Albert’s wife Belle was the daughter of Curtis Henry McConoughey and Mary A. Stevenson. She was born on 8 February 1897 in West Salem, Ohio. Her mother, Mary Stevenson died 2 or 3 days after Belle was born. Merle Stevenson McConoughey. Belle’s older brother was about 3 years older. The family moved to Lodi, Ohio. Her father, Curtis worded for Erie Rail Road and became a station agent at Lodi. Curtis married Dora Miller after the death of Mary. There were no children by this marriage.
Belle reached he senior year in High school during World War I when teachers became scarce. She completed her high school credits by teaching in first grade. She attended Wooster College during the summer to obtain a temporary teaching permit and came to North Benton to teach in the one room school. She absorbed the shock of moving to such a small town along with the trials of boarding with a local farmer, Jake and Helen Miller. She taught for 2 or 3 years in North Benton, and studied at Wooster College and then the newly established Kent Normal School during the summers to retain teaching credentials. After teaching in North Benton, she was transferred to a one room school in Berlin Center for a couple of years until she married. Of course in those days, a married woman could not teach.
In June of 1921, she married Albert and they moved into the newly acquired farm. Again, it must have been a shock to take over the responsibility of a large farmhouse, cooking for a couple of hired men, canning, tending large gardens, managing a large cellar with bushels of apples, potatoes and other vegetables that could be held over. Belle earned a reputation as a great cook and managed the life style very well. Belle and Albert raised 3 children, Dora, Merle and Ralph.
As WW II approached, she was approached by the Deerfield School board to return to teaching and she again met the challenge. She taught 5th and 6th grades there from about 1942 until about 1954 and earned a great reputation as a teacher. The school was typical of the Portage County with 12 grades in one building. Typical classes were about 20, so each elementary school room, with two grades had about 40 students.
Belle loved to play bridge with a local group from North Benton. She also taught Sunday school for the Senior group in the North Benton Presbyterian Church.