(JOSEPHINE) EMPLOYMENT AFTER MARRIAGE
After we married, I spent little
the home working. Darvil always provided wonderfully for us. Between the house, the kids, music and the
Church, I found little opportunity to be idle, but on occasions, I
employment that I enjoyed for specific reasons.
We returned home, from Flagstaff, for Christmas vacation in
1934. Darvil had talked to Lafe Nelson, the Safford schools
wonderful life-long friend to us. Explaining our financial
Darvil asked him if he had available some kind of employment for me in
Back in Flagstaff after Christmas but a few days, Lafe called
informing us of a state-funded library position just made available to
Safford schools. I accepted the position. Lafe, coincidentally in Flagstaff on business a few days
later, provided me the ride back to Thatcher.
I left Darvil to continue his school. He
faired for himself with his part-time jobs, while I stayed with my
away in Thatcher, while working in the library, three miles east in
Though it was worth it for the extra money and other nice
pampering parents the job paid little. I recall an amount of $14 per
State provided funds, ran their course by Easter, so, unemployed, I
returned to Flagstaff to be with Darvil through the rest of the
I didn't work again until 1940, when the
three children reached three, four, and five years of age. During three
Pre-Christmas shopping seasons I worked for Belman’s Department Store
Safford. In addition to being a nice respite from the continual home
of raising little-ones, it added some Christmas money to my purse.
After we had established ourselves in Southern California during the war, in late
1942 or early 43 Mama and Jean came to live with us after we moved into
two-story house in Balboa on Seventh Street and Balboa Boulevard. While they lived with us
on the peninsula and tended the house and kids, I found employment with
Aircraft too, where Darvil worked. I worked as a small parts inspector
about six months.
As the war continued,
we bought the Help-Yourself-Laundry business in Wilmington,
and I admit that I really loved it. The playing-in-the-water aspect
kept me as
happy as an adult, as it had done for me as a child. There were twenty,
ringer-type, square-tub, Maytag washing machines with double rinse-tubs
provided for each. I enjoyed doing my own washing, and of course, some
customers left theirs for us to do. I loved that too; it was fun to use
big, commercial dryers and to fold the warm fresh-smelling clothes.
interesting people came in that I could visit with while working. I
money that came in too, for the business turned out to be a remarkably
We moved back to Thatcher at the beginning of summer of
1951, for Darvil was hired as Dean of Men at Eastern
But before his first year with the college started, Darvil knew he
continue pursuing his Doctorate. He lacked only a few credits to
So, we took Sally Jo with us and rented an apartment in Palo
Alto, California, where
attended Stanford University.
The boys were left in Thatcher under Mama's care. (After these credits,
lacked only his thesis to obtain his doctorate)
While he went to Stanford, Sally Jo became
our housekeeper and chief cook and participated in the local community
recreation programs, playing tennis and other sports. I worked in
baby clothes store with beautiful merchandise. With nice owners and
and pleasant customers, the work was a delightful experience, and I
forward to being there each day. While there, the ward we attended, we
The choir had a marvelous professional leader, and, I especially loved
part of it under his talented direction.
We leased the Turkey Flat Lodge in the Graham
mountains during the summer of 1953. The lodge served as a
grocery store, gas station, and light recreation area.
We rented out its five cabins and I cooked
and served fast foods. And, by
appointment, I cooked and served evening dinners. We
looked at it as a paid-working vacation,
for we were at seven-thousand feet elevation in the cool mountain air
valley sizzled below.
In 1954, wanting another break from the
formidable, Arizona, summer heat, Darvil and I
decided to return to the more clement weather of Southern California for a beach-side working
vacation. Since Karl and Elverda Allred
were to be away on a trip from their Westminster home, we arranged to stay
there for three weeks.
I immediatly went to work for a restaurant
by Disney Studios in Burbank. I worked as
the Assistant Maitre d' The
Studio, busy then filming "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," afforded
opportunity to see some of the Hollywood style and people. Two
actors come to mind -- Peter Lori, who
acted as odd off stage as on, and, Kirk Douglas, a charming man off
Soon, Darvil started work for Douglas
Aircraft in Long
Beach. When the Allreds neared their return, we
moved to an upstairs apartment in the Torrey Pines Apartment complex on
Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. Our front
windows looked out over the street,
cliff-side park, the beach and the ocean. Mac,
age nineteen, arrived after finishing his first year
of college at Eastern Arizona Junior College (now Eastern Arizona College) via hitch-hiking to find
work too, but he managed to just pass the summer as a pampered guest. The apartment's ideal location gave us access
to the beautiful beach across the boulevard and down the steps. Rainbow Pier and the Pike were a few blocks
up within easy walking distance.
We met an L.D.S. couple from Mesa there for
the summer too, Jack and Maude “Mackie” Cummard, and their two
daughters, Tamara, age seventeen and Cidny, age thirteen.
Mac soon became infatuated with Tamara, and
we developed a friendship with the parents. Mac
thought the world of Tamara, and they wrote each other
week for the duration of his two and one-half year mission. However, a good friend of his, in his
mission, who was from Mesa, returned home three months
ahead of Mac and enticed Tamara away from him. But
after Mac found his wife to be in Linda and married
her, Tamara met
Mac’s best friend, Terrell Richard (Terry) Hoops. They
fell in love and married after Terry,
two years ahead of Mac in dental school, graduated.
Tam and Terry and Linda and Mac have remained
close life-long friends.
When we moved to the apartment, I gave up the
job with Disney Studios, for Darvil needed the car.
I found pleasant employment in a Gift Shop in Long
convenient bus ride to reach.
In the summer of 1955, we leased the Mountain
Lodge again. Jon and Sally Jo came with
us then. Early in the mornings, Darvil
and Jon collected millions of ladybugs, by the gallon, at the higher
elevations. They sold them to a
distributor who sold them to the citrus growers for aphid control. If I
recall correctly, a gallon and a-half of bugs sold for $10.00. Darvil
had fun doing it and three to eight gallons at that price, back then,
tidy additional sum. My other work
the same as during the summary of 1953.
In the summer of 1957, Darvil had concluded
five years as Principal of the Thatcher Elementary School. Mac would
continue in Uruguay on his mission until
November. Jon, still in school at Tempe worked long hours cooking
at Harmons Ranch Restaurant. And Sally
Jo, married, lived with her family in Safford. Darvil
was employed in LaFaun Mortensen's
business, when we bought the grocery store.
We worked side by side together, when he
be away from the other job. I definitely
loved working in the store. I felt a
close kinship with store-keeping. Maybe
I inherited it from my Dad, who, for so many years, managed others and
own general merchandise store in Thatcher too. At
least, I felt somewhat influenced or indoctrinated with
the spirit of
it. We owned the store for five years;
we sold it a few months after Darvil's election to the State Senate. My work experiences outside the home came to
an end after the sale of the store.