LIFESTYLE

McCloud couple celebrates 50 years together

Gene Eagle
Bill and Jane Young of McCloud celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8, 1960.

Bill and Jane Young of McCloud were honored at the American Legion Hall Saturday, April 9, 2010 for their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married April 8, 1960 at a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Nev.

The theme for the anniversary was “Hawaiian,” and colorful decorations hung on the wall and  adorned the tables.

A collage of family photos and friends taken over the years were displayed and a three-layered, beautifully decorated white cake topped with a large golden 50 sat on a table.

Friends, family and relatives shared memories, some emotional and some humorous, resulting in lots of laughter and applause.

Following dinner, catered by Raymond Zanni, the couple’s son Brian proposed a toast and spoke of how much he loved his parents and appreciated them while growing up.

Bill and Jane met in 1959  in Newhall, Calif., where she was living at the time. Bill, who was living in Long  Beach and working at Douglas Aircraft, went to Newhall to visit an aunt and uncle.

They married following a whirlwind courtship.

“It was on a Friday. I worked half a day before we left for Las Vegas. We were married at eleven o’clock that evening by a 91 year-old Baptist minister named Lovett,” said Bill.

In July of 1961 they visited Bill’s parents at the Alaska Ranch in Castella, spending a week on what Jane referred to as their honeymoon.

“We did some fishing and hiking,” said Bill. “It was nice to get away from the city.”

That September they moved to Dunsmuir and Bill got a job as an oiler at the sawmill in McCloud. A year and half later they moved to McCloud, the town where Bill grew up and graduated from high school in 1952.

Bill worked at the sawmill until it shut down in 1979, then went to work for the California Department of Fish and Game in Mount Shasta for the next 15 years.  

Jane began a five-year stint working at the Mount Shasta Herald in 1979 in charge of the mailroom, then worked at the fish hatchery for five years as a seasonal aide.

Both retired in 1995.

The couple attribute their happy marriage to always talking things out, never going to bed mad and doing everything together.

“We are very active and compatible,” said Jane. “We both love snowmobiling, square dancing and doing everything together.”

“Then, of course, living in a small town like McCloud you have so many wonderful friends,” said Bill. “It’s like one big family and sharing the years with them, time goes by real fast.”

They love traveling and recently joined the Good Sam RV Club.

Jane belongs to a TOPS group (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) in Mount Shasta.

They have two children, Brian and Karen, one grandchild and one great grandchild.