Bob Brown and Alice Mathes met in February of 1954 in Norton, Kansas. They were both living in a rooming house on North State Street when Bob filled Alice's shoe with snow in an attempt to gain her attention and warm her heart.
The rest of their love story spans the next 56 years filled with pranks, laughter, tears, sorrow, joy, pain and more love than one could ever hope for. They were married on December 5, 1954 in Norton.
Shortly after they were married, Bob was drafted in the U.S. Army and stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Since Alice worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, she was able to transfer her job and go with him.
From Kentucky, the couple was sent to Germany, where they were stationed for two years. Living in an apartment in a family's home in the town outside the base, they became familiar with the German people and customs, enjoying their sojourn there tremendously.
When Bob's tour of duty was up, they came home and resumed their lives in Norton. Bob was a mechanic and worked at L.J. Messers Auto Parts Retailers. In his spare time, he built race cars. Before Bob and Alice met, he and his best friend built the first rear-engine sprint car. A replica of this car holds a spot in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa. Alice was working as an accountant.
They had two daughters, Barbara and Catherine. Bob was given the opportunity to manage his own L. J. Messers store in Goodland, so in 1964 the family moved to Goodland, where their son Anthony was born.
In 1967 Bob was asked to teach auto body at the new Vocational Technical School in Goodland, and assumed that new role for 17 years. He then became a real estate broker and insurance adjuster. Bob was involved in the city council and the local economic development and worked many hours for the betterment of the city of Goodland and Sherman County.
Alice also began teaching at the Vo-Tech School. She taught in the business department for 32 years.
Bob and Alice enjoyed taking their children on summer vacations to the Rockies and other places across the U.S. each year. The vacations always had educational value, as historical sites were included in each adventure.
In 2003 Alice published a cookbook, "Mrs. B's Through the Generations, a Cookbook with History," put together by Alice and her family. Catherine did the artwork. The cookbook is a compilation of family recipes from generations that have been translated, and some have been updated to make them healthier. When the cookbook was first published, Alice and Catherine made several of the recipes and attended craft fairs selling the book. Bob went along with the girls and had a great time handing out samples. The cookbook can still be purchased today at Kansas Originals at the Wilson exit off I-70 (exit 206).
Alice has a large doll and angel collection and Bob has remained a life-long race car enthusiast. They are both very proud of their collection of paintings by Doug Huscher, an artist who used to live in Goodland.