On the evening of September 10, 1947, 17-year-old Beverly Sharpman worriedly approached her mother and stated that she had something to tell her. While her mother made tea Beverly changed her mind and retired to bed without sharing the secret.
The next day she registered for senior classes at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School but was spotted later in the evening at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station carrying a suitcase.
A telegram sent from the station’s Western Union reached the Sharpman’s home on Viola Street around 7:30 p.m.:
“Got married. Leaving town. Will not be back. Don’t worry. [signed] Babe.”