In 1911, a woman name Pearle Schwarz fell in love with a man named Maxwell Savelle at the country club in Mobile, Alabama. After courting for two years, the decision was made that the young lovers could not be together due to religious differences. Max was Southern Baptist and Pearle was Jewish, both with families forbidding conversion by either one of them. The two went their separate ways in 1913. While cleaning out the family’s attic, one of Pearle’s sons came across a box of hundreds of letters all written from a man named Max. The letters date from 1913-1978, each beginning with “My Sweet Pearle” and ending with “Forever yours, Max.”
The family hopes to finds Pearle’s letters one day to complete the love story. Until then, they have hundreds upon hundreds of Max’s emotional writings to decipher.
“I love you. I can say no more.” – Max
After Pearle told Max they could no longer see one another, he wrote “…I cannot come to the club anymore. I am weak and cannot make myself undergo the torture that would mean for me, and why, because I love you. I could not bear to be near you and see you and feel that you…”
Maxwell H. Savelle passed away in 1979 at the age of 83.
Pearle is seen on the far left of this photo. She died three months after learning of Max’s death.
Pearle received letters every month until Max’s death. The envelopes were stamped everywhere from Africa, Spain, Chile, Canada, Washington, Rhode Island, France, and, of course, Alabama.
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