August 28, 1928 in a town near Peoria, Illinois a bounding baby boy entered the world to a single mother. Three years later his sister was to follow. It was said they both had the same father and the family knew who the father was, but the mother and father weren’t married, something that was unheard of in those times. A few years down the road when the boy was 6 and his sister was 3, his mother loaded them up into a car and drove them in to an orphanage in St. Louis with her to never be seen or heard from again.
On July 30, 1932 a mother and father in rural southwest Missouri welcomed a baby girl into their family. She was the fourth girl and the fifth child. They lost their first to an oil lantern explosion at an early age and had one more, a son after the last baby girl born.
An older husband and wife decided that they wanted a family. They headed to St. Louis to an orphanage in search of a child to call their own. A six year old little boy stood out to them. They loaded him up and moved him to their home, 4 hours from that orphanage in St. Louis, his life would never be the same again.
That young man went on to lead a greater childhood than he could have possibly imagined. He always remembered his previous life and sometimes wondered why it happened that way, but loved his mom and dad and never looked back. His senior year of high school WWII was in full swing. He dropped out of high school to join the Navy and defend his country. He wound up getting his GED through the Navy.
That girl we spoke of previously, went on to graduate from high school in 1949.
At a revival held at the Town’s memorial hall, the girl and her sisters and cousins were singing. Her older sister was dating a guy who had come to watch her sing. He brought with him a group of friends. In that group of friends was this boy, who wore a Red wool shirt and a pair of blue jeans. The girl caught his eyes and when she and her sister walked past him, he complimented her on her ankles. He was an ankle man.
Soon after the couple were married in her parents house under her father’s stuffed Moose head on June 10, 1950
This lovely couple went on to have 4 children, a son, twin daughters and another son.
They have been married for 60 years