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The wedding is taking place at the Bevier Baptist Church.

Hazel is getting ready at home. She’s adjusting her veil in front of her mother’s dresser. She’s going to make a beautiful bride!


I’m sure she adhered to the old rule of not seeing the groom on the day of the wedding until he sees you coming down the aisle.

Hazel’s father, Vern, all spit-shined and dressed up, walks her down the aisle, to give his daughter away to the love of her life.


Someone in the crowd snapped a candid of this moment. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe the chap captured in the forefront of this photo is the boyfriend of Hazel’s only female classmate, Opal Smith.


I’ll have more wedding pictures for you tomorrow!

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October 2, 1954

Got my hair fixed at Macon today. All K.C. company is here. We practiced at the church tonite. I guess everything will be o.k. Tonite I’m ending my diary, cause I don’t want to write anymore after I’m married. I hope all my children read this & I hope they have as much fun in their teens as I have. Bye – Hazel

Well, there you have it. It’s the end of the diary. Doesn’t that bring tears to your eyes? Or is that just me, because it’s my mother?

What a sweet note to write. A note to her future children, wishing them fun-filled teenage years like she had.

What a wonderful way to end the diary. On the eve of her wedding.

While I really wish she had kept on writing, it’s nice to have the finality of her story, knowing that she ended it where she wanted to, instead of just trailing off without warning. I love the note she left. It’s a personal note to me and my sister and my brothers. Before she even knew there would be a me and my sister and my brothers.

I know my sister and I have read every word of the diary. I hope our two brothers have, too. They have no excuse not to, right?

Tomorrow is the wedding, and she’s as ready as she’s going to be. Relatives have come in from Kansas City for the big day, she’s got her hair fixed, and they’ve had their rehearsal. I guess everything will be OK.

Over the next few days here on the blog, I’ll show you the wedding pictures, and tell you all about it. So stay tuned. There’s gonna be a wedding!

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Dale came up tonite & we went to see Bro. Lewis but he wasn’t home so went on to drive-in. Marciano won the fight tonite. Our little dog is so cute.

Trying to catch the pastor at home so they can finalize plans for the upcoming wedding, but not having much luck.

The big fight finally happened tonight. You can see from this photo of the event’s program that it was actually scheduled for the 15th, but only just happened today.


Marciano won by a knockout in the 8th round. You can watch the highlights of the fight HERE.

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Stayed home tonite. We T.V. girls sing at Bevier at Congregational church on Fri. aft.noon. There is so much going on I’m almost sick. Some Communists shot up some Senotors today in Wash. D.C.

The TV girls are quite popular — having to make appearances all over — they’re in demand! Oh, the price of fame — it’s making her sick.

Hazel’s synopsis of today’s news is a little off, but there was indeed a shooting spree in the Capitol building on this day. Four Puerto Rican nationalists entered the Ladies Gallery with guns, and fired 29 rounds into the House chamber where more than 240 congressmen were debating an immigration bill. They later claimed they were not shooting directly at people, rather just firing their guns into the chamber (even aiming at the ceiling), and therefore, only five people were injured, and no one was killed in the attack. The four attackers, led by a 34-year-old woman named Lolita Lebron, were arrested without further incident.

There is a good article from the Washington Post magazine from 2004, detailing Lolita’s life and the attack. You can read that HERE.

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