Mattie Ketcham's newspaper wedding photo
On March 10, 1914, Lewis married Miss Mattie Ketcham, in St. Louis.
The union produced two children, Lois and Charles. Lewis had joined
his father's business right out of military school. While Lewis was visiting
St. Louis on business, he wired Mattie and asked her to marry him.
Mattie caught the next train to St. Louis from her family's home in Homer,
Louisiana and the couple were wed there the following day, at the Third
Less than six months after the marriage of Lewis and Mattie, the Austro-
Hungarian Arch Duke, Franz Ferdinand, along with his wife Sophie, was
assassinated in Sarajevo and Europe was plunged into World War I.
When America entered the war in 1917, Lewis joined the Army, leaving
Mattie to care for their infant daughter, Lois, who had been born just the
year before. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. While serving
in France, he was exposed to poison gas. It is generally believed that
the resulting lung damage he suffered contributed to his untimely death
in 1930, at the age of 42.
The house in Piedmont, MO in which Lewis and his sister Katherine grew up.
Lt. Lewis Wayland (R) with his brother-in-law, Lt. Edgar
C. Berryman on leave in Piedmont in December of 1917.
The following month, they both "shipped out" for France.
Lewis as a toddler.
Note the expensive
Lewis's discharge from the U.S. Army, in 1919. By a coincidence, it was signed
by Brig. Gen. D.W. Ketcham. Lewis's wife's maiden name was Ketcham. As
noted in upper left, Lewis received a "mustering out" bonus of $60.00. That was
equal to about two months' wages for a common laborer at the time.