Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What Do You Do With A Leap Year?


            What do Leap Years have to do with us?   One Hundred years ago, 1912, was a Leap Year and a year of weddings.   Seventy-six years ago, 1936, was also a Leap Year and a year of weddings. 

            Granny and Papa, Frank and Kate Easley, were married January 12, 1912 in Texas.   Mother-Shumaker and Grand-daddy, Earnest and Liffa Shumaker, were married September 21, 1912 in Texas.  Neither couple knew the other at that time.  Both couples moved to rural Eldorado, Jackson County, Oklahoma.  There they met and two of each couples children were married in 1936.

            There was a tradition that in Leap Years women could propose to men for marriage.   I don’t know if that’s really true or why, or why couldn’t a woman propose to her man any year?   Anyway………

            Aunt Thelma and Uncle Dillon were married January 4, 1936 and Mother and Daddy were married December 19, 1936.  Mother said that Aunt Thelma thought it was funny that she got her man early in the year and it took Mother almost to the years end before she got her’s.    

            Hope I didn’t waste your time, but just thought you might like that little dab of family trivia on this 29th Day of February, 2012!   

           O my goodness!!!  Here it is almost a whole year  later.   I apologize.  I do hope my failure to send this out when I first wrote it won't warp your sense of time in the universe: nano-seconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, scores of years, centuries, myriads of myriads, thousands of tbousands and eons upon eons.                  Please do have the greatest year yet!!!


  1. Do you have family photos to go with these posts? That would be so lovely . . .

  2. I do have a few. But we are a huge clan. Two of my Great Grand parents moved to Oklahoma from Texas: Easley and Maberry. Two stayed in Texas: Luker and Shumaker. But their descendants came to Oklahoma. Among us all there would be piles and mounds of pictures. I also think a great project would be photographing Southwest Oklahoma: wild flowers, lizards and snakes, mesquite trees, hills and gullies, cotton, wheat, maize, and oh so much more. That would take at least a whole summer.