April 6 & 13, 2017 Episodes.
It is certainly rare these days to have a legacy of the same trade through four or five generations, let alone strengthening that association by marrying into a family also involved in the same trade. It is also becoming rare to see a devoted marriage of almost 70 years. But that is exactly the legacy of Stuart and Mary K. Compton.
During the war years, Mary K. worked with her father in a bank in Hood River where she was very active in the sales of war bonds. She has strong feelings about the Japanese internment act that impacted over half the students in her high school. In 1945, Stuart & Mary K. met at Oregon State University where Mary K. was studying business and Stuart was in the Navy ROTC program. They often spent time at the Compton family home at 1010 Summer Street NE in Salem.
Stuart was involved with the Sewer Committee in 1955 (pretty necessary when your home was near the bottom of the hill), the Planning Commission, the Salem Hospital board, and numerous other organizations over the years. Mary K. was actively involved in numerous community organizations as well. They are quite proud of their involvement in the life of Salem--"we made a difference." Their tradition of service is now carried on by their sons. Kudos, Stuart and Mary K, for being the example that you have been and continue to be for your family, along with the rest of us here in Salem.