Theodore Sanchez & Patricia Melhus, Married in Anoka, MN

This wedding announcement was published in the Franklin Tribine, Franklin, Renville County, MN on March 22, 1901. Theodore and Patricia were my great-grandparents. They both died years before I was born.



The marriage of Mr. Theodore Sanchez to Miss Petrecia Melhus occurred at the residence of the officiating clergyman, Rev. F. R. Leasch, a Baptist minister in the city of Anoka on Wednesday, March 13th, at five o’clock in the evening.  The marriage was a quiet affair, only a few witnessing the ceremony.  On Thursday noon the young couple took the train from Anoka to the twin cities for a brief honeymoon, returning to Franklin on Saturday noon.

The groom is one of Franklin’s most prominent young men.  He is one of the proprietors of the city barber shop and has always served the patrons of that popular institution in a manner satisfactory to all and with credit to himself.  he is a young man of and affable courteous disposition and has succeeded in making friends with all whom he has come in contact.

The bride is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Melhus, highly respected people living a short distance southwest of town. She is held in high esteem by all her associates who are pleased to see her happily wedded.

The Tribune extends congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez, and hopes that their cup of happiness may always be filled to o’erflowing.




I had wondered why their marriage was a “quiet affair” out of town.  Most young couples from small towns want to celebrate with all of their friends and family.

Then I did some simple math and realized that this was probably because she was pregnant.

They were married on March 13, 1901 and their first child was born on July 31st. 

I love that my ancestors weren’t perfect. 🙂


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