Here she is at 22 loving the moment on Cameron Lake just around the corner and up Thompson Road from Windy Hill Farm. Jim’s family moved from Elmhurst, Illinois to live in the quiet country of Woodstock. They built a beautiful home with a Bass lake for looking at the fish…no fishing allowed. When winter arrived Ice Skating was allowed. Jim and I shoveled off the snow and then Linda was in her element. It was 1966. We were newly weds awaiting the change in our lives due in March when I would report to NAS Pensacola. She loved being on the ice. Memory says that she might have spent the entire afternoon on Cameron Lake.
She worked a Memorial Hospital for McHenry County in Woodstock as a Physical Therapist starting shortly after she finished her externships in South Carolina and Georgia toward the end of the summer 1966. We lived in an apartment on Madison Street where we lived until our address changed to Florida a year later. Our abodes and when either of us might be living together inside them was sporadic until we moved to Whidbey Island, Washington in 1968. She had commitments to fill in for vacationing PT staff in Woodstock and I had training obligations in various Naval Schools. So, the ice disappeared from her life until 2003.
In that year, a most unique Olympic quality Ice Arena was built on the newly developed Running Y complex. The vast acreage that was once a ranch was purchased by a Jeld-Wen subsidiary to be developed as a destination resort with Arnold Palmer designed Golf Courses, Horse Riding, Outdoor Activities, Hotel, Convention Center, Cottages, and Private Residences. Ultimately it included the beautiful skating rink.
Linda was in her element. To celebrate her sixtieth birthday, we rented the rink for her party inviting all to attend as her guest. She was the queen of the ice that night!!!