The Baytown Sun Baytown TX 21 Jul 1983 Marvin Matherly
THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, July 21, 1983 3-A Family Lives In Car Under Freeway SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — The place where the Matherly family of five lives is "noisy," but it has one redeeming quality, Marvin Matherly says. It's free. The Matherlys, including three young children, live in a 1966 Plymouth parked beneath a San Antonio expressway. Matherly, a former Fort Sam Houston soldier, said he was laid off from his $12,000-a-year job in January and doesn't know what else to do. "We've tried everything," he said. "We're just taking it from day to day, keeping the kids fed." Wednesday, the Matherlys' money — about $80 in cash and $150 in food stamps — was stolen, along with Patricia Matherly's purse. "We tried to get on our feet," he said. "We were camping out trying trying to save some money. And then my wife's purse was stolen. I'm at my wits' end." Matherly, 32, said he sometimes works for a local temporary temporary service, but that his minimum wages don't go too far with three children to feed. "If we just had a place to live," he said Thursday. "I'm not afraid to work. Except the way things are going now, I just don't know." In the mid-1970s, after his discharge from the Army, Matherly said he landed a job as a collections agent with a San Antonio Antonio aviation supply company. He moved the family into a $500-a-month rented home and lived comfortably before "the bottom fell out" and the firm dissolved. The Matherlys pawned the furniture furniture from the house, lived with friends a few months and stayed free at the Salvation Army building for a week, Matherly said. Irma Escamilla, the director of social services for the Salvation Army, said Friday that the Matherlys stayed at her group's shelter from June 17 to July 2 and off-and-on up until the present. The family still takes most of its meals from the Salvation Army and has slept there two nights this week because of the rain, she said.