THORPE WEDDING PARTY
Iva Margaret Miller first met Jim Thorpe as a student at Carlisle, where she was known as "the prettiest girl at Carlisle." Her relatives emphasized their white blood, even though Iva was able to get a free education by claiming her Cherokee ancestry. She graduated before Thorpe went to the Olympics, and the two kept up a correspondence, although her family was opposed to her forming an attachment to an Indian.
When Thorpe signed with the Giants, he had enough money to marry. He proposed to Iva and was accepted. Their wedding, on October 13, 1913, was held in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle. Iva was given away by Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman. Jim was 25 and Iva 20. Their friend and former teacher the Reverend Mark Stock officiated. Gus Welch, seen to the left of Thorpe, a close friend and a former rival for Iva, was Jim's best man. Soon after the wedding Jim and Iva embarked on a round-the-world tour with Thorpe's new baseball team, the New York Giants.