Rufus Ogden, Jr. Married: Sandy
P.O. Box 984 Children: Lesley Jill 1
Lake City; Florida Occupation: Salesman
Married 5.5 years. Bought 117 acres of land for farming and cattle. Active President of Columbia County Cattleman’s Assoc. Employed Dixie Lime as salesman.
After graduating from CHS, I attended Young-Harris Junior College, in Young-Harris, Georgia for one year. In 1961, I transferred to Georgia Southem College in Statesboro, Georgia. I graduated in 1965 with a BS in Business Administration. After graduation, I returned to Lake City and worked with Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company for five years. 1970-1981 was spent working with Dixie Lime & Stone Company as a salesman, travelling North Florida, South Georgia, South East Alabama and South West South Carolina.
I joined the Florida National Guard in 1965 and was stationed in Ft. Benning, Ga., and Ft. Jackson, SC.
In 1981, I farmed fulltime for one year and quickly came to the conclusion that I could not make a living by farming only.
In 1982 I joined the distinguished ranks of the teachers of Columbia County, teaching Agriculture to Junior High students. What an experience that was!! I later taught in the Drop-Out Prevention program and eventually tried to hold law and order in the In-School Suspension room. I retired from the Columbia County School System in 2005.
I have also been in the cattle business most of my live and this currently occupies most of my time.
I married Sandy McAllister in 1963 and we have two children, Lesley, who lives in Lincoln City, Oregon, and Kedra, who lives in Lake City. Sandy and I parted company in 1983. In 1985 I married my soulmate, Margie Mershon. Margie has two children, Brian and Amy Slanker, and both of them live in Lake City. Together we have five grandchildren, Brittney, Valerie, Seth, Hunter and Lindsey. Brittney is a sophomore at FSU and the rest are under the age of 10.
Margie and I enjoy collecting antiques and travelling. We have been to the Pacific Northwest several times, and to St. John, USVI, in 2006,with a return trip planned for this summer. If you have never been to either of these places, I would definitely recommend you put them on your “bucket list”.
This doesn’t sound like much for fifty years but it has been a wonderful life. It seems like only yesterday we were graduating from CHS!!