As of Tuesday, June 24, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — Born and raised in Canfield on the Doumeq Plains above the Salmon River across from White Bird, Alfred J. “Al” McCulley grew up in a large family.
“There were 14 members in the crew,” he smiled. The McCulley children attended a one-room schoolhouse in Canfield, about two-and-one-half miles from their home, where they usually went to via horseback.
McCulley, 86, has been chosen as the Border Days grand marshal for 2014, an honor he says he “greatly appreciates.”
Border Days is set for July 2, 3 and 4, with the Micky and the Motorcars concert culminating the weekend Saturday evening, July 5.
He attended GHS until he hit his senior year when he was drafted. Following a stint in Frankfurt, West Germany, he returned to Grangeville and completed high school. He and his wife, Luella, met in Keuterville and have now been married 63 years.
In 1957 they purchased Mobile Oil Distributors, a company the couple owned and ran for 27 years. In 1983 they sold out to Cenex Harvest States.
The McCulleys raised three children — two daughters and a son. They have five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
“I think this is the best place in the world to raise kids,” McCulley emphasized.