Ben comes home and decides to go study to be an engineer. So it means he would have to leave the mill and John was hoping that Ben would be the one whom he would pass it to. And when he learns that Olivia is getting worse and that she needs to be taken to a different hospital in another city, he considers selling the mill. Written by
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Ralph Waite's last appearance in the series as John Walton. He would, however, return for the several 'reunion' tv movie specials that followed the end of the series, along with Michael Learned and eventually Richard Thomas. See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
It was a time when our family world seemed to be in constant motion. The movement of people to and from the mountain contrasted sharply with the serenity we had known there for so many years. Perhaps because we were so close to it we didn't recognise the certain signs that an old era was ending, and a new day we couldn't even envision was in its dawning.