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Twin City Camera Club Life Member Curtis Drake was featured in The Herald-Palladium on July 15, 2013


 75 years of love

Curtis and Irene Drake enjoying marathon marriage


By ANDREW LERSTEN - The Herald-Palladium South Haven Bureau July 15, 2013

HARTFORD - Curtis and Irene Drake can teach young people a thing or two about a long,
successful marriage.

And by young, they mean people in their 80s.

The Drakes, who live along Van Auken Lake north of Hartford, marked their 75th
anniversary Sunday.  Family and friends will stop by July 21 to formally celebrate their
diamond anniversary.

Curtis, 97, married his wife, 95, after they met in Chicago.  They raised two children.

Curtis has advice for younger married couples: "Take it one step at a time.  And there's got
to be give and take."

Irene said the secret to a good marriage is working hard and staying busy.

"We never thought of getting a divorce," she said. "You just go on living.  We've just been
able to hang in there."

The couple dispensed two other good tips.  First, never go to bed mad. Second, always kiss
each other good night.

"I don't believe in fighting," Irene said.

For those attending the celebration later this month, there is a logistical problem.

It's awful hard to find a good 75th anniversary card.  Perhaps they would settle for a 50th
anniversary card coupled with a 25th anniversary card.

The Drakes say they have been blessed with good health and are fortunate to still live on
their own in their house.

How long can they expect to stay married?

"As long as we're still wiggling around," Irene joked.

For the Drakes, it's important that they both pursue their own personal interests, too.

Curtis is active in two area camera clubs and is a member of an area gun club, while Irene
still plays bingo twice a week, according to their daughter, Jean Johnson, of Jenison.

Curtis is a retired farmer and Venetian blinds salesman.

Johnson said her father grew up on a Centennial Farm near Bangor and attended the Van
Auken Lake one-room school.  He graduated from Hartford High School and joined his uncle
in the Venetian blinds business in Chicago.

Irene was raised in Alexandria, Manitoba, and moved to Chicago to help an aunt, who
struggled with arthritis.

Johnson said they met in church.  Their first date was over an 11-cent sundae.  They were
married in 1938 in Alexandria.

They moved to Hartford in 1942 so they could manage Curtis' brother's farm.

Over the years he served with Hartford schools and the Bangor Township Board.  His love of
hunting led him to the Southwestern Michigan Gun Club, where he still competes, Johnson

Irene has been involved in several social clubs and often attends the Hartford Senior


Congratulations, Curt and Irene, you are an inspiration to us all!


Happy Anniversary!

We wish you all the best...





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