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September 15, 2013

Beauty in the bumps

How the Brubakers love has lasted


They moved to an apartment in Fremont for several months until January 1955, when they moved back to Indiana.

“I think Norma cried halfway to Indiana,” Myron said. “It was tough saying bye to her folks.”

When Myron made it to study at Purdue University, he and Norma lived in the married quarters, which were old Army barracks.

According to the Brubaker’s, the living conditions in the barracks weren’t that great.

The barracks’ walls were two inches thick, and the quarters were infested with cockroaches.

They made it work, but with little money.

“We just did anything for a nickel,” Myron said.

They would both babysit and Myron would clean sorority dorms during summer break. Any clothes that were left behind, Norma would take.

“She and I worked together as a team,” Myron said.

Sometimes when they went to the grocery, they’d have to put things back because they didn’t have enough money to afford it.

They also had two children while Myron went to school, which made money even tighter.

They don’t look back on it at terrible times though.

“We had a lot of laughs there at school,” Norma said.

Myron graduated with honors in three years, and then got a job at Central Soya, a soy bean processor company.

The family was transferred multiple times because of his work, but during the 31 years at Central Soya, they always had a tradition.

They would have date night almost every Friday, with no kids in tow. They had a particular restaurant they’d go to in each place they lived during the 31 years.

“I think the secret is to a good marriage is to never quit dating,” Myron said. “I think the biggest mistake young people make is they drag their kids whenever they go out. Norma and I would have that night just the two of us and we’d talk over everything important in our lives.”

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