Webster Girl Who Eloped in 1927 Weds in Arizona
Miss Katherine Morton Marries Fellow Student with Parents’ Consent.
The marriage of Miss Katherine Ysabel Morton and Mitchell D. Follansbee, Jr., of Chicago, in Tucson, Ariz., March 2, was announced yesterday by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stratford Lee Morton of 107 Joy avenue, Webster Groves.
Mr. and Mrs. Morton were in Florida when they received a wire from their daughter of her marriage plans. The parents wired back their consent, Morton said.
Elopement Was Stopped.
Miss Morton, who is 18, attracted attention when she and Robert McKittrick Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKittrick Jones of Clayton, eloped to Chicago, November 8, 1927. They were stopped by Chicago police at the request of their parents, and Jones and Morton went to Chicago and returned with the young couple.
Miss Morton was then a student at the John Burroughs School., and young Jones, a former student at the school, was then a freshman at Harvard.
Last summer Miss Morton spent her vacation on a ranch in the West and became interested in mining engineering. Last fall she obtained the consent of her parents to study engineering at the University of Arizona.
Follansbee, 23 years old, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell D. Follansbee of Chicago. His father is a prominent attorney there, a past president of the Chicago Bar Association and had also been a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University.
Young Follansbee attended Harvard University for three years and is now completing a course in mining engineering at the University of Arizona. He expects to take a position with an Arizona mining concern following his graduation.
The young couple first became acquainted as students at the university.
Parents Gave Consent.
Mr. and Mrs. Morton were surprised by their daughter’s announcement of her plans to marry. But as Miss Morton had passed her eighteenth birthday and since they approved of her future, they gave their consent. The wedding was originally planned for last Wednesday, but was advanced to March 2, the date of Mr. and Mrs. Morton’s wedding anniversary.
Follansbee and Mrs. Follansbee are still pursuing their studies, and Mr. and Mrs. Morton plan to visit them this spring.
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