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only child and so was he, making him the largest landholder in four counties when their properties were combined. Their land had also been made sinfully fertile during the thousands of years the Mississippi River spilled from its banks, depositing some of the world’s richest silt at what would become the Andersons’ doorstep. Despite the riches Stella had brought to the family, Jacob showed no outward signs of devotion or even respect for her. There were rumors that he spent a lot of time in Memphis, at the Peabody Hotel, alone. Or was he? The family lived in extravagance, and the Colonel had never refused Jake anything. For his eighteenth birthday, he was given a Stutz Bearcat, one of the most expensive domestic vehicles available. He wrecked it three months later, only to be given a Dusenberg that was newer and more expensive. That was another thing that bothered Stanley - the Anderson family lifestyle. People like that tend to cave in when things go bad. Stanley knew that, at some point in time, trouble would arise that you couldn’t buy your way out of, not even if you were the Colonel. But you needn’t waste your breath attempting to tell the Colonel that. While Stanley had many concerns about the pending union, it was the maxim, “always marry up!” that was the Colonel’s singular objection to the marriage. The Ballards were the antithesis to the Andersons. One of the most respected families in the Delta, they were “comfortable” if not wealthy. Their assets were nowhere near the Colonel’s and Stella’s amassed fortune.

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It would be left up to Jake, the sole heir, to advance the Anderson family name, to acquire additional tracts of land, and to uphold the family tradition of giving the most lavish parties in the region. For the time being, however, the Colonel relished in the position of party-giver. If there was to be a wedding, the Colonel made it clear he would be in charge. He notified the Ballards that it would be a June wedding and that it would be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. He had rented the entire hotel, all five hundred rooms. The Blue Room (then called the Victoria Room) was reserved for the ceremony. He would make all the arrangements, and it would not cost the Ballards one dime. Stanley knew this was a bad way to start a marriage, but he couldn’t deny there was some merit to it. It had nothing to do with finances. He could certainly afford to give his daughter a proper, even lavish, wedding. But allowing the Colonel to take over as wedding planner proved convenient since Stanley’s wife, who traditionally would have organized such an affair, had passed away two years earlier. It did not relieve his misgivings, however. The Colonel hired a wedding consultant in New Orleans to orchestrate the event, handling each

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Slidell Magazine & Chamber Business Connection - 82nd Edition  
Slidell Magazine & Chamber Business Connection - 82nd Edition