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Chapter 31 College and Family

Chapter 31 College and Family

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Published by Henry Taft Miller
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College And Family
This is now the fall of 1950, and Henry’s attending The Virginia Polytechnic Institute of Blacksburg, Virginia for the next four years. So we’re thankful that God provided us with a small apartment since the school’s dormitories are only available to single people. We recently attended a welcome party for new students where we were oriented with available activities and directions to local churches and hospitals. So it was nice to get acquainted with many people who have si
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College And Family
This is now the fall of 1950, and Henry’s attending The Virginia Polytechnic Institute of Blacksburg, Virginia for the next four years. So we’re thankful that God provided us with a small apartment since the school’s dormitories are only available to single people. We recently attended a welcome party for new students where we were oriented with available activities and directions to local churches and hospitals. So it was nice to get acquainted with many people who have si

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31
College And Family
This is now the fall of 1950, and Henry’s attending The VirginiaPolytechnic Institute of Blacksburg, Virginia for the next four years. Sowe’re thankful that God provided us with a small apartment since theschool’s dormitories are only available to single people.We recently attended a welcome party for new students where wewere oriented with available activities and directions to local churchesand hospitals. So it was nice to get acquainted with many people whohave similar interests as us.A young couple invited us to their Baptist church, too, so we plan toattend now and again.
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It’s the spring of 1951 and a beautiful Sunday morning. And thoughHenry only takes our old car out when it’s absolutely necessary, we wantto go for a ride. He even goes so far as to ride his bicycle to and fromschool, but today we wish to go driving. So we head to the far side of town to a place that many married college students live at with their families. It’s a trailer camp where we find one having an attached roomand a “For Sale” sign on it.
 
It’s owned by a student who’s graduating in June. He needs to sell itso he can move elsewhere, and it happens to be cheap enough for us toafford.
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We’re all moved into the trailer, so we now own our own place. Andwe’re becoming acquainted with lots of the people in this park.One woman living next door to the camp raises cows and sells themilk. So we said we’ll buy from her since everyone else around heredoes. However, the last time we spoke, she openly expressed that she’s perturbed with American soldiers who go overseas and return married.“It’s a shame because many of our girls wait for those boys to comehome. Then they’re left without a man because a lot of foreign womenhave taken them away.”Well, with the summer of 1951 here, we’re back to stay a while withMom and Dad again.And it’s a good thing that Henry’s working at the Sylvania plantwhere Dad’s employed because it will bring in money to pay for our 281second baby’s arrival. But once classes resume, he’ll leave me behindfor about a month until the little one gets here.
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This is October, and I just gave birth to another beautiful girl. So wedecided to name her Linda because I’m told the name means “pretty” inSpanish.And now my husband will take us to back home with him to be afamily again.
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It’s early summer of 1953
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and thanks to the Lord, Henry was offered part-time work on campus. He makes test equipment and cares for theElectronics Laboratory and often takes me and the girls along with him.So it’s nice to spend time together and help him box what he finishes.And since we rented a tiny lot above the camp, I also work there toraise our own garden.
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My husband’s been offered a summer job at the National AdvisoryCommittee for Aeronautics (NACA) as an engineering trainee. NACAis based at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia.So the children and I will stay the summer with Mom and Dad.In the meantime, there’s a couple here in the trailer camp that live inHampton. And they graciously invited Henry to stay with them while heworks. They don’t expect him to pay room or board so that he can savehis money for our winter supplies.

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