Steak 'n shake

A 1962 love story

   Meet Fran and Elmer a true definition of " true love can last". This year will mark 55 years of marriage for the two! You ask why them? Well meet my grandparents who were born in the late 40's and nearly have been through everything. I have been putting together a super unique photo shoot, but also something I can cherish and hang up on my walls at home for keepsake memories. A few months ago it clicked on me! That I needed to create something so special for my grandparents better known as "mama and papa". I thought to myself, what do they like? Where do they love to travel to? What is there favorite thing to do together? Than it dawned on me let's recreate a date where they first met! I called up my grandparents that night and told them my thoughts and ideas for the shoot. Mama gave me the exact details about how they met- keep in mind this was 50+ years ago, that is true love! Heck she even remembered the exact month! I than told Mama to write down there first date for me and any details she would love to include with their pictures. On Wednesday afternoon I drove over to there house so anxious and so excited for this session! So take a look at what true love can be and how Fran and Elmer first met. The last picture is a picture from one of their first dates at The Fox theatre, in Saint Louis.

     I first met my husband Elmer on a chilly rainy day in March of 1962. We met at the Rock Road Steak 'n Shake which is no longer there. Steak 'n Shake was a place where teenagers would meet, hang out and have fun. My friend and I were waiting to meet with some friends, when Elmer  who was in the next car was trying to get our attention. I rolled down the window and stared at him. Elmer said " Your windshield wipers are squeaking miss." I proceeded with " no kidding" and further rolled up my windows. Once our friends got to Steak 'n Shake Elmer knew one of our friends and got in the car. It just so happened Elmer knew our guy friend from high school. He first called my friend and asked her for a date, she said " no thank you." Elmer than called me and asked for a date. I was annoyed and was unsure about this Elmer guy, but I gave him a chance and said " Okay why not." This marked our first date which was downtown at a theatre to go see a movie. The entire movie Elmer was looking towards the ceiling sound asleep. Once the lights came on at the end of the movie he woke up confused about where he was. Back in the 60's there was drag strip known as the Alton drags this was a popular place for teenagers and young adults to hang out. We would go there a lot for dates and of course always Steak 'n Shake. After a few dates this was the beginning of our dating. Surprisingly to our friends and our parents we were engaged within three months. A year later on a beautiful windy summer day in June we were married. June 22, 1963 will mark 55 years of marriage, hard to believe that it is 55 years! We are lucky to have 2 wonderful children and 4 terrific grandchildren! Our advice on making marriage/ love last this long is " stick together through thick, respect, be kind and tomorrow will be another day."  

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