Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 1, 1920
HIS STOUT FISTS WIN WAR BRIDE
Cleveland Sculptor Awaits Girl On Her Arrival From England
Rescues Her from Thug in Liverpool, and Falls In Love
Steven A. Rebeck, Cleveland sculptor, was waiting at the pier in New York yesterday when the White Star liner Cedric arrived from England with his promised bride, Miss Jennie Jones.
When a certain amount of immigration red tape is cut the two will be married, probably today, and come to Cleveland to live, thus culminating another romance that grew out of the war.
Miss Jones admitted yesterday she had seen her fiancé only three times. Rebeck was a sergeant in the Ninety-seventh aero squadron.
Miss Jones claimed more attention than the everyday war bride gets from the blasé ship news reporters in New York. A score of them, smitten with her jet black hair, sparkling eyes and engaging manner, voted her one of the comeliest war brides that have come to these shores.
Rescued From Thug
“Our first meeting was in a dark alley in Liverpool,” said Miss Jones, “when Mr. Rebeck came in answer to my screams for help and beat down a terrible thug who was strangling me. My assailant was drunk and I am sure he would have killed me had not Mr. Rebeck come to my rescue.
“I saw Mr. Rebeck again the next day and he asked me to love him, but I could not be sure of my feelings. He was leaving the following day for France and I saw him then only a few minutes. Again he asked that I promise to marry him. I put him off.
“While he was at the front and after his return to Cleveland we corresponded and, finally, when I had become convinced that Mr. Rebeck was the man I loved I consented to come to America to wed him.”
Rebeck, who is 27, and lives at Payne avenue N.E. and E. 44th street, is a graduate of the Cleveland School of Art. Since his return he has formed the Decorative Arts Co. in partnership with Joseph Motto and Max Kalish.
The honeymoon plans call for a trip to Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Old Point Comfort.