From 1915 to 1940, marriage in the City of Crown Point was big business. An estimated 175,000 couples were married at the historic Lake County Courthouse during those years.
Marriages were performed seven days a week, with no waiting period. The groom had to be at least 20, the bride 18, or you could have written or verbal consent from your parents.
The busiest years were from 1937 to 1940, due to the fact that the war scare was rushing couples to the altar. Wedding parties flocked to Crown Point by the bus load.
Local jewelers had one of the largest stocks of wedding rings in the country. And, if the jewelers were closed, the Justice of the Peace kept a large selection on hand as well.
In 1940, the Marriage Mill ended when Indiana passed a law requiring a blood test and a three-day waiting period.
Fast forward to today. Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce has kept this wonderful history alive. One couple every year weds on the steps of the Old Courthouse steps during the annual Marriage Mill Celebration.
Following the wedding ceremony, couples come together to restate their matrimonial vows. This year's event will take place at 6 p.m. June 22 during the Taste of the Region. Couples interested in having their wedding ceremony become part of the Marriage Mill Celebration should call Farren at (219) 663-1800. One couple will be selected.
GED testing dates
Merrillville Adult Education will offer GED testing April 2-3, April 23-24, May 7-8, and May 21-22. at Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Place.
The fee is $70 for the complete test and $14 per sub-test, payable in cash only. Registration is required at the Merrillville Adult Education Office, 6701 Delaware St., Administration Center, between the hours of 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Class size is strictly limited to 10. Call (219) 650-5310.
South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is has announced "Horizons" as the theme of its annual photography exhibit.
Horizons is defined as the apparent line that separates earth and sky, perspective, range of perception or experience and impending event, something about to happen. Subjects of the photos must also be geographically located with the area of the South Shore, from Chicago to New Buffalo, Michigan.
Photographers interested in participating can contact Andrea at (219) 554-2722.
Brownies spread warmth
Brownies Troop 127, second graders at St. Michael School in Schererville, recently presented blankets they made for patients at the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Dyer.
Troop leaders came up with the idea which resulted in 12 blankets, six blue and six pink, being crafted. The troop, together for three years, performs service other projects, too, helping elderly people with chores and walking dogs.
Sue Reed is president and CEO of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (219) 769-8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.