The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

March 29, 1946 - Muskegon, Michigan

Muskegon Shops Paradise for
French Bride of John Crowell

Petit Gilberte Crowell, French bride of T/5 John H. Crowell, took Muskegon -- her new home -- to her heart this week after arriving here with her husband by air from New York.

To the vivacious French girl, who remembers little more than the hardships forced on her and her family by Nazi occupation from the time she was 12 years old, Muskegon, with its comparatively well-stocked shops seemed like a paradies.

The dismal appearance of Western avenue as a result of the Hardy fire was scarcely noticed by Gilberte, whose own home was bombed by the Germans. Then, too, Gilberte's big dark eyes were busy taking in all the things she saw in shop windows... things she scarely remembers, like pretty dresses and shoes, pastries and other good foods.

But while Gilberte is having one of the thrills of here life, the family of the Muskegon soldier, including his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Crowell, 491 W. Grand avenue, and eight brothers and sisters, all married, are delighted with Gilberte.

"She's a wonderful girl," they say.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Farge, of St. Dennis, France, Gilberte admitted that it had been very difficult leaving her family.

"My father wept on so much, and it hurt me deeply," she said. Her father was a high ranking officer in the French army during World War I and her two brothers served the French army during the last war.

"If only they could be here to see all this," she says pensively. Gilberte speaks fluent English, having been educated in Paris.

Crowell, who formerly lived at Dyersburg, Tenn., is working at Campbell, Wyant and Cannon company. He and Gilberte will make their home at 491 W. Grand avenue.

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