Stallmans mark 65th wedding anniversary
Beverly Stallman summed up the success of her 65-year marriage in one word: Compromise.
“I believe that is the focal point,” added her husband, Jack. “When you have a marriage, you are no longer on your own. You can’t make decisions on your own. (Decisions) always affect the other person. You have to learn to live with that.”
The couple met on a blind date on June 5, 1945,
She admitted she was only 15 and attending
Shortly afterwards, Jack joined the Merchant Marines and spent three years in the South Pacific.
“The years I spent at sea gave me lots of time to think about things,” he said. “All my thoughts were about her. I didn’t fit well with my family.
Although they corresponded while he was overseas,
“I think we’re kind of soul mates,” Jack acknowledged.
They married on Sept. 25, 1949 and moved into a garage on ranch land adjacent to Jack’s grandparent’s home on
For the first two years, Jack built their home while managing the 70-plus acres of orchards developed in the late 1800s by his grandfather, Charles Stallman, and his uncle, Gus Stallman.
After World War II ended, Jack recalled, the agriculture industry in
“The money just wasn’t there,” he said.
After their children were grown,
“I loved that job,” she said, adding she started out as the Display Manager and was later promoted to Store Manager.
She was also instrumental in the formation of the Miners Ravine Garden Club.
“I entered all the fairs and earned lots of blue ribbons,” she said.
For several years, the Stallmans were active members of the Capitol City Motorcycle Club. Jack served a few terms as club president.
“The longest ride we took was back from
They took numerous motorcycle trips organized by the club throughout northern
“We had some wonderful times on motorcycles,” she said.
However, they stopped riding when they were in their 30s because it no longer felt safe to be riding motorcycles on the road.
The couple will be celebrating their anniversary at a family gathering in