m. 14 MAR 1901
m. 19 MAY 1927
Facts and Events
Bernadine attended Panhandle A. & M., Goodwell, OK and KS University with major in Business Administration; good athlete; after death of 1st husband in Howard she supported family by employment as Night Supervisor Telephone Co.; encouraged children in school athletics. Near death accident in 1964, by sheer will power and family encouragement resumed club work and other activities from wheel chair.
Letter From Eunice (no date - as written)
When I was typing off the account of the wedding from the paper, I thought that Bernadine and Forest were flower children, long before the term flower children was so popular. Doing their own thing, Forest especially, making his own rules as to when he called on Bernadine and what he wore when he came over. He might show up nearly before breakfast, unshaven, and looking like he had put on just whatever clothes he could reach the easiest. I'm not putting him down, I really liked him, and he must have been nice to all of us little brats that hung around when he was there. Long before they invented Rock and Roll, Bernadine could and did go through all those gyrations with us kids, with the victrola furnishing the music. I can remember laughing till my sided hurt, and I'm sure we were very noisy, but I don't remember the folks coming in to make us be quiet. I'm sure Bernadine would have been pleased if one of her younger sisters had been as good in sports as she was or even had been as interested. To me, thinking back, she was the recreational director of Howard, unpaid of course. But she worked many, many hours getting a place for a tennis court, and then working to get it and keep it in shape. I don't remember about the baseball diamonds, but I'm sure she did her share. I think we can all remember the Sunday afternoon walks she took with us, and the times she took us fishing. I can remember her and Ernest and I, digging fishworms in Vinsons pasture in the middle of the night, I expect she had to work late and we decided to go fishing after she got off work. She also went frog hunting with us, where we were in the boat and flashed the light to see the frogs sitting on the bank, and grabbing them and putting them in a gunny sack. Of course we had frog legs the next day. She also went with us one time when we went to cut wood out in the blackjack country. And remembering that, made me think of picking wild strawberries when they lived on the, was it the Mullendore place? Anyway it was when Edith was quite little. She believed that kids were happiest when they were busy, and I've gone to her house when she had her kids and their friends washing the woodwork and enjoying it. She paid for my piano lessons, 20 of them at 50 cents apiece. In 1935 when Ernest was going to Coyne Electrical School, she loaned us $100, of course that has been paid back a long time ago. But thinking back I can't believe we were the only ones she aided. I guess the most wonderful thing about her was being a good listener, as well as a good conversationalist.