Everyone, meet Roma Earles! Roma grew up in western Oklahoma and came to the Douglas County area to do graduate work at KU. She and her husband, Ralph, moved to Baldwin City in order to raise their children on a farm and to work toward subsistence living.
She says "Our three daughters grew up in Baldwin, and enjoyed their opportunities, especially in art and music".
She and Ralph, who previously was an English and Indian Folklore instructor at Haskell University, continued to teach, but had to give up some of those ideas, though they did milk goats and raise chickens and ducks and canned their garden produce, most of which they still do. Since retirement she has been taking art classes and has been happy to have the Lumberyard Arts Center to work with. Roma taught music, Indian education and gifted education until her retirement, still plays piano – sometimes you will catch her playing on her volunteer days at the Lumberyard – and occasionally gives private lessons.