One Bicycle for Two

By | March 5, 2013
Eula & Kenneth Kuhns

Primrose residents Eula & Kenneth Kuhns

Decatur, IL, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 24th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

We met at a Jitney Supper, in the Fall of 1933 at Allenville Grade School, Allenville, Illinois. We both had just moved into the area, both in the 6th Grade in different school districts. He had moved from Bement, and I from Decatur during The Great Depression.

There he was, a boy with a bicycle, a handsome person with wheels! Kenneth took me to church and all around town many times on that red bicycle. He had ingrown toenails, so he would come to see me barefoot, because shoes hurt his feet.

It was a sight to see him arrive, riding his bicycle, barefoot, a starched white shirt and tie, and starched bib overalls! (I knew he owned shoes.) He was too shy to explain his bare feet.

Kenneth became quite an acrobat at riding that bicycle backwards, waving as he rode out of sight, down the lane from my house. He lived about 5 miles away, through the hill and a river bottom road where he said he “pedaled like hell” on dark nights.

We dated all through high school, never thinking we would be married.

World War II came along. Kenneth was working in the Curtis Wright Airplane Factory in St. Louis. We had a church wedding on September 13, 1942 in Allenville Christian Church. We were married just 4 months, when the Air Force took him away to the South Pacific for 3 years.

I worked in Indianapolis, making bombsights; we kept the V-Mail going every day. Lots of love letters, but rather difficult to have a family. After the War, we made a promise to never be apart and to not have to write any more letters to each other after the 3 years of daily letters during WWII.

Our daughter, Jan was born 20 months after his return from overseas. Our son Stan, was born three years later. We have three grandchildren, and four great grand children.

We have been retired for 30 years, after Ken had worked 25 years, as a Tool Design Engineer at Caterpillar, Decatur. We lived on The Lake of the Ozarks for the first 20 years of retirement in Osage Beach, MO.

We moved back to the Decatur area in 2002, first to Hickory Point Christian Village, then to Primrose in August 2010 to “This is Living!”

by Eula & Kenneth Kuhns
Decatur Primrose residents

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