Dorothy and neighbor Barbara Sprott putting together a high chair for the new baby.
In March of 1955, they sold the house in San Lorenzo and moved to a larger, more modern home in the new Glenmoor development of the east bay suburb known as Centerville - which later incorporated into the city of
Fremont. When they moved, the children were still young. Pat was in the the 5th grade at Centerville School. Nancy was a 2nd grader and Margaret was a kindergartener at Norris School.
Brayton Street turned out to
be a good move for the family. The Mayers were lucky to have found a home on a court with wonderful neighbors who would be friends throught the years. Bernie knew Vern Sprott from the Golden State Dairy. Vern and his wife Barbara and small daughter, Judy,
moved in across the street. Also on the block were Lee and Barbara Ferrell, the Stantons, and the Ruthenbecks. A few years later, the Duartes and the Plunketts moved into the houses next door on either side.
Dorothy and the girls explored many of California's recreational areas on their vacations. Some of their favorite destinations included Clear lake, the Eel River in the Redwoods, the Russian River, Ettawa Springs, Yosemite, and Lake Almanore.
Visitors from out of town were also welcomed! Dorothy's sister, Bernice Sunbury, came from Texas for a summer visit accompanied by her husband Tom and children Karen, Jeff, Beth, and Warren. Together, the seven young children
took their parents to southern California's newest and greatest attraction, Disneyland! They all had a wonderful time with Beth throwing away one of her shoes being the only mishap.
the United States plunged into the Space Age, just a year after the Soviets launched Sputnik. New fads were taking overAmerican pastimes such as hip swinging with a hoola hoop, wearing 3-D glasses, and listening to the music of Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers,
Chuck Berry, and the Kingston trio. Parents rested easier knowing that their children had been given Salk's polio vaccine. The mayers would have agreed that California was the place to be, even the Dodgers and Giants had just moved out west.
1958 was a year of fresh beginnings for the Mayers. Nancy was 11, Margaret was 9, and Pat had just celebrated her 14th birthday when, on November 14, a fourth daughter named Jan was added to the family.