In cataloging the book Constructive Anatomy, I was wondering how great a drawer Robert McKittrick Jones 2nd was. So I did a check on his past:
Fathers Silent About Katherine Morton, 16, and Robert McK. Jones, 18.
Katherine Morton and Robert McKittrick Jones, whose elopement to Toronto, Canada, was forestalled yesterday by Chicago police on information from the parents, were brought back to St. Louis today by their fathers, Stratford Lee Morton, 107 Joy avenue, Webster Groves, and Hugh McKittrick Jones of McKnight road, St. Louis County.
Neither father would discuss the elopement or future plans for the young students, except to remark that the youth of both was the only serious object to the marriage.
Robert is a Harvard freshman, 18 years old, and Katherine, 16, is a senior at the John Burroughs School, from which Robert was graduated last summer. They had been sweet hearts but chafed under parental restraint and decided on the elopement to Canada where they had planned to be married and to find employment.
Unbobbed Tresses Prove Her Undoing
Chicago. Nov. 10 1927.—The brown hair of Kathryn Morton. 16-year-old daughter of a wealthy St. Louis insurance man proved her undoing when she alighted from a train here with Robert McKittrick Jones, 18, Harvard freshman who intended to marry her. A detective, who had been notified of the couple's elopement, recognized the long-haired, unrouged girl instantly from the description of her. Jones, also the son of wealthy St. Louis parents, said they had decided to elope because, their parents would not let them marry at home. The fathers of the elopers claimed them at the police station last night and started back with them on the same train.
So Robert McKittrick Jones was shattered. The Constructive Anatomy book was brought with him from F. Weber Co. in St. Louis all the way to Harvard. A year and a half later, the final story came out:
Webster Girl Who Eloped in 1927 Weds in Arizona
The marriage of Miss Katherine Ysabel Morton and Mitchell D. Follansbee, Jr., of Chicago, in Tucson, Ariz., March 2, was announced yesterday by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stratford Lee Morton of 107 Joy avenue, Webster Groves.
Mr. and Mrs. Morton were in Florida when they received a wire from their daughter of her marriage plans. The parents wired back their consent, Morton said.
Elopement Was Stopped.
Miss Morton, who is 18, attracted attention when she and Robert McKittrick Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKittrick Jones of Clayton, eloped to Chicago, November 8, 1927. They were stopped by Chicago police at the request of their parents, and Jones and Morton went to Chicago and returned with the young couple.
Miss Morton was then a student at the John Burroughs School., and young Jones, a former student at the school, was then a freshman at Harvard.
Last summer Miss Morton spent her vacation on a ranch in the West and became interested in mining engineering. Last fall she obtained the consent of her parents to study engineering at the University of Arizona.
Follansbee, 23 years old, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell D. Follansbee of Chicago. His father is a prominent attorney there, a past president of the Chicago Bar Association and had also been a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University.
Young Follansbee attended Harvard University for three years and is now completing a course in mining engineering at the University of Arizona. He expects to take a position with an Arizona mining concern following his graduation.
The young couple first became acquainted as students at the university.
Parents Gave Consent.
Mr. and Mrs. Morton were surprised by their daughter’s announcement of her plans to marry. But as Miss Morton had passed her eighteenth birthday and since they approved of her future, they gave their consent. The wedding was originally planned for last Wednesday, but was advanced to March 2, the date of Mr. and Mrs. Morton’s wedding anniversary.
Follansbee and Mrs. Follansbee are still pursuing their studies, and Mr. and Mrs. Morton plan to visit them this spring
It seems that the clownish figure he drew was more like himself!