April 5 is the anniversary of my wedding with Rhoda Krady. This morning between 5 and 6 o’clock I reviewed the collection of pictures that I call Rhoda’s life. It brought back many good memories. If you would like to see the pictures you may click on this link: Rhoda’s life. You will be treated to a short slide show of her life.
Before I left Virginia for a Civilian Public Service assignment in California, the matron of women at Eastern Mennonite College arranged a joint date for three couples. She must have deemed us mature enough to be trusted for an off campus date without a chaperone.
I don’t know who initiated the venture. Probably one or all three of the women did the negotiating. At least, Rhoda and I were among the favored. We went for a picnic on the hills west of the college.At one point we were surrounded by a flock of gobbling turkeys.
Mahlon Horst and Leah Shank were one of the couples. Although Leah was my first cousin, the daughter of Uncle Harvey and Aunt Anna Shank, I don’t remember seeing her after this date. They were sent by the Virginia Mission Board to Kentucky as missionaries. Rhoda and I were sent by the Eastern Board of Missions to Florida. I admired Leah as an older cousin and regret having so little interaction with her.
The third couple was Mary Louse Shank and Earl Martin, Jr. I assume that Earl was the one with the camera since he is not on the group picture, and he had access to the most money. Earl and I roomed in Uncle Lewis and Aunt Cora Martin’s upstairs apartment for the first two years at Eastern Mennonite School. He was a true nephew, while I was “adopted” as an EMS student in the apartment. I think Earl was a career business man and followed in the footsteps of his father Earl, and his uncle Lewis.
I think I may be the only one of the six picnickers that survives. If any reader knows of other survivors, please notify me of their welfare.