My first memories of Harold take me back to the Buena Vista of the 1950s.It was a world of do-wop, sock hops, petticoats, white socks and loafers, dirt roads, and party line telephones.Harold’s family had moved to “BV” from Oklahoma so that his father could take a position with Climax Molybdenum north of Leadville.
I was young enough to idolize Harold and his buddies who were the local stars at football. Lewis College in Durango to play football (by the fall of 1960 he was “up to” 145 pounds) while Sue left on the train for Wheaton College.
Sue was miserably homesick at Wheaton and a year later both of them, (along with my sister Betsy) were enrolled at Sterling College in central Kansas.
Our family trips (now including my brother Bob) to Sterling to visit Sue and Betsy and Harold and our cousin Ginger, remain childhood highlights.
Harold, still dating Sue, of course, was the “big brother” to everyone, particularly as he looked after “the girls” on their many journeys in dilapidated “cars” from home to Kansas and back.
In 1964 my father had purchased an old homestead several miles southwest of Buena Vista and when Harold and Sue moved back to BV they moved in to “Circle 23 Ranch”.
It was there that Harold could enjoy his love of animal husbandry and there that I first worked for him feeding and caring for his sheep after spring school days.He had already been my teacher in BV (Health and Safety as I recall), and now he was my “boss”.I do recall that I was particularly proud that Harold was the “pin-setter” at the new four lane bowling alley on campus and could get Bob and me a special deal to bowl.In May of 1964, Sue and Harold were married at the First Baptist Church in Buena Vista and the wedding reception was in the brand new “small” dining room at DVR.Then they were off to teaching careers, first in Del Norte, 80 miles south, and then back to Buena Vista where Harold taught various courses, but with an emphasis on science.He used his football background to coach junior high football and then became very involved in the developing wrestling program.