There were 38,716 marriages in 1938, including that between German circus performer and lion tamer Alfred Kaden, then 35, and Vera Husing (nee Ludtke), 25, a poet. At the time, a Glasgow newspaper report (see the clipping below) described Husing as ‘vivacious, flaxen-haired and handsome’ and said she had ‘won distinction by her poems and songs’.
Husing was the daughter of Albert Ludtke, a German landowner, and Natalie Zielinski. The parties were both divorcees, and were married by declaration in a Glasgow lawyer’s office, under a licence of the Sheriff of Glasgow.
One of the two witnesses at the marriage was John Smith Clarke, a radical politician and newspaper editor based in Glasgow, who had begun his career as a lion tamer. On 10 December 1937, when travelling to Glasgow, Vera Husing escaped unscathed from the railway crash at Castlecary Station, in which 35 people were killed and 179 people were injured.
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Statutory marriage record for Alfred Kaden and Vera Husing
Newspaper report on the wedding - The Dundee Courier, 6 January 1938.
Image of the newspaper clipping courtesy and copyright of The British Newspaper Archive.