Today I am commemorating my great-grandparents’ 100th wedding anniversary. They were married 18 December 1916.Sidney James Barton and Bessie Stevens were teen sweethearts growing up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They went out courting on the back of Sid’s motorcycle. Soon they became inseparable. On 18 December 1916, these two love birds decided to elope, but had to tell a lie to do it! It was just a little fib… a tiny white lie… and they were so in love… Bessie said she was 18 on the marriage license, and Sidney listed age 21. But, they were really only 16 and 19 years old! Their marriage was soon blessed with a daughter, Billee Kathryn. And then another daughter, Elizabeth June.
During WWII, Sid & Bess took in their two grown daughters and two grandaughters when their husbands/fathers went off to war.
Eventually, the couple was blessed with two grandsons as well. For their 50th wedding anniversary, Sid & Bessie’s children, grandchildren, and church community threw a big celebration.
At the party, they presented Sid & Bess with a vibrant, beautiful, hand-stitched quilt, embroidered with the name of every member of their congregation. Even after 50 years, they were still inseparable.
See Sid & Bessie’s story in video form, including home video clips from the mid-1950s of this sweet couple: