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The Personal Histories


Darvil Burns McBride & Josephine Phillips McBride




After our honeymoon, though still honeymooning, we spent the next four weeks living back and forth between our two Thatcher homes until my forth year of college at Flagstaff began in September.


We lived in what the college called the "summer cabins, down in ‘the flats’." The flats were so filled with snow that they often suffered flooding during warming periods of the winter. But, the college allowed the married couples, who dared, that were willing to suffer the capricious environment's whims, to occupy a cabin. We took the dare.


The tiny one-room rectangular building consisted of board siding nailed to the outside of the studs while the inside displayed only exposed 2x4 studs: bare of any insulation, boards or paneling. The stove sat not more than two feet from the bed, restricted to such limited space. During the nights, the temperature dropped so low that the wood in the stove had to be replenished between intervals of sleep, several times each night.


During that final year I worked in the college library. I developed a great love for that job. I garnered invaluable information about books and literature and of course, I gained a thorough understanding of the, Dewey Decimal System of cataloguing the books.


The compensation for the library work paid everything except books: It paid the year's housing, tuition, and the cafeteria meal ticket. Since they punched the ticket for each meal, Jo and I ate a meal together in the cafeteria almost every day. Actually, the ticket provided me with three meals per day for the entire year. That equaled one and a-half meals per day for each of us.  I think we only spent $20 of our own money during the full school year. We didn’t come even close to starving, but we did go without many things.

I continued college in Flagstaff through the summer session and graduated in August of 1934 with a degree in Education and certification to teach. Back in Thatcher for a few weeks before I started my first year of teaching in Solomonville, we lived with Jo’s parents.

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