The long courtship of Byron and Pat Smith

September 20, 2013 • Local News

Pat Smith, 86, holds a photo of her late husband, Byron, from his days in the military. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)

It was 1943. England’s WWII had been going on for nearly four years, and although it impacted the country as a whole, there were some who took the less-than-ideal circumstances and found a silver lining within the chaos.

Pat Smith was one such person.

Being only 12 when the war broke out, Smith was not as distraught as her older sister. But when 1943 rolled around, her world —unbeknownst to her at the time — was forever changed.

Her family owned a small pub, The Seven Stars, and although women weren’t typically allowed to run them (“When men Login to read more

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