I’m thinking of my parents today. They were married 80 years ago today on December 28 1935. My sisters and brother were in attendance. It was a home wedding in my grandmother and grandfather’s home in Winchester Massachusetts. They went to the nearby Oakley Country Club to spend their wedding night. I must ask my sisters who looked after them while my parents were away. They tell me that during the wedding festivities my grandmother made sure they were well looked after. She was a very loving woman. My mother was the middle daughter, the youngest daughter had had a big church wedding not long before, and the oldest daughter married not long after in 1936. My sisters were flower girls for that wedding.
I don’t have any photos of my parents’ wedding but this photo would have been taken near the time.
and this photo one year later
my grandmother and grandfather and auntie, my grandfather’s sister
our home in Belmont Massachusetts
A bit about Oakley Country Club where my mother and father met.
In November of 1898, the one hundred fifty members of the Cambridge Golf and Country Club changed its name to Oakley Country Club. Oakley was founded upon two principles: First, to provide an opportunity for outdoor sports and second, to provide a congenial meeting place for friends. Although many changes have occurred during the past century, the principal purposes remain the foundation of Oakley’s reputation and success.
Our original Charles Bulfinch-designed clubhouse was built as a residence in 1808 and as Oakley’s clubhouse became the focal point for all activities for 65 years. Shortly after the club was founded, a young golfer arrived from Scotland to redesign Oakley’s golf course and to compete professionally in America. Donald Ross would grow from his initial employment at Oakley as a golf pro, to greenkeeper and club maker, to become one of the legendary golf course architects of the twentieth century.
While any “Donald Ross” course is distinctive and distinguished, the uniqueness of Oakley Country Club’s Golf Course is that it represents the very first Ross golf course design in America.