Oh, Deer!

bHORNBY John BUTZ Mollie

I looked at this vintage photograph and my eye was immediately drawn to Mollie’s expression and then to Johnnie’s pipe.  My husband picked it up and said “an albino deer.”  I hadn’t noticed the deer. haha!

Mollie Butz and Johnnie Hornby Jr. were married on Christmas Eve in 1922 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  John was a shoe salesman at Wells & Frost. Mollie, who graduated from the Nebraska School of Business, worked at the city courthouse in the assessor’s office.

bBUTZ Mollie

By 1943 the two were living in Lincoln at 3622 Mohawk.  You can see the house numbers in the above photo so we know Molly was standing in front of her home.

Five years after this photo was taken Mollie took ill, and on June 22, 1949, at the age of 44, she died. According to friends of the couple, John was despondent after Mollie’s death.  Five months later, John took his own life.

1949 Nov 25 HORNBY John OBIT The Lincoln Star Lincoln NE
Nov. 25, 1949 ~ The Lincoln Star (NE)

John had the words “I love you sweetheart” inscribed on Mollie’s headstone.  John was buried by Mollie’s side in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

Sources:
Census records
Find a Grave
Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska
The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

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