Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Careers in Soil and Water Conservation

The visit of Jon's with us last week prompted me to pull out some of the old pictures from when we moved back to the Washington, D.C. area in 1962. This picture was taken that fall when Jon was 7 years old. He was scheduled to be in a school play on the day that President Kennedy was shot and school was dismissed early. We had anticipated sending only a few years in the USDA headquarters office of the Soil Conservation Service and then being transferred back out to a State Office. However, we spent the next 18 years in the area.  The kids completing High School there and went off to college. Carolyn is the only one of the 4 that came back to Nebraska  for a teaching career. Jon went to work for SCS right out of college.
  He worked in Virginia, several locations in North Carolina, New York state,  Lincoln, NE and back to the Washington, D.C. office in 1996. During our years in the D.C. area, we did a lot of sightseeing, especially during the first couple years when we didn't know how long we would be there. We also enjoyed having family and many friends back to visit.  While we went through some difficult times during out 18 years but all-in-all, it turned out pretty well. We have been able to enjoy many years of retirement back here in our home town as a result of both Elaine and my successful careers in USDA. It is also interesting that Jon has followed in our footsteps and built a very successful career there as well. It was a "leap of faith" when we made the commitment, but it was done as a "calling" to help in the conservation of our God-given Natural Resources.

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