Doyle knew a good deal when he saw it, liked the way the house set up high with good drainage back from the road a ways. From his childhood in northwestern Arkansas he knew the flood danger of locating a house in a low spot or valley, no matter how picturesque.
At first we continued to live in the duplex and work on the place evenings and weekends but Bob's younger sister drove by one day and spotted a couple of guys removing barnwood from our barn out back of the house. That convinced us we needed to move on to the property as soon as possible. We bought a new 14' x 53' mobile home and placed it just east of the old house, hooked it up to electricity and gas, moved in on Halloween Day 1972. No water connected yet, but we moved in!
One day while he was removing the roof of the north room Bob uncovered a nest of newly hatched hawks, small sparrow hawks. He quickly protected the nest from the elements and stopped work on the house for the day, hoping the parent hawk would take care of the situation.