The Pittsfield Pilgrim 

June, 2017

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Nella and Mike Hobson, Publishers

Editor: We asked our friend June Valentyn to share a little about herself.

I was born in Exeter, NH. My dad was an ROTC student at UNH. Upon his graduation, our family moved to Fayville, Mass., where he had a teaching position. When World War II started, my dad became activated and left his teaching position.

My mother, grandmother, sister and I were all packed into our car and followed my dad from base to base so that our family could all be together. As my dad went from one base to the next, I was enrolled in different schools -- Louisiana, Oklahoma, California, Georgia and Virginia. Housing was often very difficult to find and in Virginia, a watermelon plantation owner offered to erect a platform tent on his property for our family to use. He even converted a tool shed to be used as a kitchen for my mom. We lived there for three months.

When my dad was sent overseas, the rest of our family moved to Natick, Mass, where I graduated from high school, attended UNH and after transferring to Framingham College, received my B.S. degree in Home Economics