Contributed by Terrie Miller      Contact Myrtle Bridges     September 01, 2011

Spartanburg Herald
Of more than usual interest is the following announcement in the Spartanburg Herald of May 21 st.
Mrs. Whiteford Smith Thomason, formerly of Spartanburg, but more recently of New York city, announces the engagement 
of her daughter, Pattie, to Frank P. Tate, of Morganton, N. C.

Miss Thomason, a graduate of Converse College, has the distinction of being the first alumna to receive an honorary 
degree from that college. She is one of the leading educators of the deaf in the United States and is considered an 
authority on rhythmic training and other phases of speech work. Most of her work has been done in the North where 
she made her home until four years ago when she came to North Carolina as principal of the State School for the Deaf.

Mr. Tate is well known in social and business circles in North Carolina. He is a son of the late Colonel Samuel Tate 
of Morganton.

No date has been set for the wedding, but it will probably take place next month in New York City.

Miss Thomason is a niece of Dr. N. F. Walker of Cedar Spring and has scores of friends here, where she spent her girlhood, 
who will be interested in her marriage.

July 4, 1922 New York Times
The marriage of Miss Pattie Thomason, daughter of Mrs. I.M. Thomason of Spartanburg, S.C. and Frank P Tate of Morganton, 
N.C. took place last Wednesday in the North Presbyterian Church on 155th Street.  The Rev. Dr. John R. Mackay officiated.  
The bride is a well known educator of the deaf and has made her home in this city for several years.  They will live in 

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