Second Marriage - Elaine and I
1974 - 1978
It had never been my intention to just live together, and I finally talked her into marrying me. We were married in the Clear Lake United Methodist Church by a friend of mine who was the minister there. We had a short honeymoon in Independence, Oregon.
After she became pregnant with our son, we made a trip to California to see her family. Her father was not well, and he died before our son was born, knowing at least that he was going to be a grandfather.
Back in Salem, I got a job as a custodian and night desk person at the YMCA.
We moved again to a duplex on Highway Ave., where our son Ernie was born in 1975. He was named after his mother's father, but his middle name was the same as my father's first name, so he carries the first names of both of his grandfathers.
Having finally found the Church to which I could unreservedly belong (see My Search for Truth), I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a few months after Ernie was born.
Problems with our marriage began even before our son was born, and they got worse. She never really wanted to get married in the first place, although she did want to have a son. We moved again to a small house in West Salem. I got a job in West Salem as a Calender Operator for a company manufacturing conveyor belts for making and drying paper.
Finally in early 1977, my wife and I separated. I moved to an apartment on the Salem-Dallas Hwy. I ended up filing for divorce myself, as she was waiting for Legal Aid to move on it. She got custody of Ernie.