How my Grandmother, Gladys McFarland met my Grandfather, Roosevelt Sanders:
My grandmother lived in Bee Branch, Arkansas. She went to Haytown, Missouri to pick cotton. She lived with her sister, Vanilla in a large community house which bordered cotton pickers. While she was picking cotton an young man introduced himself. He asked her to marry him. She said she was engaged. After the cotton picking season was over she went back home. The young man and she corresponded back and forth. He asked if she could visit her. She confided with her step-mother Mama T. Mama T said the visit should be okay with her father. Then she prayed to God and ask to see the man she should marry dress in white. When she dreamt she saw this young man dressed in all white. He wrote to her father and asked not only for a visit but her hand in marriage. He came on a Sunday afternoon and talked to her father. Or rather her father drilled him up and down. But he gave his consent. The next day, Monday, they went to Conway, Arkansas and was married by her cousin.
They moved to Haytown, Mo. and lived with his Mom. Gladys' brother, Vincent was living with his wife in St. Louis, Mo. He told Gladys that she should move there. But her husband mother was very sick and he did not want to leave her. So they decided that Gladys would stay and try out St. Louis for two months. After the two months Roosevelt put his mother in a home and moved to St. Louis with his wife, Gladys.