Ethel and Grant Young, of Lanark, Illinois will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on December 27th. Married in Ethel’s parents’ home near Nachusa, Illinois, in the middle of World War II, it was the culmination of a childhood courtship begun when they were eight years old. They attended a one-room, country grade school together, although living on farms across the road from each other, went to different high schools. No matter, their courtship continued through the U.S. Postal system as Ethel found employment in the Dixon area and Grant enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The war changed many things; it wasn’t until Grant had served in an enlisted status for a period before the war, was then ordered to Navy OCS and flight schools and had been ordered, post training, to a combat squadron, that they were married. Moving to the West Coast, when Grant had to join his squadron in the far west Pacific combat zone, Ethel was selected for employment with the Manhattan Project (designers and builders of the atomic bombs) which effectively ended WW II.
Thereafter, Grant elected to make a career of Navy service and Ethel bravely faced changing her homesite and household, back and forth and north and south, to places near air stations or ships’ harbors to which he was assigned. And in all that time, fostering and raising their four children, 18 times in the next 28 years. Retiring as a Captain, from the Navy in July 1970, after his 30 year career, the Youngs took up residence on their farm home near Lanark where they found a friendly community of caring people and joined in its activities. They traveled widely during the first years of their retirement and enjoyed life very much. Having been raised on farms and seen a lot of places on Planet Earth, they think that Carroll County comes close to being what a suburb of Heaven must look like.
Sturtz's Celebrate Golden Anniversary
To celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ronald and Mildred (Millie) Sturtz, an Open House will be held at the Lanark United Methodist Church, E. Locust St., Lanark, IL on Sunday, December 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. No gifts, please.
Millie and Ronnie were married on a cold December 29th, 1963, at the First Presbyterian Church, Savanna, IL (on the day the Chicago Bears won the NFB League Championship). Celebrating with them will be their children, Eric (Janelle) of Westlake Village, Winnebago, IL; Brian (Mary Jane) of Darlington, WI; and Kyle (Shelly) of Holmen, WI and their five grandchildren: Johnathan, Jesse, Laura, Haillea, and Conner.
Millie is a retired teacher from Savanna, IL, also having taught in Lanark, Freeport and Rockford. She is a frequent organist for the Lanark United Methodist Church. Ronald is a life-long farmer, near Lanark and has retired after more than 57 years. The couple reside at 23879 Straddle Creek Rd., Lanark, IL 61046.