By Celene J., July 18, 2017 — I was the maid of honor in Sarine’s wedding. She was mine in my wedding. She was married to a man named Dennis. I was dating a guy named Dennis. We went on lots of double dates. We ended up breaking up. I started dating a guy Keith. We dated for a year or more. We went to the movies, dinner, get coffee. On May 20, 1972, I married Keith. We got married at a church here in Meadville. Our honeymoon was at Niagara Falls. When we were there a man jumped off the falls and killed himself. We got home and moved into a trailer. We had a baby girl Julie, Feb 23, 1973. She was 7 pounds 4 pz 19 inches long. She had blond hair.
My second daughter was born on March 17,1974, ten months after I had Julie. Her name was Nicole, I had her at Spencer Hospital, right where I am now. She had a little round face. “Oh was she a cutie.” She was 19 inches long. When she was born we lived in Pittsburg. It was winter time. I had Julie in a coat and blanket. When I came home I put her in the bassinet with that on. She was red as a beat. I had to rush her to the hospital. They gave her an ice bath. She had a fever. I dressed her too warm.
Keith worked as a manager at Wendy’s in Pittsburgh. We moved to Meadville. One day I was home alone and heard a crunching noise. The trailer came completely apart in the middle. I called the landlord. He said he would come after supper. He was sorry. I don’t know why it happened.
June 24, 1975 I had my third daughter Kelly. She had a round face. She looked like a Pixie baby. She was also born at Spencer hospital. I was told to feed her every two hours and she grew chunky. She was also a tow head.
We made another move to Meadville to an apartment on Poplar Street. Our landlord asked us to go into business with him redoing homes. We did that for a while. After a while we moved out into a trailer with Propane heat. It was expensive. My husband I fought a lot. One fight he put a pistol in the kitchen. He said you or me. So I left him. I moved into an apartment in 5th ward. My mother’s family lived in Franklin they wanted me to move there. They sent a cop out because I didn’t have a phone. The cop said to call my uncle. He invited me for Thanksgiving. They got me a town house down there. I moved with my daughters. They went to school right across the street. There was a man named Bill that lived with me. My daughters couldn’t stand him. I just put up with him. One day he put fire crackers in the mail boxes. We thought it was funny, He just got yelled at for it.