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  • 100 years later, couple vowed to honor tradition

  • On precisely the 12th second of 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012, Danette Dunn and Paul Hart repeated Dunn family history — they got married.
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  • On precisely the 12th second of 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012, Danette Dunn and Paul Hart repeated Dunn family history — they got married.
    Dunn's great-grandparents, Samuel and Elsie (Moore) Shineman, were married 100 years ago at 12 p.m. Dec. 12, 1912, in Cawker City, Kan., and remained married 62 years. Dunn was just a year old when the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1962.
    "It's nice to start a family tradition," Hart, 47, said after the ceremony. "I'm hoping one of the great-grandchildren get married on 12/12/2112."
    The ceremony was officiated by Judge Joe Charter at the Jackson County Justice Court in Central Point. Hart's son, James, 19, and Dunn's daughter, Emily, 28, were witnesses. By 12:15:58 p.m., the marriage was official.
    12/12/12 is the last sequential date on the modern calendar for a century. Hart and Dunn, 51, made the decision to marry on that day earlier this year. Before that, they had encouraged other family members to book the date, but to no avail.
    "We said, 'Well, if nobody else does it, we'll do it,'" Dunn said.
    It was a surprise to the couple's children.
    "They'd joked about it before," Emily Dunn Palmer said.
    Hart and Dunn's was the only wedding booked Wednesday at Charter's court, however. Last year's date of Nov. 11, 2011, seemed to be more popular, likely because it fell on a Friday, he said. Charter performed four weddings in a row that day.
    "That was a busy day," Charter said.
    He added he's performed a wedding on a Friday the 13th, which was just a coincidence, and another on Sept. 10, 2011 (9/10/11). He didn't have a booking on June 6, 2006 (6/6/6), and has none booked up for the Mayan calendar's end on Dec. 21.
    Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker said Wednesday wasn't a popular date for weddings on her end, either.
    "I've had no appointments today at all," Walker said early Wednesday afternoon.
    Coincidentally, the day still is a special one for her, Walker said. Her grandmother's birth date is Dec. 12, 1941, making her the first baby to be born in Jackson County after World War II started.
    Though not superstitious, Hart and Dunn certainly consider 12/12/12 a lucky day, based on the long life Dunn's great-grandparents spent together.
    "It worked for them," she said.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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