The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

Mar. 30, 1946 - Syracuse Herald Journal (NY)

Finger Lakes Country Pleases English Ride

AUBURN -- The cleanliness of Auburn, its frame instead of stone houses, and its hospitality are the three things which most astonish the first war bride to reach here from overseas. Mrs. John W. Lavarnway of Bristol, England, and her 13-months old daughter Mary, arrived yesterday from New York, where her boat docked with other war brides. Today, with her husband, she is with Mr. and Mrs. John B. Lavarnway, the husband’s parents at 43 Grant Ave.

The English girl expressed delight at the Ideal weather and the beautiful countryside of the Finger Lakes region. Its serene beauty, contrasted with bomb-torn Bristol, is striking, she said, New York’s skyscrapers astounded her.

The Auburn soldier and the English girl were married in the Catholic Cathedral in Bristol. The husband once played basketball with the University of Toronto team and was selected on this year’s Auburn All-Star mythical five. He is employed in the chemical laboratory of the Columbian Rope Company.

Mary Lavarnway and her daughter Mary arrived onboard the SS Washington on Mar. 26, 1946

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