Oklahoma was where Rodney, my husband, was studying when this picture was
Oklahoma State University
may have been A&M or Agricultural and Mechanical College at the time. If
it was O.S.U I'm not sure when it was changed, but around this time, 1960.
Money was close, but
somehow we managed. Rodney worked for his uncle, Aaron Ross Flood who
owned a cattle sales lot there. It was on Saturday only. The G.I. bill for
his service in Korea was $185.00 a month. When we left Stillwater Rodney's
aunt, Mary Jane Selph Flood, told me she had good reports from friends who
owned businesses saying we left owing no one. We never worried about
money. Nothing extra was needed other than food, fuel for the car, rent
I was active in my faith at
the time. There were only eight people involved in Bible Study in a little
upstairs room. Everyone was young, modest, dedicated and content. The
overseer was around fifty-five. He and his wife were frugal to a fault.
They lived in a very tiny trailer house, one of those to set on two
wheels. They were tiny people and ate like birds. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper were
pleasant, gentle and an inspiration to young people in their fidelity and
sincere need to help their fellow man.
Occasionally, we would go
to another area for conventions. At that time I would sew up an outfit and
sew a dress for Rhonda. I worked for a department store part time where
fabric was inexpensive but of good quality. Most of the time I managed
very well with what we had. Rodney's mother sewed me several attractive
cotton dresses. These I wore to Bible study
Mother spent a lot of time
with us and she also was a support. Her knowing how to manage helped me in
great ways with recipes, sewing, and just general good habits.