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Along the Santa Fe
with Charles and Dora Titchenal
By Charles E. Titchenal

Chapter 2
A New Family Life

There was a little church a couple blocks from our house, called the "Holliness Church", and I got in the habit of attending this church on Sunday afternoon. There were quite a number of friendly, happy folks there; among them I met a lovely, sweet girl 17 years of age. I fell in love with her, and she fell for me, so we got to going steady. I was up at her house every night after supper, and we would walk to the Salvation Army meetings together. It wasn't long until she also joined the Army, and that made me very happy.

On the Fourth of July I got the day off, and we went to Long Beach to spend the day. We sat on the sand most of the time holding hands and talking together. It was here that I asked her to be my wife and she consented. We went home that night a very happy couple.

We talked it over and decided we could get along very nicely on $60.00 a month, and that there was no object in a long engagement, so we decided to be married right away and set up housekeeping.

I was only 20 years old at that time and Dora was 17, so we both had to get our parents' consent to get married. We didn't have any trouble getting their consent. We got the license and waited a couple of days and then on the night of July 13, 1910 (the day was Friday) we slipped away with selling anyone to the little Free Methodist Church around the corner, and were married. We went to our new home on East Third Street (we had rented a house a few days before).

We had to pay $10.00 per month rental. This house had a bedroom upstairs, and an elderly lady friend wanted to rent this room from us, so we let her move in, but we were sorry afterwards. We were very happy together, but didn't know how to get this woman to move out, so we looked around and found a nice little house for $12.00 a month, and we just picked up and moved out leaving the lady in the old house. I guess that wasn't a very nice thing to do, but we were young and inexperienced and thought that was the best way out.

We liked the new home, and everything was going along nicely. We were very happy together, and I liked my job in the baggage room.


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