“I wasn’t going steady with either one of them, so I didn’t see anything wrong with that,” Carol said. “I was just having fun.”
Bill didn’t like the idea of Carol with another guy. He wanted their relationship to be exclusive.
“I just knew I loved her and I didn’t want to share her with anybody else,” Bill said. “I’m just a one woman man.”
He talked to Carol about it and gave her a choice.
“He said, ‘You’ve gotta make up your mind. It’s either him or me,’” Carol said. “And he meant it. I could tell. You didn’t mess around with Bill Jewell.”
In 1945, when they were both 16, Bill and Carol started going steady. They’d go to movies and take trips to Turkey Run and Shakamak State Park. They’d talk on the phone for an hour every night, and they’d make eyes at each other during school, since they weren’t allowed to hold hands in the hallway.
“He just had these big blue eyes,” Carol said. “He would just look at me at school so lovingly and I just felt like I could melt,” she said.
They dated for two years, and whatever they did, they did together. During that time, they realized that they couldn’t spend the rest of their lives without each other. They never had any doubts about their love.
Bill gave Carol a ring when they graduated, and when they were both 18, they were married at United Brethren Church in Terre Haute on Nov. 6, 1947.
They lived with Bill’s parents for a little while at the beginning of their marriage. They had their first child there.
“It was just a big change in our lives that we both enjoyed,” Bill said. “So many of our friends divorced and that was never a part of our life.”