They were born as The Great Depression began. Eighty plus years later, they are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On January 27, 1973, Helen Moore married Edward Bollier. It was the second marriage for both.
My father died young in 1971. My mother, Helen Moore, was a very young forty-two years. The following year, she and Edward became a couple, and in early 1973, they married. Both were parents and both had grown children. Both started their families while they were still teenagers. Helen and Ed were in their early 40s when they married, but neither had experienced the kind of freedom they would experience in their new life together.
Young enough to do so, they took to having fun they might have missed out on having families at a young age. Ed had a big motorcycle, and they rode it together many places, Helen sitting right behind Ed, holding on tightly as he drove. Wearing mainly matching clothes, they were a dashing couple.
Living and working in Lufkin, they soon spent much time at a favorite spot for fishing, boating and fun - Lake Livingston - then in its first decade of service. They bought a house boat and kept it at the lake, using it mainly on weekends. They hosted many friends and relatives on the boat, often spending the night out on the boat. Ed would catch, clean and fry up fish on the grill he had on the boat, and that was some good eating.
My late father's parents took an immediate liking to Ed, and considered him family. They even visited Helen and Ed on the lake, going out on the houseboat and spending the night. My Granny Moore was quite proud of spending her first night ever on a boat in her seventy plus years.
Mama and Pops took motorcycle trips to places like Shreveport, and various cities in Texas. For longer trips, they got an early RV and used it to visit relatives and attend church meetings.
As they grew attached to the Lake Livingston area, they decided to buy a house on the lake. Of course, Pops can build anything, so he soon began a renovation process that would see the lake house improve in size and utility for many years. Friends and family would visit them at the lake house, which they used primarily on weekends in the beginning.
After much consideration, they decided they wanted to open a plumbing business at Lake Livingston and live there full time. They sold the house in Lufkin and moved to Lake Livingston, where they opened a new business - Bollier Plumbing. Still in their forties, they were creating a new life.
For eight years, Mama drove to her job in Lufkin, a round trip drive of over one hundred miles, every day, five days a week. In eight years, she racked up over 200,000 miles driving from their home in Lake Livingston to her work in Lufkin. During that time, they built their new business, with Helen handling bookkeeping, paper work, and all the things necessary to keep the business and its file in proper order. Ed handled the operational side - the plumbing and hardware - using his extensive knowledge and state licensure. The business became a success.
Mother was able to retire from her job in the late 1980s, and that allowed her to end the daily drives to Lufkin and devote her time to their business. The rest, as they say, is history.
Ed Bollier has always treated my mother like a queen. When I told him several years ago that I appreciated how he had always treated Mama like a queen, he said simply but emphatically "she's my queen."
I think of Pops and Mama as the King and Queen of Apple Springs. To this day, he always opens the car door for her. Always. His devotion to her is truly admirable. I've thanked him before but I want to thank him again, on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary.