William R. Moule was born in Seattle, Washington in 1912. During the Depression, the sixteen-year-old boy struck out for himself, thumbing rides, hopping freight trains, and working at whatever offered survival throughout Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California.
A Little Moule History, volume one of Bill's story, captures all the growing-up hardships of "making it" in the years preceding 1937. After marrying his sweetheart, Marge, he took their young family to the Philippines to try his luck at mining. Once there, they soon found themselves trapped by the Japanese at the onset of World War II. For three and a half years, they fled the enemy, scrounging for food, building concealed shelters, and, after being captured, enduring the tortures of captivity.
God's Arms Around Us, volume two, is Bill's epic of courage and faith, describing their harrowing struggle to survive and their implicit, unwavering trust and faith in God. On their return, Bill became a licensed painting contractor and opened his own shop, Moule's Paint and Glass, in Grass Valley, California, which he operated for and with his growing family of twelve children, until retiring in 1975.
The Moule's large Catholic family grew to include everyone they came in contact with. There was always a table of food for anyone who came by, always a sympathetic ear for any problem, any time, night or day. Each in their quiet way, Bill through his strength and Marge through her love, they gave their time, their advice, and the inspiration of their unfailing convictions....
Until September, 1989, when, on a trip through Nevada, a fatal car accident ended their lives together. Their lives were a blessing to all who were fortunate enough to know them.
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