Gail and Clyde’s First Home Together

Mom wrote this in 1999, “When we were first married 54 years ago, Clyde was batching on the Vi Long farm. It was a quarter east and quarter south of the Martin farm in Greenwood County, Kansas. 120 acres with 1/3 of the production going to Longs.

He had the basics to set up housekeeping and with my last paycheck from Boeing, I bought 6 oak chairs to go with the round oak Martin family table.

The kitchen was on the east and we used a gasoline stove and kerosene lamps. We had a wood stove in the dining room. The front room and other bedroom were shut off during the winter months. We got our water from a cistern.

Shortly after the first of January, we moved to the Martin house. Wendall Lockhart took over the Vi Long farm and moved in.”

Gail Martin's memory sketch of the Greenwood County farmhouse where she lived when first married.

Gail Martin’s memory sketch of the Greenwood County farmhouse where she lived when first married.

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One thought on “Gail and Clyde’s First Home Together

  1. Although I’ve heard Mom talk about this many times, there are some added details here that were new to me. I hadn’t heard the story about the chairs and it also sounds as if they didn’t have electricity if they were using kerosene lamps. Thanks for sharing!

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