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Young Freighthoppers in Love

Iva Graves, 15, and her new husband William H. Graves, 21, dropped out of an empty freight car in the Minneapolis railroad yards in February, 1937. The two were on the first stage of their honeymoon which they expected would take them, by boxcar, to Chattanooga, where Iva’s relatives lived. After a walk in the loop they stopped a policeman and inquired the direction to the railroad yards of trains headed south. The policeman looked at the girl and when inquiry showed she was a bride, the policeman immediately recalled reading something in the paper about child brides and child marriages. He brought the Graves, along with William’s father William B. Graves, 60, to the city jail for questioning. After a round of questions, the three, who had come from Bemidji, were permitted to leave. They headed straight for the freight yards.

Photo from the Minneapolis Newspaper Photograph Collection at the Hennepin County Library.