1948 – 2014
Bob and I stayed in the Denver area and the northwest suburb of Arvada for the years following our marriage. He was tied to the University of Denver, and the University of Colorado at Boulder for his master’s degree. Paul was born in 1948. You can look at his whole baby book if you want. In 1951, Bob was called up from reserve duty in the Army Air Corps and ended up being stationed in Alaska. Paul and I stayed on The Farm for the initial phase of that duty, joining him there for the last four months. We then lighted in Pioneer Village, a University of Denver area in July 1952. We stayed there while he worked on his doctoral degree. After much searching, he got a job at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. We headed there in August 1954.
On September 9, 1954, we moved into 50 Varnum Street, close to the University. I worked a job in the Veterans Administration, which I hated, so we could have money to buy a house. In 1955, Bob got extra teaching at a local college, so that we could afford for me to quit my job and devote full time to my roles of mother and homemaker. Paul went to the university-affiliated Campus School. On January 6, 1956, we moved to our first house in the Maryland suburb of Silver Spring. It was a very nice family area. I had Peter, my second child, within a few weeks after the move.
We were happy there, but Bob was building his career and received an attractive offer from Marquette University. In mid-August 1961, we moved to the Milwaukee area, starting with a rental home 3915 N. Farwell in Shorewood. Within a year, we purchased our own home up the street at 4129 N. Farwell. This was a place for home and family activities, an increasing social life, and the beginning of my professional career.