|Marion in her late teens|
While living in Greylock and working at the mill, there was occasion, some mill business of some sort, to travel to New Bedford and meet with other mill workers. That's when my father's family met my mother's family and became lifelong friends.
|The Birch/Jennings kids at Mausert's Pond, l-r: Marion, Hugh J., Tom, Norman J., and Al (my mother was not yet born)|
Marion, Tom, and Al grew up and into the start of WWII. Tom entered the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Arizona for part of the war. Al joined the Navy and spent the majority of the war in the Pacific. After a short stint when Marion and her parents lived in Stamford CT, the three moved west to San Diego (Marie, Tom's future wife accompanied them) to be closer to Tom and also, they felt, where Al would come ashore. Sometime near the beginning of the war, Marion met and married Connie, an Army man. During her time with her parents in San Diego, my cousin Paul was born. That was Feb. 8th 1945.