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Mystery solved! Couple claims lost wedding photos

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  • Ann and Richard Langrill, the Glenview couple in this wedding reception picture found on a roadside, are in the process of recovering the keepsake photos from the Arlington Heights couple who found them.

       Ann and Richard Langrill, the Glenview couple in this wedding reception picture found on a roadside, are in the process of recovering the keepsake photos from the Arlington Heights couple who found them.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

The mystery of four wedding photos found by the side of the road has been solved.

Ann Langrill was shocked when she saw pictures of her and her husband, Richard, on the television news after the Daily Herald initially reported on the discovery.

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"I was doing the dishes and I looked up and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, that's me!' I couldn't believe it," said the Glenview resident. "I thought somebody stole my pictures. But they did not. They found them. It was exciting because we just came back from my son's wedding in California."

An Arlington Heights couple, Dawn and Chester Evans, found the photos at Wilke and Nichols roads while out walking on Memorial Day weekend. Among them was a portrait of the bride and groom on a staircase at their reception and another of the bride and other women in the wedding party.

Dawn Evans posted the photos on Facebook, but didn't get any nibbles as most of her Facebook friends are from the East Coast. She reached out to the Daily Herald for help spreading the word, so the photos were posted on the newspaper's Facebook page.

Ann and Richard Langrill were married Sept. 13, 1969, at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago. The couple had their reception at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston, which was pictured in one of the photos found.

Langrill said the photos were in an album she had given to her late mother, which after her death passed to her sister, Nancy Miller.

Miller is moving to Wisconsin and threw them away while cleaning house, she said.

"I'm disappointed, yes," said Langrill, but added that it won't cause a rift between sisters. "We understand it, and my sister understands that she made a mistake."

Langrill said she has spoken with Dawn Evans and is looking forward to getting her photos back, though she has an album just like the one she gave her mother.

"Apparently she found the whole album. These four (photos) were the only ones that survived the rain," Langrill said. "We're going to celebrate our 45th (anniversary) pretty soon so this was all just right on time," she said. "It's a good ending."

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