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|What Happens when a Rowdy City Boy from Plainview
Meets a Pretty Farm Girl from Lockney Texas in 1946?
One warm Saturday night in 1945 two pretty 14-year-old farm girls from Lockney went to the "picture show" in Plainview, Texas. Two rowdy city boys from Plainview were also there that day. One of the girls was, Elna Sanderson known to her friends in Lockney as "muscles" for the strength she developed milking cows on the farm where she grew up, One of the rowdy Plainview boys was Walter Eugene Bloys, better known to his friends as Gene.
After about a year of secretly meeting Elna at the movie theatre in Plainview on Saturdays, Gene bought a used Model A Ford from money he earned cleaning metal filings from under the machinists work stations at Green Machinery. Finally he would be able to take Elna on a proper date.
In 1952, after the birth of their first child, they traded the house for a down payment on part of the farm where Elna grew up. Gene made a deal with Elna's father to borrow his tractor to make a crop. Gene would drive the tractor for his father-in-law for one day and for himself the next day.
For the next 67 years the rowdy boy from Plainview and the farm girl from Lockney built a life on the farm that included raising two sons and expanding the farm into a successful cotton farm that covered over 1500 acres. Bill Horton who had once kept the couple apart became Gene's best friend and would remain so for the rest of his life.
In 2009 Gene lost his left leg. That same year Gene and Elna lost their son, Kenneth, who had been tending the farm after returning from California due to health concerns.
In 2018 Gene and Elna Bloys moved to Shallowater to be closer to their remaining son and medical facilities in Lubbock.
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