266 – Tom and Mary Agnes

Tom Gallagher was the manager of Cole’s Women’s Shop. Mary Agnes Riley worked there.

Mary Agnes lived in her parents’ home at 1406 West Broadway. Tom and his children Kathleen and Buddy lived there too.

Tom and Mary Agnes spent a lot of time around each other.

There was talk.

Tom and Mary Agnes to marry

By April, the news was out. After months of speculation, Tom and Mary Agnes had announced it. They were getting married.

Marriage License – Tom Gallagher and Mary Agnes Riley – April 18, 1930

The wedding took place Monday, April 21. Let’s follow The Sedalia Democrat’s nice writeup.

The ceremony

Sacred Heart Church and altar – Sedalia, Missouri

The bride wore

The attendants

Breakfast following

A Texas trip

Tom and Mary Agnes made a border-to-border tour of Texas. They visited Houston and San Antonio. In Dallas, they visited with former Sedalians Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harnsberger. And they stayed with Jim and Nell Gallagher in Smithville.

In his ten years with the Katy Railroad, Jim Gallagher had worked his way up the ladder. In 1930, he was the regional maintenance manager for south Texas.

1930 Census – Jim and Nell Gallagher and family – Smithville, Texas

When Tom and Mary Agnes visited, Jim and Nell were renting a house on Short Street, at $25 a month. Jim was age 37, Nell 35. Their son Jim Jr. was age 9. Daughter Helen was 4 years, 6 months. Cousin Bill McClure was also living in the household.

Helen Gallagher – c 1930 – age 5

At home

Followed by fetes

Back to everyday life

The wedding was over. Tom and Mary Agnes were home from their Texas trip. Everyday life beckoned them home.


3 thoughts on “266 – Tom and Mary Agnes

  1. deborahlargefox0764 May 10, 2023 / 6:43 pm

    A joyous post! A toast to the happy couple! I’m glad you devoted a whole post to their wedding.


    • Mark Jarvis May 10, 2023 / 10:16 pm

      Mary Agnes (Aggie) is the grandmother that Cathy and her brothers knew, even though she wasn’t their biological grandma. She was a joy. Always happy-go-lucky, it seemed, even though she didn’t have a pot…

      What relationships within our families, some good, some not-so-good. You’ve confessed, we’ve confessed. It’s real life.

      As always, thank you for your heartfelt comments and wit.


      • deborahlargefox0764 May 10, 2023 / 10:33 pm

        I felt all that in your comment as I read the post. Real life will hit the couple. Real war will hit the world. Family relationships will fray. But sometimes we need the break that blue wedding dresses and breakfast menus and honeymoon visits with relatives provide.


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