Ever lived in the country and ya’ just couldn’t keep a mailbox? Well, I have, the last couple of times losing it to kids with their ball-batting fun. Problem solved, as my fella’ this week fixed us right up with a tough, steel mailbox that hubs put on a railroad tie. That baby was still as strong as could be when we moved a couple of decades later.
He and his employees did interesting work far beyond our mailbox: steel work on the Williamsport Library, Comfort Inn, M-16 Gun racks for the National Guard (20 guns/rack); Black Creek Bridge; secured the north wall at the Masonic Temple; the most unique being the circular stairways in the Elks building. Not only a hard worker, he’s one smart fellow, too. After all, he chose his interesting and adorable wife.
She was born near Soltau, Germany (with a slight hint of that in her speech even today). Her mother had cousins in the Russellville area who had come over by sponsorship on a freighter a couple years earlier. Tough voyage. Although her father had been a tool and die maker in Germany, he and his family were sponsored by the (Leonard) Pyle Farm near Marshall to come to America to work. Her father soon discovered he didn’t like farming. Father Hans, mother, Sophie, brothers Hans and Wilfred and our little lady at age 9, almost 10 came on the passenger ship, Olympia arriving December 31, 1953. Hans had been forced into the German army in 1939 until the end WWII. Not what he wanted for his children, although his son joined the service in 1957. My gal took the test, passed, and was ready to head out with her brother. Her grade school years were in Marshall but she then went on to Rockville HS where she actually met our man.
He grew-up not far from where Riverton Parke HS is now, with two brothers and two sisters. The home where he grew-up was designed by his father who also sawed all the wood from their property. It was top of the line and they paid the carpenters $1/day. This was in the early 30s. They made a beautiful slabbed 12’ trestle table with four benches from one of their Oak trees, as well.