The Honor Of Your Presence

Wedding invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Francis Shelland
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Katherine Alleen
Mr. Allen David Backus

on Wednesday, the fifth of July
nineteen hundred and sixteen
at eight o'clock

Thirty-four Main Street
Oneonta, New York

Found in "British Poets of the Nineteenth Century" by Curtis Page. Published by Sanborn and Co., 1910.

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  1. I poked around and found Allen David Backus, born Feb 19 1889 in Franklin, New York, who moved to New Jersey sometime before 1930 with his wife Catherine (spelled with a C). According to his draft registration card, he was employed by the Board of Education. No kids listed in the 1930 or 1940 census, but they did have a radio set.

  2. Interesting! A July 5th wedding? Must gave been hot weather.

  3. I made a little family tree here at

    It doesn't seem Allen and Catherine had children, but both of their ancestors had large and interesting families.

  4. And here is how 34 Main Street in Oneonta looks today:,-75.063886,3a,75y,88.8h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sqBB16hy-kx1qKyO8teBCBA!2e0

  5. Roger, they actually just tore down that house and a few others beside it.

  6. Michael,
    What a shame to hear that!

  7. Indeed, it will be a bank: