Picture of Stephie and Davie with Windy in our back Yard in Newport RI 1974 by Fran Meservy

Hard Winters By: Frances M McCrory-Meservy January 1971-August 1974

Every year we lived in Rhode Island, my left hip hurt more and the other joints were beginning to hurt. I had never had a problem with joints before.

I went to the doctor several times over the 4 years we were in RI and every year it got worse.

My Doctor called Al into his office and told him that I would be in a wheel chair if we spent another winter in RI. He had a letter ready for Al to take to his commanding officer.

Al put in for a transfer to anywhere south & submitted the letter with the request. They said no.

In August 1974 Alís enlistment was up and he got out of the Navy. They moved us back to Texas. Al was determined to get me out of RI because of my health.

I tell everyone that the history books do not exaggerate about the harshness of the New England winters. The Pilgrims really did die from the weather.

We were there 4 years and the only churches close to the base were Mormon and Catholic. I went to the base chapel when I went.

The whole time we were there it only got above 70 degrees for 2 weeks a year and never as high as 80 degrees then. Summer in RI was anything above 60 degrees. I hated RI because of the damp (high humidity), windy, cold climate.

The Navy sent people to pack our belongings one day and loaded it on the truck the next day. They finally pulled out with our belongings at 8 PM. Al decided we should go South for about 2 hours and get a motel. Sounded good to me.

Al was really tired but the only motel in the area was filthy and smelled. We had a foam mattress in the back of the station wagon. Al climbed in the back with Stephi, David, Windy (our dog) and her two pups. They all went to sleep and I started driving. I would drive until I got tired and/or sleepy.

I drove out of RI, through Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland & Delaware. I came out of the tunnel & got on Dumont Circle that goes around the DC area. I could not find an exit that left DC. Every exit was to the capitol.

I circled the city twice before I parked in front of the capitol and woke everyone up so they could see where the President lived at 4 AM. Al could not believe I got lost on Dumont Circle (he does now after watching a couple of movies where people get lost there).

If you sit in front of the capitol at 4 AM for a few minutes, a policeman will show up. He was really nice and gave me directions to I 75 S. and a gas station that was open so I could refuel and get a cup of coffee.

I drove through Virginia and finally got sleepy in North Carolina. I hated RI so much I could not relax until I was as far away from there as I could get. Itís the only place we ever lived that I hated.

I pulled over and woke Al up. He started driving (Stephi & Davie moved up front with him) and I went to sleep on the Mattress. I woke up in South Carolina. We went to Charleston and visited with a friend. The next day we went to St. Petersburg to visit with Alís grandpa and his Mom.

We visited with Alís family in St. Pete a couple of days and then went to Dunellen FL and visited with Alís Uncle Russell. We stopped in Pensacola and visited with my Aunts and then went the rest of the way to TX.

My Dad (Fred Brown) died shortly after we arrived. Mom said we could visit with her for a while. It took almost a month to find a house to rent. Al started his own TV repair shop (no jobs available) and eked out a living. It supported us for about a year until Al found a better job in Port Arthur TX.

We sold the TV shop and bought a house in Beaumont TX. We moved into our new home in Feb 1976.

Mat 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.

Mark 6:11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."

Acts 13:50-52 But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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