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By Betsey Craig and Gary Young
July 3, 2021, marked the 80th wedding anniversary of Sterman (100) and Virgie (96) Young. This remarkable achievement was celebrated with a small family gathering with lots of good food and plenty of reminiscing.
What began as a spur of the moment elopement and a short trip from Young County, Texas to Walters, Oklahoma, where there was no waiting period to secure a marriage license, is still a vibrant marriage. A couple of farm kids raised during the 1920’s and Great Depression of the 1930’s started married life with a dry bologna sandwich and cherry fried pie dinner eaten under a cottonwood tree along side the road back to Young County. The newly weds started out with $20, less the cost of a wedding dress, marriage license, bread, bologna, cherry fried pie and gas. Not an ideal start and most of their family and friends didn’t see anyway it would ever workout.
Later in 1941, Sterman and Virgie moved to California to work in the defense industry prior to being drafted into the Army in December 1944. Sterman served in the 7th Army, 100th Division, 325th Combat Engineers in France and Germany in WWII and was given an honorable discharge in May 1946 at the rank of staff sergeant.
After returning to Graham, Texas after the war, the couple, along with their oldest daughter Ginny, moved to Post, Texas in 1947, where they still reside. A son Gary and number two daughter Nina were added to the family early in the 74 years Sterman and Virgie have resided in Post.
Sterman was employed in the oil and gas industry and as a drilling and production consultant until his retirement in 1990. He still enjoys his lifelong hobby of woodworking and making furniture for family members along with as many fishing trips as possible.
After the kids were all in school, Virgie worked outside the home at various jobs and businesses around Post. She established a bookkeeping service in 1979 and retired from that in 1990.
When asked about the most memorable things they experienced during their 80 years of marriage, both agreed raising the children and doing their best to spoil their grandkids and great grandkids was the absolute highlight. They hope to get a chance to start spoiling their first great, great grandchild in October.
Changes in technology over their lifetime also received lots of discussion. Both were farm kids and remember starting life without TV, telephone, indoor plumbing and using firewood for cooking and heating. Just about all their food was home grown and canned for winter. Some things were stored in root cellars and in summer they used an ice box refrigerator. There were so many stories, remembrances and changes in such a long life, but their marriage was always a constant along their faith in God.
Congratulations on a life well lived!