Valentine’s Love

It’s Saturday and time again for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! It is also the day before Valentine’s day and there is a ‘Valentine’s Day Challenge’ going around Facebook.

Mike and I met while attending Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. I’m not sure when we first met. It was sometime during our sophomore year when we were both chemistry lab assistants and also in a class together. We became engaged on Valentine’s Day during our junior year and were married after graduation. We will be celebrating our 48th year of marriage this May.

So here’s our Valentine’s Day Challenge story

How’d we meet? chemistry class in college
First Date? I don’t remember
How long have you been together? Engaged February 1973
Married? Yes – 47 years this May
Age Difference? 5 months
Who was interested first? Not sure
Who said ‘I Love you’ first? probably him
Most impatient? likely me
Most sensitive? not sure
Loudest? him
Most stubborn? likely equally stubborn in our own ways
Falls asleep first? Me
Cooks better? Both
Better morning person? Me
Better driver? Me of course (he is a good driver)
Most competitive? Neither
Who is the funniest? him
Who is more social? neither very social
Who is the neat freak? neither
Where was your first kiss? parents’ front porch
How long did it take to get serious? don’t remember
Plans date night? neither
Who picks where you go to dinner? Usually mutual discussion
Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? Usually both admit errors
Who wears pants in relationship?
Who has more tattoos? Neither of us has a tattoo
Who sings better? not sure
Hogs the remote the most? Me — early in the evening
Spends the most? Me
Did you go to the same school? No – until college
Who drives when you are driving together? Share driving
Where is the farthest you have traveled together? West coast

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), answer the question:
1)  It’s story time – tell us how you met your spouse or significant other.  If you don’t have one, tell us about how your parents met each other.

It’s the spring of 1971 and I’m a freshman at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. I’ve just started my new job as an assistant in the chemistry department. I worked two afternoons a week – Tuesdays and Thursday – in the storeroom. It was my job to check out and then check in glassware, thermometers and other supplies to the chemistry students. Most of my ‘customers’ were in Chemistry I or II students. Since dress codes for my sorority were still enforce, I was not only one of the few females working in the department, but I was the only one in a skirt. 

Even though my husband and I met that semester, I don’t remember him. He was just another student at the storeroom door requesting equipment. It was during our sophomore year that Mike and I ‘met’ again as we were in Quantitative Chemical Analysis together. Not only did we study together, but we were both working as lab assistants in the chemistry department. 

During our junior year, we were again in class together. This time, it was Modern Physics. Not only were we study partners, but we were seriously dating, becoming engaged in February of that year.

We were married the day after graduation. We started our married life as chemistry and physics teachers. Mike was hired by USD 442 to teach science at Nemaha Valley High School in April of  our senior year — a month before our wedding. In June, I was hired by USD 380 to teach science for Centralia and Frankfort High Schools. Two years later, I resigned my job with USD 380 and began teaching biology at Nemaha Valley High School. 

In 2016, we both retired from teaching after 42 years in the profession. For Mike, all of those years were spent at 214 N. 11th St, Seneca (Nemaha Valley and then Nemaha Central High Schools). The 2015-2016 school year was my 40th year in the building. 

Later this month, we will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. 


Forty-six years

At the age of twenty, I was not looking forty-six years into my future. But it was forty-six years ago this Valentine’s Day that I said yes – to Michael Philbrick.

Our engagement was announced a year later – forty-five years ago.

Miss Marcia Crawford
whose engagement to Mr. Mi-
chael Dean Philbrick has been
announced by her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Eugene Crawford,
2314 West Twenty-first Ave.
Miss Crawford is a snior stu-
dent at Kansas Stte Teachers
College, where she is major-
ing in chemistry and is a mem-
ber of Delta Zeta social sorori-
ety. She is the granddaughter
of Mrs. E. O. Briles, 609 West
Fifth Ave. Mr. Philbrick, the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald
Philbrick of Phillipsburg, also
is a senior student at KSTC.
He is majoring in physical sci-