Duchess_SMK    
 6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

Jul 13, 2013 11:10 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, July 13th, 1925: Walt Disney marries Lillian Marie Bounds at Lewiston's Espiscopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho.

Since Lillian's father is deceased, her Uncle who is chief of the Lewiston Fire Department gives her away. Reverend D.J.W. Somerville performs the ceremony and Lillian's sisters, Hazel Sewell and Sydney Bounds, are the witnesses.

The Newlyweds met at work when Lillian moved to LA in 1923. She was hired at Walt Disney Studios as a inker of animated cels and secretary. Walt and Lillian had two children, Diane Marie Disney and Sharon Mae Disney who was adopted.

Below is a photo from July 13, 1955, just four days before the official opening of Disneyland. A 30th anniversary party for the two love birds was held at the Golden horseshoe. Three hundred guests were invited. A few of the guests in attendance, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant. Guests were chauffeured down main street U.S.A in horse-drawn surreys down to Frontierland where they boarded the Mark Twain and sipped on mint julieps. Next, they were treated to the very first, but unofficial, performance of the Golden Horseshoe Revue.

Today would have been their 88th wedding anniversary! :)

In 1957 (supposedly) The petrified tree stump was installed in Frontierland near the ROA. (although I have found a few sites that waiver on the exact date)
Originally purchased in 1956 as a 31st anniversary gift for Lillian, it was reported that she was quoted as saying it was "too big for the mantle." ::giggles:: Unsure what to do with it, she donated it to the park.

I'm guessing it was really Walt that wanted the tree for himself. ;)
The original tree was from the Pike Petrified forest in Colorado and was estimated to be 200' tall.

The plaque in front of the tree reads:

"PETRIFIED TREE 
FROM THE
 PIKE PETRIFIED FOREST, COLORADO
 THIS SECTION WEIGHS FIVE TONS AND MEASURES 7 1/2 FEET
IN DIAMETER. THE ORIGINAL TREE, ESTIMATED TO HAVE
 BEEN 200 FEET TALL, WAS PART OF A SUB-TROPICAL FOREST
55 TO 70 MILLION YEARS AGO IN WHAT IS NOW COLORADO.
 SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT TO BE OF THE REDWOOD OF SEQUOIA
 SPECIES. DURING SOME PRE HISTORIC ERA A CATACLYSMIC 
UPHEAVAL CAUSED SILICA LADEN WATER TO OVER SPREAD
 THE LIVING FOREST. WOOD CELLS WERE CHANGED DURING THE
 COURSE OF TIME TO SANDSTONE. OPALS WERE FORMED
 WITHIN THE TREE TRUNK ITSELF. PRESENTED TO DISNEYLAND
 BY 
MRS. WALT DISNEY
 SEPTEMBER, 1957"

Again, I'm unsure why the plaque says September, perhaps someone here knows? Perhaps it is the day it was officially presented to Lillian in the park? Still very interesting on this special day for Walt and Lillian.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks, as always for reading!

Websites referenced:
thisdayindisneyhistory.com
disneylove.com
disneyparks.disney.go.com
davelandweb.com

Tagged in: Disney History  
Great job SMK, it's amazing that they pulled off a party like that four days before the Park opened. - Admin 11:30AM
Thanks Admin! Right?! Quite impressive! I can imagine it was a pretty stressful week. ;) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:46AM
This is very nice! I love to hear about the Walt and Lillian history. Thanks, Duchess! - debbiev  1170.7 #151 11:22AM
Thanks Debbiev! Me too! So romantic. :) Even with a dead tree. LOL - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:36AM
Haha, a very romantic dead tree! - debbiev  1170.7 #151 2:53PM
Wow luv this piece of history. Thanks for sharing. Just made me wish they were still here with us celebrating. - iLOVELUCYnDISNEY  951.4 #196 11:29AM
Wouldn't that be wonderful! ::sigh:: 💏I'm glad you enjoyed the read! Thanks for letting me know. 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:05PM
Always luv ur post. Thanks - iLOVELUCYnDISNEY  951.4 #196 1:49PM
Yay! Some Frontierland history! - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 11:29AM
teehee! I figured you would like this one. ;) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:34PM
This is awesome. Thanks! - widowtallan  288.1 #989 11:45AM
My pleasure! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:34PM
I Luv The Great History Lesson Especially When It Includes Walt. Thanks Duchess smk - gonzofam  303.5 #889 11:46AM
You're so welcome. Really happy you enjoy these! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:34PM
thats the least that we all can say is thank you cause I know it takes a lot of work to dig into Disney history - gonzofam  303.5 #889 3:50PM
Thanks for sharing! - goofygal  11004.0 #7 12:02PM
:) You bet! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:35PM
Wow what a time it must have been. Great place to celebrate 30 years. I'm guessing you are right about the tree, Walt probably liked it so much he was sure Lillian would too. I would also speculate the plaque reads September due to Lillian taking a few months to figure the best way to get "rid of it" without offending Walt. Thank you Duchess. - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 1:15PM
I don't know many women who could appreciate a petrified tree...I'm thinking it may have been a sort of gag gift. Teehee. Thank YOU Sir! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:42PM
I love this post...always great info, Duchess! 👍👏 - GheeButtersnaps  377.6 #597 1:18PM
Based on some of the gifts I've received from my husband....yeah, tree. Not so bad! 😂😂😂. Thanks for another great history post! - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 1:19PM
What a sweet love story. Whenever I am in the Golden Horseshoe I always think of them and that amazing party! - adisneyfamily  1003.9 #187 1:37PM
Aww!! Happy Annaverary Walt and Lillian!!! - PixiePirateMaid  345.5 #690 1:50PM
Really enjoyed reading this! As always, thank you for sharing this. - lotusflow3r  172.3 #2368 2:17PM
Thanks for this! The petrified tree is so cool. - missariel33  2115.5 #72 2:27PM
If I were a prehistoric tree, I would've wanted to be petrified so that I could spend the rest of my days at Disneyland. I ask people to take a picture of the stump at sunset and they cannot find it. - Midasgold  633.3 #318 3:19PM
I would hate to play Disney trivia with you - philliprocks  1319.2 #132 3:26PM
Ooh not me...as long as she was on my team, of course! ;) - MissAmericaSings  405.9 #553 3:38PM
Dang it! I should have gotten married today not August 17! We could have had the same wedding anniversary! 😍 Thanks for Sharing lovely! 😘 - CourtyAstroBlisters  784.0 #236 3:33PM
Same anniversary would have been cool.... maybe you can plan having children on his birthday😊 - HalfCaff  518.2 #402 3:45PM
it's actually me and thomasOmalley s anniversary of our 1st date. ;) I always thought that was neat. Can't WAIT to see you walk down the aisle cab! xx - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:52PM
What a beautiful love story! Really made me smile, thanks Duchess! 💗 - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 3:33PM
When I went on the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour our guide said there had been some sort of gem stone in the tree. If I remember correctly the gems were opals, and that was the real gift. - meowmixx619  300.3 #915 12:42AM
Aha, that makes sense. - NellTinkerBell  322.8 #792 12:50AM
Tips hat, bows and says "Thank you! I learn something new every day!" - Boundin  712.2 #272 12:04AM

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