My Story | Fred S



Graduated high school at 16 years old; I thought, now what do I do?? My father was a farmer/contractor, so naturally I would help him. Twice a day our 12 cows were milked - by hand; other livestock fed, taken care of and there was planting and harvesting with a team of horses. 

Then in March 1943, the letter came from Uncle Sam saying I was to go to Camp Perry in Toledo, OH for induction into the US Army. It was just less than three years in the Army Air Corps; however, I lived in many camps from Texas to Maine. After discharge I partnered with my father in Construction. While my Dad was an excellent finish carpenter,  I preferred masonry work. This helped me during my Purdue University years as I supported my family by working for a Professor who was building a house on the golf course. Many tons of Indiana limestone were handled, and laid for fireplaces, chimneys and patio floors.

Fast forward to retirement from Magnavox as a production engineer. Again, my masonry skills were used as we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Helping those less fortunate in Charleston, Miami, Montgomery, Tupelo, and in Canada where we often worked along with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter during Carter Work Weeks. We even made it to Hawaii on two different trips where we volunteered to build educational-unit additions to Missionary Churches on two islands. 

Today we continue to build friendships at River Terrace Retirement Community

Fred S.