Cliffie Smith Patterson>UIS Collection N-R>UIS Collection N-R, Segment 4


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One son went into Navy during Vietnam War and got disability discharge. One son went to Lincoln College, her husband paid tuition and Mrs. Patterson paid for books by sewing. Son was not in the war because of an ear problem caused by a diving incident in Salt Creek, but he didn't want to be in the service anyway. Son Kenneth stayed home and helped Mrs. Patterson around house. Son taught in school district near wife's school. They did not announce marriage because wife's teaching career would be jeopardized. Couple started farming a couple years after announcing marriage. School directors liked wife as a teacher, and she could cook. That son and a friend "hoboed" on trains to Washington state after school got out. Worked for food on the way. Mother was worried, and son was glad to come back.