A Kiowa Exodus….#203 (the 80’s)

Hospitality accepted

.  The inaugural journey after acquiring the property in Anthony was one to articulate the many attributes and deficiencies that might have been inconspicuously overlooked,   because of the mesmerizing  spacious interior of the house.   The only peremptory  problem discovered,  the diligence in the winterizing it’s vacancy.  The basement water heater having succumbed to the freezing  temperatures.  The task of cleaning the  acquired dust from the year-long vacancy a monumental undertaking.  Even with Jan’s mother and Aunt Ester volunteering to assist,  there was a compelling decision to engage some local assistance,   Jan commissioning two local ladies versed in house cleaning.

.  Gary soon discovered  prospecting the property was educational,  the remnants of its history still viable.  The garage no longer  having electricity cabled to the house, still possessing the old knob and tube wiring mounted on the studs and joist,   On the west side of the  driveway,  discovering the capped pipes of two abandoned underground fuel tanks, and behind the garage what apparently was a cement covering for the remains of a septic tank.   The far northwest corner of the double lot provided another find,  a cement slab with a  hand dug well opening.   it’s circumference upper wall fashioned with laboriously laid bricks.  Gary curious about its depth, ingenuity manifested dropping a 50 foot garden hose down the opening to measure its depth,  the hose descending to 40 feet before halting,  it’s water level marked on the hose measured  27 feet.

.  The furnishings of the Dickinson Street residence in Kiowa were in transit,  the Yamaha piano,  kitchen appliances and larger furnishings finding transport in a borrowed horse trailer belonging to Mark Yazel,  who leased  a portion of Gary’s father-in-law Bud Murrow’s farm for his cattle business..  The rest of the abundant boxes of  sundry items finding carriage in the bed of a wheat truck.

.  Jan’s family all  helping with the  weekend move. The bedroom assignments were never formally allocated, but the firm voice of the youngest member in the family,  Sandi,  whom on her first encounter with the south bedroom,  with its chandelier light fixture and  glass French door giving passage to the sun-room  having  immediately announced her bedroom claim..   Robert settling for the other south room of similar size without addition of the sun-room.  The northeast master bedroom fulfilling Jan and Gary’s nocturnal excitation.

.  Gary’s  morning summer work day scheduled now allowing for the 30 mile drive to Kiowa,  his summer 10 hour school day from 7 a.m.,  to  5 thirty p.m.  The summer schedule provided a preview of the inevitable coming fall semester,  and it’s 12 hour work day with a 5 a.m.  school arrival,  the start of his day requiring a 4 a clock  wake up call.  A paradox beginning to muster,  proclivity of school employment beginning to wane.  A pondering to seek local employment was beginning to emerge,  Gary making an inquiry at the Harper County School District,  finding they had already fulfilled their employment agenda.   The Anthony John Deere Dealership another possible alternative,  then a deliverance,  the messenger being the same emissary whom had imparted the grade school employment opening.   The Angel of dispatch,  his wife Jan,  relating a workplace announcement at the Anthony Hospital,  an employment posting,  the Anthony Hospital was seeking a full-time maintenance assistant.

.Gary’s ponderous thoughts no longer rampant,  his decision solidified about seeking employment in Anthony.  Then the difficult parts to endure, the first being to serve notice to Glen Piper the school administrator of his intentions, when informed,  Glen smiling, acknowledging that it was no surprise and was to be expected.  Gary without hesitation submitting an application for the Anthony Hospital maintenance assistant position, discovering the second part to endure also difficult, the arresting wait for the hospitals decision.

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