A Womanless Wedding In Van Dyke, Texas

When people had to create their own entertainment…well, let’s just say that they sometimes got very, very creative as are evidenced by these 1951 or 1952 photos provided by Missy Jones.

This womanless wedding was held at the Van Dyke, Texas school house, and the event was attended by many! I could use your help in identifying these men, and a huge thank you to Carolyn Luckie and Rita Lows for their help!


Back Row:  Lloyd Fritts (minister), ____, Elbert Wright, Hogan Scott (bride), Ralph Spruill, ____, Robert Spruill, Harold Newhouse
Front Row: R.O. Stark, Fred Johnson, Tom Wilson, Herman Nichols

According to Carolyn Luckie, the two boys (without caps) looking at the camera are Roger Johnson and Norman Wright.

WOMANLESS WEDDING Back Row:  Mr. Schultz?, Robert Moore, Tom Taylor, Ogden Fritts, ____, Carlos McGuire
Front Row: ____, ____, ____, Jack Colcleasure, and baby boy is Ronnie Colcleasure.

I had to crop these photos so that you could see them better; however, the advertisers on the stage curtain are:

Fagan Chevrolet
Eat Snowflake Bread, City Bakery, Watch the Butterfly
Farmers Produce and Cheese Co., phone 383
Comanche Wrecking Company
Wm. Reese Drug Co., See us for Athletic and School Supplies
Hiway Café, Home of good eats
Riley’s Grocery for better foods
Elkins Tin Shop
Beas, Comanche, phone 435
Kilpatrick’s Hardware Store, for low prices
Star Tires

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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10 Responses to A Womanless Wedding In Van Dyke, Texas

  1. Missy Jones says:

    Fredda, This picture was given to me by the late Roger Johnson of Comanche to use at the Museum. He had identified the people that he knew. The womanless wedding was such a fun thing, as you can tell from the smiles on the faces of these men. It took someone that was lots of fun to dress up like a woman, sometimes complete with wig and makeup, wearing ladies clothes, and of course speaking in a high, soprano voice. These were usually complete with preacher, the bride, all of the bridesmaids and everyone involved had a great time. This was back during earlier times, and hard times. Communities needed some fun to break up their hard work times, and this wedding was looked forward to by everyone in the community.

  2. carolyn luckie says:

    the bride was the school teacher. the two boys without caps looking at the camera are roger Johnson and norman wright, the baby on stage is Ronnie colcleasure.

  3. Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

    Actually, Carolyn, do you mean in the second photo?

  4. carolyn luckie says:

    the first one has the boys , Ronnie is in the second one

  5. Andrew Newhouse says:

    Hello, I found a link to this picture on my cousin’s facebook page and wanted to clarify one of the men in the top photo. The man in the back row, on the far right, who is currently labeled J.L. Newhouse is actually J.L.’s brother, Harold. I know this because Harold was my dad, and he showed me this picture (a physical photograph) several years ago and pointed himself out. I am pretty sure I still have the photo in a box somewhere.

  6. Missy Jones says:

    Fredda, concerning the ads on the stage curtain. One, listerd as Snowflake Bread, City Bakery, I was told that the wrapper for this bread had colored squares on it, and every other square had a butterfly, in other words, Eat Snowflake bread and “Watch the Butter Fly”. Clever advertising.

    • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      Thank you! I have heard that slogan and wondered a hundred times what in the world it meant!!

      • John Scott says:

        I remember attending. Rita Taylor Lows, Janice Fritts, Judy Newhouse, Don Strange, Bobby Phillips and Roger Johnson were my classmates. Each grade was in one row and there were five rows in a room. Those were the days. (Sort of).

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