It was 99 degrees in the shade on Aug. 14, 2010, but everyone still had a great time celebrating with Vern and Glennora "Marti" Arnold on their 50th anniversary.
Their two kids, Randy and Reba, hosted a picnic for more than 50 family and friends in Lithia Park. All three of Marti's bridesmaids — Maureen (Brabec) Drake, Joyce (Arnold) Courtright and Glenna Brewold were at the party. Servers included Vern and Marti's granddaughters — Gabby, Kendra, Brittany, Rachel and Mackenzie. The cake, in the shape of Cubby's Drive-In, where Marti worked as a young woman, was made by their daughter-in-law, Billie Arnold, and their granddaughters.
Vern and Marti met on campus at Southern Oregon College in 1957. They dated off and on over the next three years. After graduating from college in June, Vern proposed. They were married on Aug. 14, 1960, at Trinity Episcopal Church, which still stands on Second Street in downtown Ashland.
Vern started his job as a teacher a short time later. Their first home was a rental in Grants Pass. During the summers of 1961 through 1964, Vern lived in Corvallis while obtaining his master's degree in education at Oregon State University.
In 1964, the young couple bought their first house for $15,775. Vern continued as a teacher at Hedrick Junior High School, taking a second job in the afternoons at Jackson County Teachers Federal Credit Union. In 1972, Vern stopped teaching and went to work full time at the credit union. In 1981, he took over management of what is now known as Rogue Federal Credit Union, where he remained until he retired in 1994.
Marti loves to read. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find her without a book in her purse. As a lover of the written word, she also is an accomplished author, with her book "Haunting Rose" published in 2000.
Vern pursues his hobby of genealogy whenever he has the chance. He knows several family stories, including how the notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy was known to visit Marti's great-grandmother in Utah.
Vern and Marti always have enjoyed traveling. Every summer when Vern was a teacher, they would go camping, visit family in California and take any other trips they could. One of their most exciting journeys was a trip in 1975 to the East Coast, including Disney World, Civil War battlefields and ultimately Washington, D.C. They have been to all 50 states as well as Turkey, England, Scotland, France, Canada, Mexico and the Panama Canal. They have owned various RVs in their life, starting with a little Rogue Rambler travel trailer. They now travel in comfort in their Pace Arrow motor home, spending most winters in sunny Arizona and California.