Russ was very shy and the youngest child of his family. They knew each other throughout the years but didn’t grow close until they were in their teens.
In high school, Louise didn’t date boys -- because of her remote home as well as an older brother’s protective eye.
At their houses, nearly everything was rationed: sugar, food, shoes, gas. World War II was tearing through countries abroad and sweeping men out of the United States.
“Nearly every boy who was old enough went to war, including Louise’s younger brother, Joe,” Janet said.
Then in 1945, Joe was killed on Iwo Jima. The year that followed was quiet.
Louise had just graduated from high school, briefly attended college and returned to help her father on the farm. Russ and Louise’s portraits still hang on a wall that hosts the graduates of small Springdale High School.
When Russ was 16 and Louise 18, they started seeing more of each other. Soon, Russ was visiting the farm again, so many years after they met there as children.
In the winter of 1946, love grew in them, and continues to this day. The couple will celebrate their 70th anniversary on May 20.
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