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Treasures of the Digital Archives: Marriage Records

1913 Marriage Record, Spokane Marriage Records, Washington State Archives – Digital Archives.  Original record held at the Washington State Archives – Eastern Regional Branch in Cheney, WA.

1913 Marriage Record, Spokane Marriage Records, Washington State Archives – Digital Archives. Original record held at the Washington State Archives – Eastern Regional Branch in Cheney, WA.

A scanning project at the Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives turned up this unusual marriage record from 1913 between King Corn & Queen Alfalfa. “King Corn” is entered as a resident of Spokane, age 17, race as “White Dent,” and occupation as “Building up the Community.” “Queen Alfalfa” was 16, a resident of Yakima, her race was “Green” and her occupation was “Helping King Corn.” Research by Lee Pierce, Archives Assistant, revealed that the marriage license was part of a publicity stunt for a local agricultural fair. Click here to explore thousands of Washington marriage records online at the Washington State Archives, or contact our State Archives research team at research@sos.wa.gov.