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In 1943 Peg & Oliver Theophilus moved to Alpine with Peggy Anne, as Ollie was serving in the Army Air Corp at the Marfa Army Air Base. View Martin Mom's letter about first day in Alpine (moving from Ohio) February 15, 1943 • Page 1 Page 2 When the war ended, they went back to Ohio. After a short time they decided that they missed the Alpine area and folks they'd come to know (Ohio winters helped the decision as well). When Ollie returned to Alpine a huge snow storm had come through and the train station had burned down. They moved anyway. Mr. & Mrs Crerar (Peg's parents) said they would move from Cleveland, Ohio as well IF Peg & Ollie had a red haired boy. On April 8, 1946 Buddy (Martin) was born and shortly thereafter the Crerars did move to Alpine. Ollie first worked as a book keeper for LaBeff Motors. He also soon became a printer and he & Peg (with the help of all the family members) began turning out the Shoppers Guide Press ad publication (see below). Ollie later added the San Angelo, El Paso and Odessa newspaper delivery service. This included picking up the Odessa papers in Monahans during the week and delivering them to Imprial, Grandfalls, Balmorphea, Ft.Davis, Marfa, Alpine and Marathon. On Saturday night, the Sunday Odessa paper was picked up at the Odessa press office and again distributed around West Texas. Peggy and Buddy both drove the routes around the area and were accompanied by numerous friends (John King, Tom Karvonen, Kathy Karvonen, Sue Bradford, Carol Avant, George Cooley, Robert Graham and others).
Peg earned a couple of masters degrees at Sul Ross and taught school in Marathon, as well as art, wood working, pottery, jewelry, painting and leatherwork classes in Alpine. The family added magazine and book distribution services and eventually opened the office as a book and Hallmark card shop.
Complimentary theater pass from Granada Theater's Fred Jack for ads in Shopper's Guide Press