Junior was born February 28, 1928 near
Bernie, Missouri and attended school in the Bernie area. Like his other brothers
and sisters, Junior was raised up in a farm life and even farmed for awhile for
himself in the Bernie and Dexter area.
After graduating from
high school in May 1946 Junior joined the Marine Corps and spent One Year, One
Month, and One Day EXACTLY. He held a Bakers Specialty Code after attending
bakers and cooks school.
Junior was employed with
the State of California for several years prior to retiring looking after Safety
and Royalty interest in the Northern half of California. He says he does a lot
of things but am master of none; I donít believe that. If his department
needed someone to do something strange, Junior usually got the call. He has
helped Marine Geologists, offshore, in lakes and rivers. He has checked
navigable streams in northern California along the coast of Oregon. He has also
checked steam potential land in northeast California on the Oregon and Nevada
borders. He also has drilled shallow core holes with a portable rig in the
desert and mountains. In 1979, he ordered a portable rig for the State and
stored at his home so that it was readily available should an exciting need for
its use arise. Junior said the thing he appreciated about his job was "I
worked out of my office four days, most weeks, and saw my bossesónot
Junior is married to the
former Eva Marie Box. Eva was born January 28, 1933. They were united in
marriage on November 1, 1949 in Taft, California at the Ford City Missionary
Baptist Church. Evaís aunt and Leroy Craft (from Bernie) were their witnesses.
Junior tells of their going to Yosemite National Park for their honeymoon.
Howard Williams rode with them the first 35 miles (Howard was working in that
area) and Junior says nothing like taking a cousin along on your honeymoon if
you canít take your mother-in-law.
Eva worked Twenty-Four
years at the University of California in Davis. As a Medical Transcriptionist.
Junior retired after Twenty-Six years with the State on his 62nd
Birthday. They have four grandchildren, and several great grandchildren who live
close enough so they can enjoy them. The following facts relates to their