August 17th is the birthdate of our oldest son. We typically get to see him once a year when he comes back from Richmond, VA to speed a week or so with us and work on our house and yard maintenance. He has worked as a finish carpenter and boat builder over the years so has the necessary skills to do many things. Elaine spent most of the day he was born in the delivery room and though I worked at the local SCS office, spent a lot of time in the waiting room at the hospital. Finally at 5:15pm the nurse let me in to see her and learn that we had a baby boy. After Kiwanis today, I suggested to Elaine that it would be very appropriate for us to celebrate the anniversary
of his birth with a strawberry milkshake from McDonald’s. He called while we were gone but called back this evening, and we had a lengthy visit. This picture of him in the coaster wagon would have been taken the following summer in the front yard of our house on East Bradford Street. As is apparent, there were no houses across Locust Street to the east of us. While we had electricity and water in the house, it wasn’t until a year or so later that we connected to the sewer and built on a bathroom. During Verlon’s first 12 years we moved to a bigger house in Seward, he had a sister and 2 brothers, we moved to Lincoln and to Washington, D. C. Those were hectic times but looking back and visiting with him about some of the incidents tonight, They were great years for all of us.