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Billie Silvey
A 40s
Romance
Cecil LaRoe Wesley, a pilot in the U. S. Army Air
Corps, was born and grew up in the tiny town of
Happy, Texas.  He began dating Miss Clara June
Huxford, who had grown up just 15 miles away in
the larger town of Tulia, Texas.  On June 13, 1941,
he proposed to her in Breckenridge Park in San
Antonio, Texas, while he was stationed at
Randolph Field. They were typical of many young
people of their era.
They were married on September 21, 1941, in the Sun Room of
the Egyptian Apartments in Denver, Colorado, where Cecil was
stationed at Lowry Field.  The young couple lived in the Egyptian
Apartments about two blocks from the capitol building.  The
photo shows them with the groom’s mother, Ms. Ethel
Wesley, and the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville
Huxford.
On December 1, 1941, they
moved to an apartment in
Sacramento, California.  
Nearby Mather Field had been
expanded and became a
training base for single-engine
pilots and navigators.  Prized
possessions were a lamp of
blue tinted glass in the shape of
an airplane mounted on a silver
frame and the 1939 Chevy the
bride’s father gave them
for a wedding gift.
The couple relaxes in the evening
in matching striped pajamas.  
Cecil, who loves to read, is
wearing a satin smoking jacket,
not uncommon among leading men
in the movies of the era.  June,
who wears a robe her husband
bought her, is feeling pensive.  Itâ
€™s the first time she’s been
so far from the family she grew up
with in Texas.
On December 7, 1941, June and Cecil
invited two service men to their
apartment for lunch.  June’s
mother had taught her to entertain
graciously.  They managed to stay
away from the radio until about 5:00 p.
m., when all three men had to return to
the base.  Pearl Harbor had been
bombed! The U. S. was at war!
Cecil helps trim their first
Christmas tree, an attempt at
normalcy amid reports of
friends and neighbors being
shot down over the Pacific.
They open their gifts on
Christmas morning, including
family photos, handcrafted
doilies and a pillow, “his�
and “hers� towels, a
standing ashtray and a lamp.
They moved to a house in Mather
Field Base Housing, where they lived
until 1944.  When food was short
because of wartime rationing, Cecil
and his friends caught fish in the
American River.
On their first anniversary, September
21, 1942, a daughter, Billie Ethelyn
Wesley, was born at Sutter Maternity
Hospital.  She was the first native
Californian in either family.
Headlines of the 40s
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