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These letters represent a small portion of the personal correspondence in HMCPL's Frank Gurley Hall Collection, which is partially digitized and housed in its entirety in the archives. Frank G. Hall was born on December 9th, 1894 and was the great-nephew of Confederate veteran Captain Frank B. Gurley. Frank Hall died on January 17, 1995.[1]

Vira Baldridge--later Vira Wise, then Davis--was born on February 9, 1902. She was the daughter of renowned Huntsville physician, Dr. Felix Edgar Baldridge, and Mrs. Alice Boarman Baldridge. Her mother was an outspoken suffragist, as well as the first woman in Huntsville elected to public office as a member of the Madison County School Board in 1916. Both Dr. and Mrs. Baldridge were educated in New Orleans, Dr. Baldridge at Tulane and Mrs. Baldridge at Sophie Newcomb College.[2]

Vira was accepted to Shipley Preparatory School, affiliated with Bryn Mawr, and attended classes there in 1919 and 1920, until she married her first husband, Louis Wise, and relocated back to Huntsville. In her letters to her friend Frank Hall, she paints a vivid and entertaining picture of her life as a young Southern woman adjusting to life as a student in a new part of the country.

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[1] Ancestry.com. Web: Alabama, Find A Grave Index, 1755-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi: accessed 18 January 2013.

[2] Craig, Ann Baldridge. "The Baldridge Family of Huntsville." The Huntsville Historical Review.

 
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