Mary (Mayme) Egan Horne 30 Nov 1879–26 Feb 1974
Everett Earl Rockfield 21 Feb 1879–2 May 1943
My grandparents were married in August 1903. The wedding was held in Columbus, Ohio. Both Mayme and Ev were in their mid-twenties and the next-to-the-youngest and youngest members of their respective large families.
After their wedding, Ev got a job in NYC working for Railway Express. What an adventure this would be for a newly married couple that had never ventured outside of Ohio! They packed their wedding gifts and clothing in steamer trunks and headed east.
Mayme must have had great fun decorating their first home in the latest fashion. These were still Victorian times, so lots of “stuff” was required. A cozy corner was a must in the interior design of the day.
In the first picture, note the curtain on a rod stretched across an alcove. A lamp is placed on an upended trunk. Framed family pictures are hidden in the dark of the enclosure, but would be illuminated by the lamp when lighted. Another trunk has been placed horizontally in front of the vertical trunk with more of the curtains thumbtacked on to it. I doubt if this corner was designed for actual sitting—except for the cat!
Pillows are scattered around with casual elegance. Some are lacy, others stamped with Gibson girl portraits and others covered in silk. Patterns abound! One floral carpet has been laid over another floral carpet while another floral pattern covers the walls and a different one adorns the ceiling.
Two swords are crossed at the top of the display. Mayme’s father attained the rank of Captain with the Union army during the Civil War, so one of the swords is his. Everett was a Mason and became a Knight Templar, so the other sword belongs to him.
Two decorative columns hold classical busts, one adorned with beads around its neck. A classic Gibson girl framed picture hangs on the wall.
In front of the display two fencing swords are crossed and two fencing masks sit behind the swords, one of which is upended. I suspect the cat! Most surprising is the rumpled rug. Again I suspect the cat, sitting in blurry elegance on a pillow in the cozy corner.
The second picture shows a large portrait of Mayme’s parents in the mid-1860s shortly before their wedding. A restored version of that picture hangs in my stairwell. Another framed family portrait is displayed as well, with the busy cat on another column stand. A decorative cloth is arranged on the hearth and more photos reflected in the mirror.
The vase was a wedding gift. That vase still survives. I remember it in my home from childhood. My mother hated the vase when she was a little girl and tried to break it. Fortunately, it survived the attack and has graced a home in our family ever since.
I’ve always enjoyed these pictures and the little peek into my grandparents’ lives at the beginning of the last century.
I’m grateful that my mother saved them and took the time to tell me about it and add little notes for