GREAT FALLS – Willie Locke Bell was at a movie theater in Lancaster when her boyfriend, Derry Tidwell, and his cousin came to the theater for Tidwell to sweep her off her feet.
Tidwell purposed to find the young girl he wanted to make his wife.
He was successful in his Saturday, July 11, 1934, endeavor.
Bell, then 17, and Tidwell had been romancing one another for a while.
They didn’t get to date but they’d write love letters to express their intimate feelings.