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Stallmans mark 65th wedding anniversary

Couple has strong roots in community
By: By Gloria Beverage of the Press Tribune
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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, Beverly recalled. “I hooked him on that date,” she laughed. “We went to Folsom for a milk shake at Wings on Sutter Street.”

She admitted she was only 15 and attending Roseville High School when they met.

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. Beverly filled that void.”

Although they corresponded while he was overseas, Beverly said they didn’t resume the courtship in earnest until he returned to California.

“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 Cavitt-Stallman Road.

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 Placer County collapsed. Many of the ranches and orchards had been unsuccessfully managed by sharecroppers after the Japanese families were sent to internment camps, he continued. The once-booming industry never recovered, but slowly shifted to California’s Central Valley.

“The money just wasn’t there,” he said.

When Beverly became pregnant with their first child, Jack felt he had to find a job. In 1951, he was hired as a civil engineer at McClellan Air Force Base, a position he held for 27 years.

After their children were grown, Beverly worked for seven years for Ralston’s Thrift Store in Roseville.

“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 Salt Lake City,” Beverly said. “I met him when he had to go to school in Chicago. I flew back and rode home with him on the motorcycle.”

They took numerous motorcycle trips organized by the club throughout northern California

“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 Reno with their two children: Jacqueline Stallman, a flight attendant for U.S. Airways living in Seattle, Wash. and Terry Stallman of Gardnerville, Nev., who is employed at a hydroponics store in Reno, Nev.

Beverly proudly added they have a granddaughter, Jessica Moore and two great-grandchildren: 4-year- old Caden and 1-year-old Abbie.