In February of 1964, Paul made a trip to Coshocton and lived with Squire and Helen Crouso. Tim took a few days off from school and drove his dad to Coshocton. Then he flew back. Paul's intention was to look for us a house to live in that had some acreage with it. Squire was a good source to help Paul with this. Paul had purchased our future home on County Road 429 before he returned to California in June. Shortly thereafter, we started back to Ohio. We were driving two automobiles through. One was a Nash Ambassador and the other was also made by Nash - our little red Rambler. The men drove the Rambler as it had a clutch but also had an overdrive and the Ambassador had an automatic transmission. Linda and I took turns driving the Ambassador.
Our trip back to Coshocton was a trip that took a few more days than it ordinarily would have taken. We decided that we would make it leasurely so that the children could enjoy the trip back. It might be the last time that all our family would be able to take a trip together. This was a memorable experience for our children and we traveled north several hundred miles out of our way off of Route 40 to see the Grand Canyon.. We stayed overnight at a motel near the southern rim of the Canyon.
One night we stayed over night in St. Louis, Missouri. We had not realized until after we had rented our motel room that the reason the rates were so reasonable was it was right near Lambert Field and all night long planes flew right over our roof. Also, Fancy, our collie, would wake us up drinking out of the toilet, so we had to get up and put some water out for her.
The last day of our trip brought us through Columbus, Ohio. We always dressed casually to be comfortable. We arrived in Columbus late in the day and were tired and hungry. We started looking for a place to eat and stopped on the west side of Columbus at a Howard Johnson. When we walked in, the hostess approached us and said they had no vacant tables. She didn't even take our name for a future time. We could see empty tables in the dining room and so it was quite evident they didn't want us there because of the way we were dressed. We later found another restaurant that did not object to our casualness.
On our way out of Columbus we stopped in Franklin Park to let Fancy out and we sat on the grass and rested. We only had about 80 more miles to go. An hour and a half later we all got very excited as we approached Conesville and we crossed the Jack Randles Bridge to make our way back to our destination which was Wills Creek. After living here for awhile we learned other routes to get us from Route 16 to County Road 429 where I lived for 28 years.
Tim had been accepted at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio to begin his freshman year in college. Linda would be in her senior year at Three Rivers High School and Carol and E.J. would be at Conesville Elementary.
One of my husband's favorite times of the year was Christmas. The first Christmas we had moved back here from California in 1964 Paul decided that he would take our children along with all their friends in the neighborhood and go Christmas caroling. Larry Kerr and Tim, Linda, E.J. and Carol, Maureen and Mary Ann Tumblin would all climb in the back of the pickup and sit on the bales of hay that Paul had placed in the bed of the truck and sing Christmas Carols at some of the houses in the area. We stopped at the Crouso's - Squire and Helen, Toby and Elsie Holskey, and at a house on Rt. 83 that is now Bry-Det Development Corp. We would come back to our house and have hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.
One of the reasons we moved back to Ohio was to give the children a chance to have a horse or a pony again and be involved in a 4-H Club. This had been something they had enjoyed before we moved to California. We had looked at ranches in southern California before we moved back and found that even the smallest acreage was prohibitive in price. We knew that our money would stretch much farther in Ohio. The girls were provided ponies by Squire Crouso to use for their 4-H projects. They did not own the ponies. E.J. and Carol worked for the day that they would be able to buy their own horse or pony. Linda wasn't that interested. She helped the other two girls groom their ponies and get them ready for showing at the Coshocton County Fair. Also, whenever there was a horse show in the area they would enter to gain more practice at showing. Tim was away at college and wasn't as much involved with this. The whole Vance family was country/western oriented. When Christmas came the
exchange of gifts were cowboy hats, boots, western shirts, bolo ties, etc. Even Paul and I were well equipped with western attire.
E.J. purchased two bull calves from our neighbors, the Tumblins, for $10 and raised them to market weight to earn the money to purchase her pony from Dale Wiggins. Her pony was almost high enough to be in the horse categories. However, she was usually in the pony classes. It was a pinto. She used to practice in our one flat field to enter the barrel race competition where she did quite well. She had first and second place ribbons to show for her efforts.
Carol also purchased her horse, a large buckskin, from Dale. He was a large buckskin. Carol did well in showing her horse. She entered him in many horse shows and the county fair.
We had purchased a second hand horse trailer that held two horses and was pulled behind our pick up truck. Many times Linda drove to and from the horse shows.