By Caroline Mann
For The Tuscumbian
My mother Lucy Allison, from Iowa met my father Harold Hughston from Tuscumbia during World War II in Naples, Italy. She only went to college one year at Iowa Wesleyn but was Homecoming Queen there! She left and went to business school and then went to help her country via the Red Cross. She was in the American Red Cross for two years and stationed at Airbase Capodochino close by. He was in the U.S Army as a member of Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). They were married in 1948 and moved back to Tuscumbia.
My mother was from Iowa but after marrying my father and moving to Tuscumbia, she loved it more than anyplace she had ever lived, she was a true convert. She studied the history, and loved the people and the area. The route she took getting here is just interesting. There is an old movie: IT STARTED IN NAPLES which I always thought described how they met.
Her letters I found after her death are amazing. She was a big journal and photo album keeper. Some look like a movie. She only went to college one year at Iowa Wesleyn but was Homecoming Queen there!