Dudley Moses Mitchell and Opal Blanche Strickler are the parents of my maternal grandmother (great-grandparents). They were set up on a date by Lawrence Elliott. Lawrence was Opal’s brother-in-law and Moses’ nephew. Despite a fifteen year age difference, Opal and Moses fell for each other and were married December 20, 1916 in Topeka, Kansas. They raised five children together, two daughters and three sons. To find work during the Depression, the family moved to Hutchinson, Kansas. They remained there the rest of their lives.
Opal and Moses are buried together at the Penwell Gabel Cemetery in Hutchinson, Kansas. I got the chance to pay my respects last October on a research trip to Kansas. The morning we visited Hutchinson was a brisk 30 degrees and windy. These photos were taken very quickly before returning to the warmth of the car!