116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
It was a Saturday - March 2, 1935 - that the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported artists Grant Wood and Sara Sherman Maxon were to be married that night in Minneapolis.
Maxon was at least seven years older than Wood - who was 44 at the time - and an artist in her own right, as well as a singer, teacher and pioneer in regional music.
The two were married at the home of Maxon's son and daughter-in-law with no guests in attendance.
Both had been born in Jones County, and Maxon had two sisters in Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Edward W. Haman and Mrs. Glenn Averill.
Recent publications have debated the circumstances around Wood's short-lived and perhaps platonic marriage, but we know their friends disapproved of the union.
Shortly after the marriage, Wood left his comfortable home at 5 Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. The couple bought and renovated a home at 1142 E. Court St. in Iowa City. Just seven months after the marriage, Wood's mother, Hattie. died.
Wood and Maxon divorced in 1939 after less than four
years of marriage. Wood died of cancer a few years later, in 1942, at age 50.
Tara Templeman is curator at The History Center. Comments: email@example.com