Many of our guests initially say that their lives aren't interesting enough that anyone would want to hear about them. Of course, we do!! How could the story of someone who commuted by horse over the undeveloped Candelaria Hill to the Rhoten family farm in Roberts not be interesting? To a one, however, each guest later remarks how much fun it was sharing their stories with us.
Following high school, Merle went off to Oregon State University and obtained a certification to teach Health and Physical Education.
While at OSU, she and Bev spent a memorable term in Hawaii, supposedly studying Hula and Psalm 23, where she surfed and spent much time at the beach. Merlie Rhoten and John Reeves were quite the couple at OSU, the tomboy and the properly dressed salesman from Bishop's Clothing Store.
Their lives would soon be interrupted by the Korean War.