(This Footnote to History article was printed on page 1 of the December 5, 1964 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal, and is reprinted word-for-word below.)
Miss Misses Mrs. With $500 ‘Gift‘
EVANSVILLE, Ind. UP)—A 19-year-old Evansville girl wanted to get married but her boy friend was too poor.
So Patricia Ann Kremer mailed Gary Bugg, 20, Evansville, four $100 bills and this unsigned note:
“Use it wisely. That’s all I ask. Also, try not to find out who sent tills money to you because it is a gift. God bless you and your girl friend the rest of your life.”
Also, she mailed anonymously a $100 bill to a garage which was working on Bugg’s car.
But did Gary ask Patricia Ann to marry him? No, he planked down $300 of the $400 for a new car.
And that’s not all.
Police said Patricia Ann signed a statement admitting theft of five $100 bills from the department store where she worked.
All is not dark. The manager of the store said he would not press charges if the $500 is returned.