Friday, August 6, 2010

Jack Wrather & Molly O'Daniel Wrather

On July 31, 1941, Jack Wrather married Molly O'Daniel, the daughter of then Texas Governor Wilbert Lee (Pappy) O'Daniel. O’Daniel invited everyone in the state to come to the wedding at the Governor’s Mansion. A crowd estimated at 25,000 cheered as Molly and Jack took their vows. The brief marriage, produced two children, Jack D. III and Molly.

Today I am posting extremely rare pictures of Jack Wrather's first marriage ceremony. In fact, I would bet that these pictures have not been seen in almost 70 years! This post is for Molly Dolle the daughter of Jack and Mollie O'Daniel Wrather and I hope it brings a smile to her face.

Taking their vows

The Bride and Groom. What a beautiful couple!

   Cutting the cake.

With guests at the reception

Sharing the wedding cake

The Groomsmen....the only person I can identify is Jack's mother Mazie in the center of the photograph

First born child, Miss Molly Wrather with who I am guessing is Molly's mother

Hope you enjoyed these very rare photographs of the man who gave you the Disneyland Hotel.


mr wiggins said...

Thanks for posting these rare photos, Don!

For fans of the Disneyland Hotel in its pre-Downtown Disney years, the "Mazie's Pantry" deli-style restaurant (located in the Plaza Shops building) was named for Jack's mom.

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Mary-Margaret O'Brien said...

What happened to Jack Devereaux Wrather III? We were friends back in the 60's. Thank you.

Magical Hotel said...

Jack D Wrather III commited suicide some time in the 70's. I do not know the details.

Magical Hotel said...

Rest in peace Molly. You will be remembered.

eelnosleinad said...

Thank you for doing such a wonderful service in keeping the history of that era alive.
I would like to make one comment to set the historical record straight. Molly's mother (and mine) was Molly O'Daniel not Mollie O'Daniel. My mother would not be happy with the "ie" instead of "y" at the end of her name. Thank you.

Magical Hotel said...

I made the changes to the post. Thank you for pointing this out.