Xenia Lee started college at Salem that fall. I also continued as a student. Xenia Lee became pregnant a few months later. We lost that child.
We were enticed to spend one semester at Alfred University, New York. We took our few belongings and traveled to Alfred via train. We had previously sold our 1936 Ford, since it needed repairs that we could not afford. Rev. Everett T. Harris met us at the station and took us to our apartment in “The Gothic” in which seminary classes were held. I took college courses, adding seminary studies. I also worked as a Lynotype operator at the Alfred Sun.
While at Alfred one night I found Xenia Lee walking in her sleep. She ran out the door into the snow. With difficulty, I awakened her enough to convince her who I was and to get back inside. Merlin was visiting at the time from his base at Camp Holaberd, Maryland. I called him down from upstairs to help get her calmed down. Just a day or so later Xenia Lee had to have an emergency appendectomy at Hornell, a town nearby. Rex Burdick took us to the hospital at 2 a.m.
After a hard winter in Alfred, we felt that combined study and work was not feasible. I just could not do everything.
We received a call from the DeRuyter, New York Seventh Day Baptist Church to serve as summer pastor. So, in June, 1948, Rex Burdick gave us a ride there. The summer pastorate was a pleasant and exciting time. During that time we bought a 1937 Ford that had been pieced together from the remains of other Fords.
After the summer at DeRuyter, we returned to Salem. My brother, Bob, joined me there for a year after military service and a broken marriage. Annita was born on March 23, 1947. I graduated from Salem in 1947.
College years were prolonged because of necessary employment. However, they taught me not only academically, but more about making and providing for a home. God provided me with a wise, wonderful wife and companion.
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