By Wesley P. Newton • Special to the Advertiser • July 25, 2010
Most Montgomerians know Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald were one of the most famous couples of the jazz age, but many don't realize where, or how, the couple met.
Since April 1917, the United States had been an active combatant in World War I (then known as the Great War). Shortly after the American Congress's declaration of war, Montgomery was the recipient of a U.S. Army military base. It was named Camp Sheridan, and in Montgomery's pro-Confederacy society, many whites resented the camp being named for Phil Sheridan, a Union Army Cavalry general in the Civil War. But many were ignorant of the origin of the name, and even those who knew were far less critical when the jobs and federal funds that the camp would bring became apparent.
April 10th, 1925, marks the anniversary of the publishing date of the "The Great Gatsby". A story set in Long Island's North Shore in New York City during the summer of 1922 by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Let's take a chronological walk through the lives of Zelda Sayre and Francis Scott Fitzgerald. From the births of their parents through the careers and health issues of both Zelda and Scott. Zelda grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in May of 1918.
Author, ballerina, and painter, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald is considered and assessed as a woman of exceptional energy and ability. Her novel 'Save Me the Waltz' is described as "the deeply felt and carefully crafted expression of a creative, independent spirit." Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda attended The Margaret Booth School and Sidney Lanier High School.
On Friday, May 31, 1918, Zelda Sayre graduated from Sidney Lanier High School having been voted “Prettiest” and “Most Attractive” girl in her class. The Sayres sixth child was born on Tuesday, July 24, 1900, at home on South Street in Montgomery, Alabama. Judge Sayre was 42, and Minnie was 40. Minnie was an avid reader and she decided to name the new baby Zelda, after a gypsy queen in a novel she had recently been reading.