The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

The Marion Star, Marion, Ohio

Naturalization was important in '40s

Aug 2, 2009 Today our Sentimental Journey is taking us to May and June, 1949. Marion is growing in 1949, and I haven't turned 8 yet. So let's get into the Star.

From the Thursday, June 2, 1949, Star comes the news that six war brides received their citizenship today, along with four other new citizens. The article begins with the following: Ten persons, six of them war brides, became United States citizens today at brief ceremonies in the Marion County common pleas court. After final examination by a naturalization service officer who recommended they be granted citizenship, Common Pleas Judge Paul D. Smith in open court ordered they be given the oath of allegiance. They were sworn in shortly before 11 a.m. by Calvin Oborn, clerk of courts, with representatives of the William Hendricks Chapter of DAR presenting each with a flag and citizenship manual. Presentation was made by Mrs. K. B. Morgan, regent, of Morral and Mrs. Fanny Benson of Marion. Following the ceremony the new citizens were guests of Kiwanis President Ralph E. Carhart and Judge Smith at the weekly meeting of the club at the Hotel Harding. Granted citizenship were these war brides: Mrs. Fernanda Somville Weaver of 533 Mary Street, a native of Belgium and wife of Captain John B. Weaver, ORC unit instructor here; Mrs. Bessie Dolman Borge of Morral, a native of England; Mrs. Josette Marcel Davis of 440 Ballentine Avenue, a native of France; Mrs. Anna Nicolosi of 232 South Prospect Street, a native of Libya; Mrs. Ruth Jacqueline Harrel of Prospect, a native of Bermuda; and Mrs. Renee Dew, of 244 Madison Avenue, a native of Belgium.

The rest of the article maybe found on the Marion Star website.


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