X. Life after Leaving Sandridge Farm
Entering college 35 years after graduating from high school was quite a challenge, but I got along very well with the students and faculty.
In September I was employed to teach the upper grades at
I was then hired by Unit 4,
While living here Larry entered
When the new elementary school building was built north of Ursa and in
Mendon both Wilmer and I were employed at
Later we moved west of Marcelline to the Eshom home; Wilmer had started to help Bill with his farming interests.
While living on the Esham home, on June 15, 1963, Larry and Sara Finke were
After Bill bought the Diamond Motel on
I continued teaching, and for a short period taught in the upper grades at
After we bought our home in Quincy (1968), at 2504 Lind and I had retired
from public school teaching. I taught in one of the third grade rooms at St.
Peter's School in
Five years later, on September 10, 1973, three months before our fiftieth wedding anniversary, Wilmer passed away. His last employment was selling apples for William Chatten.
I had thought it to be foolish when the children planned celebrations for our fortieth and forty-fifth wedding anniversaries, but I thought differently about it when we didn't get to celebrate our fiftieth.
Nine days after Wilmer's death, our youngest grandson was born in
Since retiring I have taken several trips, have done volunteer and church work, and have worked for Alpha Delta Kappa, a teacher's sorority. I am thankful for good health.
Before I close I must tell you about the ring I lost while living south of Ursa. While doing my household tasks I would take off my diamond engagement ring, leaving it on the dresser. When papering was being done, the ring disappeared. We felt that it must have been brushed accidentally onto the floor and put into the furnace with old pieces of wall paper. Wilmer looked through the ashes but found no ring. The next spring when crossing the driveway Jerry spied something glitter in the road where some of the ashes had been spread. It was the ring; the gold had melted but the diamond was all right! We had it put into another ring. Later when the band wore thin, I had the diamond engagement ring and the wedding ring welded together.
One morning this spring I discovered that the diamond set from my ring was missing. I was about to order another set to replace it, when I saw something glitter on the carpet beside my bed. It was the diamond. How glad I was that I had not used the vacuum ,sweeper that morning! I decided I must be doing something right in my life.
Now I am enjoying the two courses I am taking from