March 19, 2011

Positivity: Eskaton couple celebrate 75th anniversary

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:01 am

From Eskaton, California:

10 March 2011

“It was love at first sight…for Jim,” explains Elizabeth McCrohan. The two were 17-year-old high school students in San Leandro at the time – the early thirties.

“I didn’t even notice him sitting behind me in history class,” she laughs, while James McCrohan, her husband of 75 years, sits beside her smiling, waiting patiently to tell his side of the story.

“She took me to a sorority, intersociety dance and from that first date on, we were in love and inseparable,” he then explains. The couple dated through college in San Jose and married several years later in 1936. This March 7, the McCrohans celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

The McCrohan’s life story is prototypic of the “Silent Generation,” at least in most respects. They worked hard (Elizabeth a teacher and homemaker; James a musician and teacher), survived the Great Depression, raised a family of three daughters, “pinched pennies,” and retired, leaving their Oakland hills home of 20 years for their reward house and small vineyard in St. Helena. Elizabeth enjoys sharing details of family pets, classic automobiles, hobbies, friends, family, and their anniversary party invitation that features a circa 1930 photo of the handsome young couple.

As ebullient as a teenager sharing the latest gossip, Elizabeth pauses to apologize, “I know I talk too much. My friends used to say I must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.”

James cracks a sly smile as she continues on with stories of their globetrotting travels, seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. …

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