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While Gladys Presley worried about her young son Elvis strolling around the muddy banks of the Tupelo creek with nothing else to do after school as a ten year old boy would.
In the evenings Elvis would pluck away at the guitar his mother had talked him into after asking for a bike, for getting Elvis a bike would only increase her concerns for his safety.
As Elvis played his guitar with his orchestra of crickets and billowing frogs he thought of the local girls, Davada Elliot who was sure to become one of the prettiest girls in Montgomery Country.
With flowing blonde hair, flawless skin, and her eyes as blue as the deep sea.
James Elliot, her father, was quite a stern man who bought his daughters up with the strictest of up bringing, would not compromise their religious beliefs.
Davada Elliot was kept at a far distance from natural thing like movies, boys and the bobby sox culture that swept throughout the forties.
Even still, she liked excitement, and would get board very easily. There was little doubt she could settle into family life with a local boy and live her life in her home town.
This young girl wanted to see the Country and do so many different things.
As the years went by there were plenty of young local ya hoo’s snapping at her heels. Davada wanted little to nothing to do with these Southern hillbillies in the standard issue dirty overalls.
The kind of man she was after was only heard of in magazines and books, a real prince charming.
A lot of girls were more than happy to marry one of the boys from town and have a small tribe of children, just to save being alone.
This young ladies father had a nice boy chosen for her as it was the way back then, but even the thought of the routine life as a bored farm housewife sent chill’s down her spine.
Davada Elliot set her mind, she was to have none of this going on, she set off to Clarksville all done up like she had finally discovered womanhood in search of who would pay the price of her dreams.
Davada was most definitely not going cheap, in those days the only thing a woman had to give was herself, but this was much more than just letting some guy take her to bed and it was settled.
Davada had made up her list of credentials and they were as follows, the man of her dreams would be instantly a gentleman, a good earner, master of the house, the ideal role model to father her children, and topping the list, of course he is to be very handsome.
At the same he would always be impressionable by Davada, her beauty and respectability. In actual fact, she thought "the best way for woman to exert her strength would be to let him believe she had no strength at all."
A mentally strong woman, she believed could get what she wanted without even opening her mouth. She looked for men who were sexually potent to take control of her in the same way her father had, to rule the domain, as one would say.
Even though these men were the ones she resented and feared most, as well as the ones least likely to bow down to the wishes of a mere woman, to shower her with attention and gifts, flowers and be romantic.
As the American dream is meant to be for all young ladies. Love was what drove her forward towards an identity of her very own.
The usual happy family with the nice children, nice car, the family home with the picket fence, and great friends would be the end result of her dreams, this to her was her destiny.
She once said "if there was to be a content woman, she was going to be it."
It seemed quite clear to Davada, she wouldn’t get the things she was looking for in Clarksville, Tennessee. Asking herself, but where to from here?
Her two brothers had found work at Ford Motors Company and asked her if she wanted to stay with them while she looked for employment. This seemed a good option for her at this time.
After her graduation from the local high school, Davada packed her bags and headed for her brothers home in the big city Detroit Michigan.
In the summer of 1942.
After some time Davada visited her father in Clarksville, she had changed quite considerably since last seeing her father.
This young lady had become, "Dee," a woman of identity, style and sophistication.
Changing her name alone was enough for her father to realize she was no longer the innocent country girl, but a city version of the little girl that she was.
Changing her name would be a statement to her father that being the change from the country gal to the City girl, it also became a perfect metaphor for everything that she stood for, youthful, energetic and unattainable, furthermore the way she would always stay.
The child-woman she would be forever, keeping her child innocence but, be a full woman equally. Upon returning from visiting with her father, a friend Jean Elrod fixed her up with a double date with some soldier that was placed at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
From the moment Dee saw her date, this man seemed to full fill all she had dreamed of, before she left her home town in search of the man of her dreams.
Dee Elliot had met Bill Stanley, a tall man of six feet with a moustache, with quite a broad chest full of medals, from battle ribbons to honors of bravery, in Europe, this man was General Patton’s personal bodyguard.
This was the man Dee had been looking for, standing for all the things forbidden as a young girl by her father. This man was of worldly experience, dangerous, not to mention sexy, but he was a married man.
But somehow after lengthy periods at war forgot his wife and fell in love with Dee on that breezy summers night as they worked there way through the fairgrounds.
Before long they saw one another again before Bill was told he would be going back to war in Europe. He turned to Dee saying, "I’ll be seeing you soon," with a kiss good night, Bill then said to her, "some day when you grow up a little I’ll marry you".
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