When you've been married for 67 years, you get to know each other pretty well.
That's certainly the case for Dale and Dorothy Green who are celebrating 67 years of marriage today.
The couple met in Dale's hometown of Cleghorn where Dorothy was teaching band and chorus. Dale went into the Army at the tail end of World War II, serving from 1945-47. It was when he had come home on furlough that they were engaged.
Dale and Dorothy Green celebrate 67 years of marriage today. They were married May 3, 1947 in Hawarden.
Photo by Michael Tidemann
Thanks to the GI Bill, Dale was able to attend college at Morningside - the same college Dorothy attended. The couple were married at Dorothy's parents' home in Hawarden, and Dale taught science and later started the counseling program there.
The Greens came to Estherville in 1963 where Dale was a counselor. Dorothy taught for a year at Lake Park before teaching in the Estherville school system from 1969-84. Dale also taught for five years at Estherville Junior College - later known as Iowa Lakes Community College.
So we've heard of silver anniversaries. And golden. But 67 years?
Now what's their secret.
"You've got to love each other," said Dale. "And when the kids were small, we did it together. I think Dorothy was a good mother."
The Greens had four children - three girls and a boy. They lost a daughter, Mary, to breast cancer at age 42.
Their oldest daughter, Margaret, has a private psychology practice in Plymouth, Minn. near the Twin Cities. Her son is an MD and her daughter Lisa teaches at Southeast Polk. The Green's son Bob teaches in Plainview, Neb. and Ruth Mroch, their youngest, has three children and lives in the Chicago area where she's a lifestyle consultant.
"We've had a good marriage," said Dale. "She and I still talk things over. We've always cooperated. I think that makes a difference.
The Greens can offer some pretty good advice for young couples thinking of tying the knot.
"Those marriage vows mean something to us," said Dale. Family get-togethers are important, too, as a way of cementing family relationships.
And they've lived a full life. In 1973 they traveled to Europe and they've camped throughout the US.
"We've had a real good life together," said Dorothy.
Well-wishers may send greetings to: Dale and Dorothy Green, 26 N. 13th St. Apt. 1, Estherville, IA 51334