Jekyll Island holds a special place in many hearts of just about everyone who has a chance to spend some time on our barrier island. For Bob & Mary Rice this rings especially true as they recently celebrated their 53 Anniversary with us in the Grand Dining Room. While filling out a comment card Mrs. Rice wrote she was a secretary on the Island for two summers starting in 1958. We were very intrigued to hear her story, so we called her up and invited her and Mr. Rice back over. We dined in the lovely Riverview Lounge over coffee and a delicious assortment of desserts. To make this blog fun we are going to do a little Q&A style to share Mr. & Mrs. Rice’s story.
- What department where you a secretary?
- I worked on typing letters for the General Manager to solicit business for conventions. She mentioned never being able to copy the same letter as they wanted each one to be unique just like Jekyll Island. She typed these up on an old manual typewriter and anytime a mistake was made she had to use white out. We imagine the type writer looked much like this one below.
- How did you find out about the job?
- I was at college in Mississippi and heard a counselor and another girl talking about a recruiter being on campus for a teaching position. They where pretty loud as I heard them outside my window, so I knew the place must be pretty special. I found a job teaching in Brunswick and the rest is history. At the end of my first year teaching I heard about a summer job on Jekyll Island and rode a bus over from Brunswick.
- How did you and Mr. Rice meet?
- I heard from a friend about Bob the Bachelor and introduced myself at a Church function. I was going to move to Florida a while later after we dated and he said you can’t go because I want you to be my wife. We have been married ever since. Mrs. Rice mentioned they courted during her summers on Jekyll. Mr. Rice told us about how he could bring Mary over to the Dining Room for a nice supper for just about $3.75!
- Tell us about your teaching?
- I taught for many years at Glynn Academy teaching business. At the time before marrying Bob I lived in private home on Union Street with other ladies. Mrs. Rice went onto teach adult learners business at the Adult Education Center. After her children were born and she was ready to go back to work she taught at Brunswick High heading up the business department.
- How much was the toll?
- When Bob originally started coming over to work on surveying the causeway there was no toll so he came by boat. After it was built they remembered it being around $1.00.
- What was your favorite spot on Jekyll?
- We loved all of them!
- How often do you visit Jekyll Club?
- We just came for our 53 wedding anniversary and like to come over from Brunswick for the lunch special sometimes. It is a good deal for delicious food from the Grand Dining Room.
We had so much fun spending time with Mr. & Mrs. Rice and learning more about her time and working on the island. The coolest is how she seemed to be one of the first to try to get groups to come to the island for conventions and now we are striving to be a destination island with our new convention center.