Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed
We vowed our true love though a word wasn't said
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies
Except for the few that were there in your eyes

Dear as I held you close in my arms
Angels were singing a hymn to your charms
Two hearts gently beating, murmuring low
Darling, I love you so

The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn
The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on
Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime
We'd find that our love is unaltered by time
Martha and Richard Waddell  -  Fifty Years Together
Martha and Richard Waddell
Our 50 Years Together
My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on June 4th, 2007.

We first meet in January 1957.  I am home in Springfield, on leave from the Air Force and just back from
Korea.  My friend, Clyde Williams (SHS 1955) knows I'm not dating anybody and offers to introduce me to one
of his fellow employees at Safeway.
I go to the store, find Clyde, and we start towards the woman's checkout
counter. Then I spot another woman -- a really beautiful woman -- at a
different checkout counter, and I tell Clyde I would rather check her out
instead.  This is how I meet my future wife, Martha Ann Bogle.
Martha grew up in California and Arizona.  She
graduated from Peoria Arizona High School in 1955
and then attended Kansas State at Pittsburg.  Her
parents had just recently moved to a farm near
Elkland, east of Springfield.  

We start dating almost immediately and see each other
every day until I have to report for duty at Barksdale
AFB near Shreveport, Louisiana.  We write frequently,
and I make trips to Springfield using leave time and
three day passes.  We are married on June 4th, 1957
in Shreveport.
Later, after my discharge from
the Air Force, we make frequent
moves to attend schools and to
chase defense contracts (I
become a weapon systems
engineer along the way).  From
Bossier City, Louisiana we move
to Ruston, Louisiana (Louisiana
Tech); Dayton Ohio; Fairborn,
Ohio; Santa Monica, California;
West Los Angeles, California;
Santa Susana, California; Lake
Hiawatha, New Jersey; and
Fayetteville, Arkansas
(University of Arkansas).

Our last move in 1973 is to  
Bartlesville,Oklahoma: and we  
still live here.  Our son, daughter, and 4 grandchildren live in the same area.

We celebrate our 50 years together by flying to Vancouver to see various attractions in and around the city,
and to take a cruise to Alaska.
Classmate Richard Waddell sends us his contribution to our anniversary pages.