have.”
                                                                                              June Price, oral history tapes,
                                                                                              Interview and transcription
                                                                                              by Jamie Price Pelley
                                                                                              Recorded in early 2004

While I was staying with my father at a hospice center shortly before his death in 2009, he liked to be surrounded by photographs of his life.  One of the workers commented on the photo of June by his bed.  He said, “I wish you could have met her.  She was the best woman I ever knew.”
                                                                                              Lee Price

In Loving Memory
June Virginia (Anderson) Price
Arthur Werner Price

Respectfully dedicated by their children
Jamie Price Pelley
Lee Anderson Price


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Day Before

The wedding's tomorrow!  June and Art concludes on September 1, 2011.

Friday, August 31, 1951:  It was a beautiful summer day in the Hamptons, with early morning temperatures in the low 70s climbing to 82° in the afternoon.  There was no rain that day.  For Saturday, the day of the wedding, the weather forecast called for a similarly nice day, maybe even a couple of degrees cooler.

People were traveling to Riverhead that Friday.  While many of Art’s relatives lived in the vicinity, June’s relatives were coming from both her mother’s home state of Virginia and her father’s home state of Connecticut.  Approximately 80 people had responded that they planned to attend the wedding.

Here are the names of the people who were definitely planning on attending a wedding at the United Methodist Church of Riverhead the following day:

(Tomorrow – June and Art concludes.)

© 2011 Lee Price

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Much To Be Done

Two days until the wedding!  June and Art concludes on September 1, 2011.

These lists speak for themselves.  There were many decisions to be made, tasks to be assigned, and work to be done.  Doubtless, these three surviving lists only cover a small portion of the many components that went into the planning of June’s and Art’s wedding.

(Tomorrow – The day before.)

© 2011 Lee Price

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bridesmaids and Ushers

Three days until the wedding!  June and Art concludes on September 1, 2011.

Postcard from Shirl.

At some point, plans to have Shirl as Matron of Honor fell through.  The above postcard may have been the last that June ever heard from Shirl.

June asked Frances Martin, a friend from her job at the phone company, to be the Maid of Honor, and asked Jean Hulse and Art’s sister Dorothy Price to be bridesmaids.  June picked out gowns for the bridesmaids, described as “pale green nylon net with matching lace jacket.”  For the Maid of Honor, she selected a “light shrimp nylon net with cap sleeved lace jacket.”

Art asked Ray Lawrence, who was the husband of his mother’s sister and a classmate from Southampton High, to be his Best Man.  For his ushers, he asked his cousins Harry Price and William Price.

Wedding plan details.

(Tomorrow – The to-do list.)

© 2011 Lee Price

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Shower Transcript

Four days until the wedding!  June and Art concludes on September 1, 2011.

June’s wedding shower took place on Tuesday, June 26, 1951.  Someone recorded June’s expressions as she opened her presents and then later typed them up for posterity.  Here are some selections from the transcript:

“I have a pan!  Maybe Art won’t go hungry after all.”

“It begins to look as if people expect me to cook.”

“Oh-h-h!  A whole set!  Very nice!  M-m-m!”

(June’s mother:  “I was crocheting a tablecloth for June.  She wouldn’t take it.”
June:  “I didn’t know if it was a rug or a tablecloth.”)

“Oh!  And I love salads, too.  Isn’t that nice?”

“Gee!  I’ll really have a kitchen after all.”

(June’s mother:  “June, you have two pans.  I didn’t have more than that when I started.”)

“Oh!  What shall I open next?”

“All this lovely wrapping I’m just tearing off.”

“I am having trouble.  I’m the poorest opener of packages.  I can’t open your package.”

“Gee!  I can entertain ‘n everything!”

“I didn’t know Art kept secrets from me.”

“I thank everybody very much.”

(Tomorrow – Bridesmaids and ushers.)

© 2011 Lee Price