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TODAY IN HISTORY
Edward Streeter Dies

March 31, 1976 – Famed American novelist and journalist, best known for the 1949 novel “Father of the Bride”, died at home today. He first wrote as a war correspondent and travel writer for the Buffalo Express. After being drafted in World War I, he grew in popularity and notoriety with his “Dere Mable” letters, a humorous column from an illiterate soldier writing home to a loved one. They were inspired by his experiences in the Army and in 1919 they were compiled into the books “Dere Mable” and “That’s me all over, Mable”.

His “Father of the Bride” was published in 1949 and was a bestseller that year. The following year, it was made into a movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy. His last novel was the grim semi-autobiographical “Ham Martin, Class of ’17.” (New York Times).

note: Streeter was a field artillery officer in World War I (A sample of his work is in the July-August 1918 issue of the FA Journal). You should also know that Paul "The rest of the story" Harvey appeared in the movie as the reverend.