By Kelli Wiese


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Way before Karen Carpenter serenaded brides and grooms, the platters were motivating couples down the aisle and even before that in the 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s you could get a marriage license 24- 7 and you didn’t have to worry about going to the chapel.

Carolyn Holt is the curator of the Rockwall Historical Museum. She says Mrs. Mildred Barnes was the Justice of the Peace and when she took over for her husband after he passed, she married as many as fifteen couples in a weekend.

One of only a few women who served as a Justice of the Peace at the time…she married over 6,000 couples between 1952 and 1957.

But the 24-7 wedding business did come to an end with new rules limiting wedding business operations to regular hours – and mandated that they close at 5:00 p.m.

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