|Frances and Betty Isbell, with an unidentified friend |
and Jane McSpadden, far right
She: Today I met the most handsome older man. Well, at least he was older to me...10 years older than I. His name is Allen and he is working this summer as a lifeguard at Myrtle Beach. We are spending some time here with our friends, the McSpaddens. Mr. McSpadden and my father are in the same business, and are cotton brokers. The McSpaddens own a hotel in Myrtle Beach and running it takes up their whole summer. Turns out Allen, who is 25, is in the cotton business, too, because his father died and Allen took over for him. (That's why he can lifeguard and hang out at the beach in the summer... It's "low season" in the cotton broker world.) Allen went to Chapel Hill and was thinking about a career in business, but he really wanted to explore his passion for flying, or so he said. I guess he won't have that chance now. I know I am too young for someone like him, but he sure is handsome! (And you wouldn't believe all the girls who clamor for his attention!!)
|Betty and Allen|
The Rest of the Story
Allen did become an airline pilot and not only loved what he did, but was well respected in the industry, serving on a variety of committees and safety commissions. Betty went on to college and then moved to New York in the 1940's. Allen was living in New York at the time, too, and they saw each other on and off. Later they dated on a more regular basis and on March 1, 1958 they were married. He was 44 and she was 34. It was the first and only marriage for each and they had a wonderful life together... See this blog post from September for more!