Atlantic City shot from the Postcard album.

Today, we think of honeymoon trips as romantic getaways for a newly married couple. For Sid and Myrtle’s honeymoon, however, seems to be more along the lines of a nineteenth century “Bridal Tour,”  a trip made to visit relatives who weren’t able to attend the wedding.[1]

Since they eloped, that leaves a long list of relatives!

In Part 1 of the Honeymoon Diary, we followed Sid and Myrtle from their elopement ceremony in Kentucky and to Washington D.C. during a railroad strike.  In D.C., they visited, or perhaps even stayed with, the Dodson’s, long time family friends.

In Part 2, Sid and Myrtle met Myrtle’s paternal grandfather for the first time as they explore the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains.

On September 7, Myrtle writes:

Sid and I went to Gettysburg from Pen Mar.  Visited battlefields all day.  A guide conducted the TOUR and was made in a horse-carriage with about six other people.  It was a four-seated surrey.  My first trip on a Battlefield, so it was all very interesting. Sure a big day and so tired.

This puts to rest the question of whether it was Myrtle with Sid at the Great Gettysburg Peace Reunion. If her first trip was in 1916, she couldn’t have accompanied him in 1913.

From there, it’s on to Philadelphia.

Sept 8th – We left Rouzerville at 9:10 A.M. for Philadelphia arriving at 1 P.M. Located my cousin Ed Lookabaugh, who is a Boiler Maker for the B & O and lives at 6117 Yocum St.  They were so surprised and yet seemed very glad we had looked them up.  Took in a Show in the eve, and then had a snack of fried oysters at midnight, sure good.

Sid and Myrtle with Ed and Helen Lookabaugh

The included image is the perfect accompaniment for the diary, down to the 6117 house number visible in the background. Sid and Myrtle are on the lower step.

I’m sure Ed and Helen were surprised, having a newly-married cousin arrive unannounced only a couple of days after a major railroad strike was averted.  Charles Edward Lookabaugh WWI Draft RegistrationEdward’s full name was Charles Edward Lookabaugh.  By the following year, according to his WWI draft registration, he and Helen had started a family of their own.

Since Ed is obviously a cousin on Myrtle’s father’s side, I wonder what conversations they had about Myrtle meeting her grandfather.

The following day, Sid and Myrtle explored Atlantic City:

Sept. 9th – Sid and I went to Atlantic City and my first view of the Atlantic Ocean. Too cold to go in bathing, but walked up and down the famous board-walk. An airplane kept flying over the City and was quite thrilling (a rarity in 1916 since we have seen very few planes).  Also, visited the Heinz Bldg. at the end of the Pier. All 57 varieties on display and such a beautiful building, too.

The postcard book has several postcards and a couple of great shots of Atlantic City , including the exciting appearance of a airplane.

 

 

 

Sept 10th- Sunday:

Ed and Helen Lookabaugh took us and Helen’s sister and boy friend out to Willow Grove Park.  Saw the wonderful Electric Fountain.  Was refused admittance to park amusements since children under 16 were not allowed on account of infantile paralysis.   What a joke, and me 23.   (Oh yes, they finally did let me in.)

“Infantile Paralysis” refers to polio, which was still poorly understood in 1916. [2]

Unfortunately, we there were no photographs of the famous Philadelphia amusement park.  However, you can get a sense of what the young folks experienced in the 1991 documentary Life was a Lark at Willow Grove Park. At the 16:00  mark, you can see the “Electric Fountain.”

Honeymoon Diary Philadelphia Atlantic City Graphic

I like the idea of leaving Sid and Myrtle suspended in time here, listening to great  music and enjoying the company of family, surely thinking that 1916 was a great time to be alive.

What’s next for the young couple? See Century-Old Honeymoon Journal: New York City in 1916

 

 


[1] “Honeymoon,” Wikipedia.org, accessed April 19, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeymoon.

[2] Thomas V. DiBacco, “The Conquest of Infantile Paralysis,” The Washington Post, January 14, 1997, https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/wellness/1997/01/14/the-conquest-of-infantile-paralysis/ae3c12d9-fecf-4bf5-a5b0-a54010ef187f/?utm_term=.aa36f30893c9.

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