A new company starts in the area and wants to sell wood to the Waltons. Erin and he fall in love. Jim-Bob and Ike try to find metals in the mountains to make money, but they find illegally dumped waste.
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The story presumably takes place in the 1940s, yet when Ike and Cora Beth pull up in front of the "federal assay office", parked out front is a white VW "Squareback" station wagon, introduced in the U.S. in 1966, and what appears to be a green 1968 VW "Beetle" sedan, among the other very-modern-looking parked vehicles. See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
As the memories of war began to fade, our lives took on the more natural rhythms of daily life. Spring came to the mountain and the dogwood and the redbud blossomed beneath the evergreen pines. Erin's heart had been sorely tried by the war and for a long time she carried a secret wound. When love did come to claim Erin again she welcomed it with her usual spirit. It was the rest of the family that was left breathless.