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Oswald widow made 'hectic' trip to Texoma to re-marry


GRAYSON COUNTY -- The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is approaching.

As one of the most scrutinized events in U.S. history, it's difficult to believe that new details about anything surrounding his death exist, especially ones with ties to Texoma.

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Inside the Grayson County courthouse, filed away among hundreds of thousands of documents dating back more than a century is a marriage license for Marina Oswald, widow of Lee Harvey Oswald.

The license shows Marina married her current husband Kenneth Porter on June 1, 1965, about a year and seven months after Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy. Two days later, Oswald was also killed.

Nancy Ferris, curator of Three Valley Museum in Durant has obtained a copy of an Associated Press news report published at the time Marina remarried. The report is dated June 2, 1965.

"Kind of a unique piece of history," Ferris said.

According to the AP copy, the ceremony followed a hectic day that began in Durant, where many lovebirds in Texas went to wed to avoid a three-day waiting period.

"They got their blood test here but were unable to marry because the paparazzi chased them back into Texas," Ferris said.

According to the AP report, "A Dallas reporter and photographer, tipped about the wedding plans, started following the couple at 6am Tuesday as they began a 90-mile drive to Durant. Newsmen lost the trail, however, as the party doubled back to Sherman for the marriage license."

Obtaining a marriage license in Grayson County doesn't mean Marina Oswald got married there. Under Texas law, the wedding can take place in any county in the state.

On the same day the marriage license and certificate were issued in Sherman, Kenneth Porter and Marina Oswald Porter were wed by a justice of the peace in the town of Fate, Texas, east of Rockwall.

While the wedding does not have to happen in county where the license is issued, the document itself must be signed by a justice of the peace and returned to the county the license was issued.

According to Marina's marriage license, the signed certificate was returned to the Grayson County courthouse on June 7, 1965, seven days after the license was obtained. The document does not specify whether it was returned in person or by mail.

Kenneth Porter and Marina Oswald Porter remain married.

The wedding ring Marina gave Lee Harvey Oswald is being sold tonight at auction.

UPDATE: DALLAS (AP) — Lee Harvey Oswald's gold wedding band has sold at auction for $108,000.

RR Auction said the ring sold to a buyer from Texas who wished to remain anonymous. The ring that once belonged to the assassin of President John F. Kennedy was among almost 300 items linked to Kennedy's life and death that went up for auction Thursday in Boston.

Nov. 22 is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 assassination of Kennedy in downtown Dallas.

Oswald left the ring in a cup on the dresser on the morning of the assassination. After being turned over to the Secret Service, it spent decades in the files of a Fort Worth lawyer before being returned to his widow. She agreed to put it up for auction.