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  • Couple stays ‘footloose and fancy free’ to keep fun times coming

    Wayne Best is clear about who is to blame for a union that’s spanned 69 years. “It was all Clara’s fault that we met!” he said. From their north Spokane …


  • Couple’s love no different now than when they were teens

    Sometimes you get another chance to nab “the one that got away.” Wes Scott did. In 1949, his sister, Charlotte, introduced him to Shirley, her classmate at Colfax High School. …


  • International union began on the Cheney farm

    Hog butchering might not be your idea of a great first date, but it certainly leaves a lasting impression. When Wayne Hull met a pretty girl named Karen at a …


  • Carpool starts long romance for Curlew couple

    Cash-strapped college students often look for ways to stretch their meager resources. Tom McKay did. In 1940, while attending Eastern Washington University (then Cheney Normal School) he gave rides to …


  • Love Story: Formal invitation blossomed into 65-year union

    Lynn Jackson came up with a unique way of asking a girl out while attending high school near Lansing, Mich., He had an old hand rotary press that he used …


  • Marriage forbidden, couple started over

    Sometimes falling in love has painful consequences. For Jim and Andy CastroLang it meant giving up another lifelong love. The couple met in August 1981 at Blessed John XXIII University …


  • Dishwashing started love cycle

    Love can make a person do unexpected things. For Rusty Clemons, it motivated him to wash dishes at his brother’s Colville restaurant. A pretty waitress named Marie had caught his …


  • Love Story: Faith is key to couple’s bond

    Rolland and Mary Farnsworth may have fallen in love quickly, but they didn’t marry in haste. In fact, their courtship spanned four years. They first saw each other in 1938 …


  • Front Porch: Love stories drive effort to publish

    Writing a book is a lot like giving birth, except it takes a lot longer than nine months and nobody offers you an anesthetic. For the past 18 months, in …


  • Man met his future wife on a blind date; they ended up together 64 years

    One evening in the spring of 1943, Betty Ratzman received a phone call that changed her life. An 18-year-old college freshman she’d never met was on the line, and he …


  • Love Stories: EWU schoolmates married 70 years ago

    Andy Anderson vividly remembers his first sight of his future bride, Teddi. Her mother taught at a country school near Ewan, Wash., and each weekday morning she drove past the …


  • Love Story: Sixty years on, it’s still the little things

    Bonnie Shaw first saw him in the hallway at Central Valley High School. Six decades later, her eyes still sparkle at the memory. Harvey Shaw, home on leave, had stopped …


  • 70 years in love and still laughing

    Dick and Audrey Bixby met at North Central High School, but Audrey had had her eye on Dick for quite a while. “He was tall and handsome,” she recalled. “My …


  • Love Stories: She fell for a farmer after all

    Like many young women, Melba Jeanne Yates fantasized about the man she’d one day marry. He’d be handsome of course, and a Christian, but one thing he would not be …


  • Love amid challenges of Alzheimer’s disease

    A former Navy Seal, he earned a master’s degree in education. And nine years ago, at age 63, still trim and fit, he found the love of his life. But …


  • Polka partners for life

    The Pennsylvania Polka brought John and Christine Jasley together in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 24, 1942. Christine was dancing with a soldier when the first strains of the tune filtered …


  • War, religion can’t keep Spokane polka partners apart

    The Pennsylvania Polka brought John and Christine Jasley together in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 24, 1942. Christine was dancing with a soldier when the first strains of the tune filtered …


  • Polka partners for life

    The Pennsylvania Polka brought John and Christine Jasley together in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 24, 1942. Christine was dancing with a soldier when the first strains of the tune filtered …


  • Spokane Valley couple’s match made online

    A friendly wink has long been a way to let someone know you find them interesting, amusing or attractive. Though the advent of online dating has changed the way couples …


  • No one, not even captors, could remove the ring

    On June 1, Jerry and Nancy Gleesing will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary – a milestone by anyone’s measure. Yet the Gleesings would be the first to tell you the …


  • The many faces, facets of love

    Love is messy and frustrating and maddening. And yet, because of its potential, we pursue it. We’re willing to upend our lives, disrupt our routines and friendships to take the …


  • Persistence that paid off

    Lloyd Headley knows a good thing when he sees it. More than 70 years ago, at a Sunday School picnic, he glimpsed a pretty girl wearing white slacks. “I saw …


  • Persistence pays off for Spokane Valley couple

    Lloyd Headley knows a good thing when he sees it. More than 70 years ago, at a Sunday School picnic, he glimpsed a pretty girl wearing white slacks. “I saw …


  • For Luetys, love struck chord

    The tale of how a singer from Canada fell in love with a trombonist from Montana reads like a storyline from a movie musical. Treena Luety grew up in Toronto …


  • Quick courtship, long love affair

    Thirty years ago, Guy Perham went to Ichabod’s North to shoot pool with friends and ended up meeting the love of his life. A beautiful barmaid with a warm smile …


  • Still bowled over after nearly seventy years

    If first dates are a signal of things to come, then conventional wisdom would dictate that Morris and Doris Little shouldn’t have had a second outing. “It was a blind …


  • Dancing the tango of love

    “If you want to have a good life, first of all you have to have a good woman and then you’ve got to dance!” said Stan Jones. As Jones explained …


  • Trittos’ love stronger than a good pickup line

    Recently, we asked for love stories to fit around Valentine’s Day. Using Huckleberries online, a Spokesman-Review blog, we received an outpouring of stories. Stories that were funny, poignant and wonderful …


  • Dancing the tango of love

    “If you want to have a good life, first of all you have to have a good woman and then you’ve got to dance!” said Stan Jones. As Jones explained …


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