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
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.
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- ence.