Stories tagged: Love Stories
Wed., June 21, 2017, noon
Love Stories: Iowa couple with love of travel drop everything, move west to be near only son and his family in Spokane
In the 1800s a newspaper editor from Indiana penned the words, “Go west, young man,” and people have been moving west ever since. Not just young men, either.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Love Story: Picture perfect: All it took was a photograph to launch their love
Seven decades later, Donn Thompson still carries that photo in his wallet, and Wednesday he and his bride celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Wayne and Faith Washington: The big man on campus married the beauty queen (who also was an Air Force medic)
She first saw him on the basketball court at Eastern Washington University in 1975. Faith Farrington of Indianapolis was a medic newly stationed at Fairchild. “There wasn’t a lot of …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Love Stories: Love grew in farm country
It seems Ken and Veva Jean Hames were meant to be together. They met at Rosalia High School and quickly became an item, though Ken isn’t exactly sure how that …
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Love Stories: Musical connection holds strong through the decades
Ken and Carol Fuller have been the organist and pianist at First Church of the Nazarene for their entire married life.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 11:40 a.m.
Love Stories: One dance paired Dorothy and Leon Williams for a full life
The Huntington Park Ballroom was awash in men in uniform in 1946, but Dorothy Wunderlich, 17, had eyes for only one.
Thu., April 30, 2015
Love Stories: Placing an ad for love
Long before Match.com, speed dating or Internet chat rooms, there were magazines – glossy publications that ran singles ads for lonely hearts looking for true love. Fifty years ago, Donald …
Thu., April 2, 2015
Love Story: Relationship soars after rocky start
The adage “you only get one chance to make a first impression” may be true, but luckily for George Peabody, a beautiful brunette named Mildred Baker gave him a second …
Thu., Feb. 19, 2015
Cindy Hval’s regular newspaper feature inspires book of WWII romances
Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- …
Thu., Feb. 19, 2015
Soldier fell in love at first typing class
In 1941, the Army Air Force sent John Benadom to Kinman Business University to learn to type. He planned to muddle through the class so he could go on to …
Sun., Dec. 14, 2014
Doug Clark: Acceptance key to couple’s 70-year marriage
The big December countdown has begun. We’re seven days away from the 70th wedding anniversary of Lonnie and Peg Roe.
Thu., Oct. 9, 2014
Love Stories: Learning to love again
An old Texaco slogan says, “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star,” but Gail Justesen has modified it a bit. “I trusted my heart to …
Thu., Sept. 18, 2014
Love Story: Gehrs have had a lifetime of adventure
Sixty years ago Keith Gehr married the girl next door. It turned out marriage was just the first of their many adventures together. They met in Hopewell, Virginia, in 1952, …
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Love Stories: No doubt in their minds
When Bill Lockie boarded the bus in Hillyard one morning in 1947, he noticed a cute brunette sitting primly on one of the seats. He took a seat and stole …
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
The Walkers celebrate 59 years of marriage, song
Rex Walker remembers the day he first laid eyes on his future bride. “It was Monday morning, Jan. 7, 1954.” He walked into the coffee bar in the student union …
Thu., Dec. 5, 2013
Love Stories: Trans-Atlantic pen pals marry, raise a family
They spill from the bin in a colorful array, 400 of them in all. Shiny heart stickers on pink envelopes tumble among airmail envelopes bordered in red, white and blue. …
Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
Love Story: The Creightons still find time for fun after 65 years
When a Lewis and Clark Tiger danced with a Rogers Pirate, sparks flew. Or at least that’s what George Creighton thought.
Thu., Sept. 5, 2013
Love Story: Letter from friend paved way for Brenneckes
In the summer of 1962, Ron Brennecke wandered into a drug store in Elizabeth City, N.C. The West Valley graduate had been sent to North Carolina by the U.S. Coast …
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013
A look, a song started the Cassis’ long romance
She heard his voice first – then his laugh. A group of young men were chatting at a downtown drug store, but Jackie Cassis was intrigued by one particular voice. …
Thu., July 18, 2013
Love Story: High school classmates reconnect at reunion
She noticed the handsome football player with the friendly smile at Anacortes High School. Faye Asseln recalled, “I had a little crush on him and said to myself, ‘Someday I’d …
Thu., May 2, 2013
Love Story: Her comic books won him over
It wasn’t her eyes or her smile that captured his heart – it was her comic books. Sixty years ago, Laurie and Sheri Zapf met in the third grade in …
Thu., March 28, 2013
Love Story: Marriage marked by adventure
It was the car she noticed first. While enjoying a soda with her mother at Halpin’s Drug Store in Spokane Valley, Maggie Moore watched a sleek, black 1947 Buick Super …
Thu., Feb. 21, 2013
Love Story: Sharpshooting city girl right at home on farm
For more than 60 years, Ralph and Geraldine “Gerry” Reifenberger have made their home in Fairfield amid the rolling hills of the Palouse. “I married a city girl and transplanted …
Thu., Feb. 7, 2013
Love Story: Blind date really opened couple’s eyes
When Bill and Irene Zimmer met on a blind date, they already had a lot in common. Bill, a senior at Gonzaga University at the time, had grown up on …
Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Love Story: Adventures through military formed strong bond, family
When you hear about a boy from the Colville Indian Reservation who meets a girl from Kansas City, in Japan of all places, you know you’re in for an interesting …
Thu., Dec. 6, 2012
Ring confusion adds twist to courtship
Her white nurse’s uniform caught his eye. “Those sexy white shoes!” he recalled, grinning. Then he noticed her slender legs and shapely ankles. “I could marry those legs,” he thought. …
Thu., Nov. 22, 2012
It took a few decades, but classmates meet, hit it off
They walked down the same halls at West Valley High School – had some of the same teachers, knew the same people, and graduated together in the class of 1969. …
Thu., Sept. 13, 2012
First meeting at ages 12, 14 led to marriage
Steve Leaf has never forgotten his first sight of Dolores “Doe”, who later became his wife. She’d been hit by a car and was confined to a hospital bed with …
Thu., May 3, 2012
Blind date, ball game brought them together
Patricia “Peacha” McFaul first glimpsed her future husband on a basketball court in January 1951. This comes as no surprise to those who know lifelong athlete Ted McFaul. A mutual …
Thu., April 12, 2012
Couple sharing dance of life
They danced together. They laughed together.