After all five sons had left to serve their country in World War II, Clabe Wilson could no longer handle the farm at Minburn, even with a man the landlord had hired to help him.
They found an acreage a mile south of Perry to buy the summer of 1944 and made the move there that October–the same month that Donald Wilson was back in combat in the Pacific, and Danny Wilson was arriving in Italy for combat aboard a Liberty Ship.
Out buildings on the Perry acreage, with a garage for their 1942 Plymouth.
Clabe and Leora began to straighten fences and paint buildings right away. When Danny arrived in Italy and learned about his folks’ new place, he was thrilled that they finally had a home of their own. He wrote, “The new place looks like it can be fixed up to look very modern with a white picket fence and all. Just a little paint, a few chickens, a couple of four o’clocks in the front yard, and a rusty pump, cow, and corn patch in the back.”