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Courtship and Marriage
Walk that Pretty Girl Home Oil Painting by Paula Blasius McHugh

Love is like a river; its course runs both smooth and rough. Here are some stories that deal with that mysterious and powerful force that pushes its way into our lives to change them forever.

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The Tea Party
Playing Time 3:14

A young man's introduction to the family of his intented can lead to unexpected, and in this case, embarrassing consequences as told by Bebs Chorak.

The Earring
Playing Time 2:29

How can someone be buried between Indiana and Missouri? To find out listen to John Wheeler tell about the two women that married his grandfather and what takes place when no one is around.

Band Organ Courtship
Playing Time 2:49

John Eliason of Sayner, Wisconsin, has been collecting and restoring vintage music machines for years. He was first inspired to take on this unusual hobby after hearing his grandparents tell of how they met and fell in love. The story is followed by music played on one of John's cherished machines, a 1924 J.P. Seeburg model K.

Swims to Beach
Playing Time 2:30

A young man with little money must occasionally resort to drastic measures when taking a girl out on a date to the beach as Geraldine Flaherty tells here.

Courting Annadeene
Playing Time 4:00

I had the rare good fortune to interview noted old-time fiddler J.P. Fraley while attending a music festival several years ago. While a freak summer hailstorm clattered down on the metal roof above us, he told me stories about growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. And about how he courted his wife Annadeene who became his guitar player for many years.