Walt Marries Lillian Bounds
Roy and his longtime sweetheart, Edna, were wed on April 11, 1925, and soon afterward, Walt and Lilly decided to follow in line and get married as well. The wedding, on July 13, 1925, was held at the home of Lilly’s uncle in Lewiston, Idaho, where most of Lillian’s family lived. He was the town fire chief.
Lilly, her sister Hazel, and her niece, Marjorie, took the long trip to Idaho in part by train and in part by boat. Walt arrived separately, and the family (almost entirely Lilly’s) thoroughly enjoyed the event. Lilly was dressed in lavender, and, the family story goes, she giggled through much of the wedding.
“She always giggled when she was nervous,” said Marjorie. The wedding ring may not have been spectacular -- it was white gold with a half dozen very tiny diamonds in it -- but for Walt at the time, it must have felt like a grand piece of jewelry.
After the wedding, Walt and Lilly had a honeymoon at Mt. Rainier National Park. On their way home, they stopped in Portland to visit Walt’s parents, Flora and Elias, and his sister, Ruth, and then they took a pleasant steamer boat ride back to Los Angeles. When they arrived in August, they moved into a small $40-a-month apartment, and Lilly pretty much gave up her job (though she would sometimes help out in the studio if needed.)