Friends meeting features Weatherly

From Press Reports


The regular monthly meeting of Friends of the Library in Eupora will be Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m.

Ellen Randolph Weatherly of Starkville will present “The Captain and His Lady,” in which she shares the letters her parents penned to each other, complete with all the essential elements necessary in a spellbinding love story.

The letters include commentaries involving historical events, political elections, pioneer history, humorous happenings and life during the period of 1924.

That year, Army Capt. George N. Randolph, who was stationed at Camp Gaillard in the Panama Canal Zone, sat at his desk and began writing his first love letter to Ruth Morrison, a woman he had fallen in love with at first sight. Being a military man, he began expressing himself in a definite, precise manner.

The recipient of his letter was the principal of the English-speaking school of Gatun, in the Canal Zone. She immediately replied to his letter in her own softer, more descriptive manner. Thus began their love story.

Compiled exactly as they were written, the letters, and accompanying photographs, not only paint a picture of the times, but also narrate the tale of an enduring love story.

Weatherly taught elementary school for 15 years and then served as an administrative secretary at Mississippi State University for 13 years. Now retired, she lives in her childhood home of Starkville with her husband of 53 years. They have grown daughters and three grandchildren.

On Monday, a light lunch will be available afterward for a nominal fee. Everyone is invited to attend.