Marriage of Francis and Ila Mortenson
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Marriage of Francis and Ila Mortenson, as recounted by Francis in 1979.
I did not get married until September 15, 1932. I had planned to go home and get [Ila] earlier, but my professor, Dr. Espe, had me practice going through his abstracts. [Francis was attending the university at Ames, Iowa, where he received a Ph.D. in dairy science.] He had about four inches of abstracts about everything related to our subject. He spent a whole day coaching me. He was preparing me for the final examination. We had preliminary examinations, then the oral examinations before a committee of about six or seven. After the preliminary, the Examining Committee told us what we had to do to round us out for graduation. I passed my preliminaries, but Dr. Espe said, "Francis, you're not ready." He knew I had told my girl I was coming home. He said, "Well, if it will help you any, I will withdraw from the Examining Committee. Then you can take the exam as scheduled." I said, "Dr. Espe, if I can't have your support, I don't want to graduate." I stayed and graduated, and also won the girl.
The year before, a bank examiner offered Ila a job during the summer in an insolvent bank in Nephi [Utah.] She had gone to Nephi occasionally, to take in the dances. The next summer, after I had been to Ames nearly three years, I proposed to her in Nephi. She said, "Yes." (It seemed like I proposed to Ila every night of the ten days that I was home.) The day before we were to get married, she changed her mind and sent me a wire asking to wait a while. I thought that [would be] at least a year! The last evening [before I left to go back to Iowa] she called me on the phone and asked me when I was going back to Ames. I said, "Tomorrow morning." She said, "For sure?" I said, 'No if's, and's or but's. I have to leave for Ames tomorrow." She said, "You had better come and get me." So I borrowed Valton's car, drove to Nephi that night, got her, and drove back to Mt. Pleasant.
We stayed at my sister, Delma's, house that night. We were sitting on the couch, half asleep, both of us. When morning came, Ila had to get a temple recommend from her bishop and the stake president. We went to Fairview and were just in time to catch the bishop on his way out to milk his cows. He gave Ila her recommend, and then we had to go to Mount Pleasant to see the Stake President. As we drove into Mount Pleasant, we nearly ran over him. He signed the recommend on the fender of the car.
In the meantime, I callled my brother, Valton, who worked in the courthouse. He and my cousin, Ernel Mortenson, who was one of the officials, arranged all the book work for a marriage license. We arrived at the Manti temple about fifteen minutes before it opened at 9 a.m. Ila's mother and dad and my mother went to the temple with us. By noon, we were married and back in Ephraim. After the ceremony was over, my brother told me that the inner tube was out of the tire and looked like a basketball on the outside. I said that if the tire [had] exploded, we might never have been married.
While we were being married, Francis' sisters cooked us a lovely dinner. After dinner, Ila's mother and dad went back to Fairview and that night we stayed at the Temple Square Hotel in Salt Lake City. We left for Iowa from there.
Nobody could afford wedding receptions because of the depression. Most people had a Trousseau Tea. My old neighbors, and Rulon's wife, Elda, sat up all night making a quilt so that I could take it with me. I took that up to Ila's for a shower that she was having. We have shared everything in my life except that. I told her that it was my quilt.