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Stanley & Loleta Jacobson married for 79 years

The Jacobsons ... Loleta and Stanley don’t project if their 80th year of marriage will come around. To them, it doesn’t really matter. “We’re happy and thats the main thing.”

Stanley and Loleta will have been Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson for 79 years on November 28th, 2007.

They both lived in the Nowlin area and, when both were 18-years-old, they traveled to Fort Pierre to get married in a Lutheran church there on November 28, 1928.

"Why do kids do things like that?" said Loleta. "We were both crazy. But, we made it work."

She was a graduate from Philip High School and he was working for the railroad. "Then, we never even thought of making it to 79 years. We never thought of that during our marraige. I don't know how we made it," said Loleta.

"We were just lucky to always have a job," said Stanley. Loleta added, " not good-paying jobs, but they were jobs." He had worked at other things besides the railroad, including hardware retail, but he remembers most that "I had a truck." Stanley owned the dirt-hauling truck while someone else actually drove it. It was used in many government created projects, including the construction of the Cottonwood Dam.

Loleta has worked in many different types of stores, from grocery to furniture to clothing. "Anything to keep the wolf away," she said.

They raised one son, Donald, who passed away four years ago. They have four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and, Loleta said, "last I counted, I think there were 13 great-great-great-grandchildren. That's close enough; I can't keep track of them any more."

"There's quite a group when we all get together," said Stanley. Both he and Loleta admitted that over the last few years it has been hard to get most of them together when there are so many.

Loleta's advice to young people thinking about getting married is, "Not to do it! I wouldn't do it again ... but I don't know. It wasn't easy, but I'm glad we made it work."

Stanley's advice for young married couples to keep their marraiges strong is, "That's their business, not ours." Loleta agreed, "They have to do their own thing."

Loleta summed up their bewildering answers, "It's been a good marriage. I wouldn't know what a poor one would be. We've had a good life." Stanley said, "Yes, we have."

While they were leaving his room at the nursing home for a short stroll, Stanley said to Loleta, "You behind me?" and she said, "I'm right behind you, now get going."

A grandson, his wife and their four young children plan to visit from Minnesota on Friday over the Thanksgiving holiday.

"I'm glad their coming, but I'm worried about them traveling," said Loleta. "Last year we just had cake and coffee. This year I don't know if we'll even have that beings the kids are coming. Maybe we'll have a little get-together, that's all. We're happy and that's the main thing."