Later in 1954, Don tried again to find a mate, this time with more success. His letter “Tall Texas Bachelor Would Like To Know” was published in the Palm Beach Post-Times for Sunday, September 19, 1954. He inquires regarding an article in the September issue of Real magazine entitled “Paradise for Lonely Men,” which says that Florida’s “chief import is widows and divorcees”: “If so, this is one tall Texas bachelor who would not mind getting acquainted with a few.”
Including his address, both there and in his letter to “Colonel Clearwater” in the Clearwater Sun, was effective. He got postcards from Sofi Weiss in Clearwater and M. English in West Palm Beach. He got over a dozen letters from Florida, including letters from two nurses, colleagues at a hospital, and a couple from a lonely lady in Portland, Maine, who had a friend in Florida. One lady writes, “I never did anything like this in my life, but thought it would be fun to try.” Sometimes the letters contained pictures.
Don followed up. He responded to Theresa Green, of West Palm Beach, on September 24. “So far,” he tells her, “I have received five replys [to the newspaper letter] and all were very favorable except one I received from a divorcee in Lake Worth, Florida who came to your state to get away from it all and who signed her name a divorcee who wants to stay divorced. That is her privilege, however, as it is a free country . . . and it does not make dampen my Texas sense of humor in the least. I always look for peoples good qualities and try to ignore the bad ones if possible.”
He is, he tells her, a member of the DAV, chapter 31 (previously in DAV chapter 11), and a past member of the Dallas Council on World Affairs. “I have had three years of college, one at Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater, Okla in 1934 and two years at North Texas Agricultural College, Arlington, Texas from 1935 to 1937.” He enclosed a photo and asked for one from her. That letter was returned undeliverable.
This was not his only avenue for meeting women. In 1954 he became a member of “Help Company” and received a typed list of over 60 women looking for mates. He received the name, address, age, height, weight, hair color, eye color, religion, and the woman’s own characterization of herself. Doubtless, he provided the same information about himself, to be passed along.
Don marked the items that interested him: eighteen in all. Georgia Warf, 40, from Bluefield, WV, says she “Enjoys all sports, theatres, but most of all loves a good home where there is a real companion to share it and make it complete.” He wrote her. She wrote back. Veronica Schaffer, 27, of Concordia, Kansas, answered his letter and enclosed a picture.
His diligence didn’t pay off. Nonetheless, he continued to have an active social life. He was a member of Dallas’s Baha’i community. A cousin tells me:
In the mid to late 1970’s I had several experiences in Dallas that involved Don. Many, many times I was asked if I was related to Don SoRelle of Dallas. I attended a teachers’ workshop at the Museum of Natural History in Dallas, maybe ca. 1975, and members of the Audubon Society asked me, after they knew my name, if I was related to Don SoRelle. He was highly regarded by their society. Later, around 1976, when I worked in a Montessori school, a teacher at the school, of the Baha’i faith, also expressed that high regard for Don. I assume, since he was an honorary member of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe, that he was also highly regarded by them.
Don’s involvement with the American Indian Center provided, as far as I know, his last opportunity to find a mate. He met a Native American woman with children, proposed to her, and was accepted. His sister met her and explained Don’s situation to her. The woman took it well, and that was that.