Friday, July 8, 2016

Channel Cat Tales: Flood Can't Stop Cupid

Channel Cat Tales Vincennes Sun Commercial May 23, 1943


George Field Lieut. William McCarthy, postmaster at George Field’s Army Flying School, refused to let a flood stop him from getting an appointment to get married tonight – even though his bride had to be convoyed to him by the post commandant in an amphibious jeep.

In keeping with the tradition that the mails must go through, rain or snow – a tradition instilled in McCarthy during a quarter century of post office experience – the Lieut. and his bride, Miss Ethel Cutting of Allston, Massachusetts, overcame a flood and exchanged marital vows on schedule in the post chapel.

Col. Edwin Bobzien, post commandant piloted the amphibious jeep that brought Ms. Cutting and her attendant, Mrs. George Gallagher of Lawrenceville, across the flood caused by the swollen Wabash River. Chaplain George W. MacHugh performed the Catholic ceremony.

A temporary bridal suite was arranged for the couple at the post hospital, inasmuch as the field was marooned by the flood.

Miss Cutting is a graduate of a Newton, Massachusetts, girls’ school, and Lieut. McCarthy attended Harvard University. He is a veteran of World War I, has been in the post office department since 1918 and has been postmaster at George Field since November, 1942. Since the field has been surrounded by high waters, Lieut. McCarthy has been bringing in the mail from Lawrenceville by motor boat.

If you interested in more stories about the Floods of Lawrence County, you will definitely want to make plans to attend the Smithsonian Exhibit this Fall.  The  edition of the Snafu Flood book is being republished as well as a NEW Lawrence Lore Book featuring  water related stories.  If you want to preorder, as supplies for both will be limited, stop by the History Center, or Research Library.  

If you are  interested in other wedding stories that took place in Lawrence County we have that covered too!  We still have some of our award-winning Weddings Through the Ages books for sale.  These make great wedding shower gifts, or anniversary presents.  PLUS the sale of our books fund the Society's on-going projects.