Financially speaking, life was difficult in the early 1970s while attending Lee College in Cleveland, TN.
There was very little work available and an over abundance of Bible College students who desperately needed the work.
Hardwick Stove Company was very gracious to students. They allowed Bible College students to divide an eight hour work shift. That way, a student could work 20 hours per week at a $1.35 per hour. This was a real blessing to us.
Melvin remembers one time when the word was out that Cherokee Hotel had a bell-boy position open for $3. Students immediately applied for this job including Melvin, however, only to find out that the $3 was not "per hour," rather it was "per day." What a disappointment to everyone. However, later, everybody had the biggest laugh about it.
During the Harters stay in Cleveland, a gas war broke out. Gasoline that was normally 30 to 35 cents per gallon was now selling for 15 cents a gallon. Every one seemed to fill their fuel tanks.
When the Harters first arrived in Cleveland, TN it was an exciting time altogether. It seemed to Brother & Sister Harter like they had traveled to another country since it was 500 miles from home and they had never been very far from home before.
The Harters arrived in Cleveland, TN during the night. Excited about being in a new place, they drove throughout the city. All of a sudden, driving on Ocoee Street, every car that passed was honking their horns, waving their hands, and shouting at the Harters.
The Harters were told in Ohio that southern people were really friendly in the South, so the Harters just waved back and said to each other, "My, these people are much more friendlier than our people in Ohio."
All of a sudden, the Harters heard what one driver was saying to them, "Hey stupid, you are going the wrong way on a one-way street!" What an embarrassment! Melvin and Roberta had the biggest laugh, turned their car around and finally figured out the one-way streets.