st. louis, 1949 ē Jane Hadley was a quick-witted, charming widow whose husband had been a prominent railroad lawyer. Alben W. Barkley was a widower 34 years her senior who happened to be Harry Trumanís vice-president. They met at a party in Washington in May 1949. Soon, the VP was making regular commercial airline stops in St. Louis. They were married Nov. 18 at St. Johnís Methodist Church, Kingshighway and Washington Boulevard. She wore light blue.