Gertrude Edna Millard Bagwell graduated cum laude from the Women's College which was called Pembroke at Brown University. She won the Gaspe Medal in 1899 for her essay " The Diplomatic History of France and the United States from 1776 to 1783." She taught Latin, History. She and Marvin met through a newspaper ad for Bride wanted. Marvin had a wooden leg and Gertrude was older than the desired age for marriage. When she moved to the "South" she was amazed at the "different way of life" in North Carolina she wrote in a letter to her Aunt. Together she and Marvin had five children.