, Feb. 25 1917 – Today, Miss Lucille Whittier became the
bride of Mr Stanley Gates at a ceremony performed at the Whittier
Mansion. They were attended by Miss Phyllis Whittier as maid of
honour, sister of the of the bride, and Mr Thomas ‘Tommy’ Colbeck
as best man, fellow graduate and good friend of the happy couple.
The bride donned a blond lace and slate chiffon gown.
The pair graduated from the University of Mississippi’s class of
1916 last summer. They were each part of the Delta Gamma sorority
and Kappa Sigma fraternity and met in their first year at the college.
After a brief honeymoon the Ole Miss alumni will make their home
in downtown Jackson.
Second Lieutenant Stanley Grant
First Division, 16th Infantry
American E.F. France
Sunday 15 July 1917
Dearest Sweetheart Stanley,
How lovely it was to receive news from you at last! It relieves me
greatly to hear that you’re alive and well.
I apologise that I did not thank you for the straw boater you left
me! Mother visited yesterday and she let me know that it is indeed a
fine and expensive hat. I shall wear it everywhere I go and speak of
the handsome gentleman who gave it to me whenever it garners a
compliment. All the better that it is a cream ribbon that hugs the
crown of the hat – this will go nicely with any of my dresses and
matches perfectly with the diamond hatpins you gave me many
How I long for you to fill the cold and empty space on your side
of the bed. I comfort myself with the thought that every night I that
endure your absence and pray for your safe return, I am one day
closer to having you in my arms again. Be careful, my love, and do
not forget the girl who is waiting for you in Jackson.
Wed In Jackson