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Catalog Number WF 1407
Caption Dance following the Mass Wedding
Description The 1938 Marineers' Pageant included a Mass Wedding at Causland Park which united seven couples. It was spearheaded by Paul Luvera and generated a great deal of publicity for the Marineers' Pageant. According to Wallie Funk, it "made the front page of many Washington newspapers because of the controversy it aroused." Luvera's inspiration for the mass wedding may have come from the 1912 wedding of Howell Morrison and Naidene Lanterman, held as a publicity stunt for Anacortes' July 4th celebration on the waterfront before a huge crowd. See WF 0280. But ;the event proposed for the 1938 Marineers' Pageant proved a different story. It upset the town's "Ministerial association" who felt the event was "undignified." In their view, any minister who participated would be "prostituting the profession." Anacortes ministers refused to perform the ceremonies and the name of the minister who finally performed the event, Rev. William Goodrow of Lopez Island, was kept secret until the last minute. It is interesting to note that of the fourteen people united in marriage that day, only three were from Anacortes.

Anacortes merchants contributed goods from wedding rings, to household items, to the cost of the wedding license at the Skagit Country Courthouse. Although Brady's photos only feature six couples, seven were actually wed that day; Ruth Fleming and Ervin W. Spencer were "added as a surprise as they requested at the last minute." Phyllis Luvera Ennes recalled that many years later one of the couples came back to Anacortes and visited the Luveras, to show them they were still together. The identification of these photos is based on Paul Luvera's Marineers' Pageant Scrapbook, as no copies of the ANACORTES AMERICAN exist for 1938 in the museum. The average age of the wedding participants was 22, and they were married in the following order:

Nelson, Enga and Klaes, Howard Both from Anacortes
Sell, Frances and Richie, Theo Anacortes, Port Stanley
Griffiths, Violet and Dahl, Soren Both from Seattle
Kitchens, Arlene and Sanford, Les Boise, Idaho and Bremerton, WA
Flemming, Ruth and Spencer, Ervin Cincinnati, OH and Port Angeles, WA
Mangelson, Bette and Sellers, Don Both from Ellensburg, WA
Armstrong, Wilma and Hunter, Harry Both from Blaine, WA

A dance followed the wedding ceremony and was held at the Eagles' Hall. The Goff Brothers Orchestra, name on curtain, played at the event. They were a popular Anacortes band. See WF 1792, 1795-1800, for other photos of the band.
Date 1938
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Marineer Pageant
Event - Mass Wedding
Place - Anacortes, WA
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People LUVERA, Paul
FUNK, Wallie Valentine [Jr.]
MORRISON, Howell
LANTERMAN, Alice Naidene
GOODROW, William, Rev.
ENNES, Phyllis Luvera
NELSON, Enga
KLAES, Howard
SELL, Frances
RICHEY, Theo
GRIFFITHS, Violet
DAHL, Soren
KITCHENS, Arlene
SANFORD, Leslie Jr.
FLEMMING, Ruth
SPENCER, Ervin
MANGELSON, Bette
SELLERS, Don
ARMSTRONG, Wilma
HUNTER, Harry
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Marineers' Pageant
Mass Wedding
Causland Park
Ministerial association
Lopez Island
merchants
Marineers' Pageant Scrapbook
Eagles' Hall
Goff Brothers Orchestra
Object Name Negative