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79 Years In The Making

February 13, 2014, 9:58 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

79 Years In The Making
BOWDLE, SD -

Down 5th street in the small town of Bowdle is a story 79 years in the making.

"Oh we met at a dance on the Fourth of July evening," Otto Mueller said.

Otto Mueller and his wife, Anna, who isn't talking as much as her husband these days, celebrated their 79th Wedding Anniversary this week.

Otto: When we got married, we got married at the courthouse by a judge and he says don't both of you get mad at the same time, that's the advice he gave us.
Erich Schaffhauser: And you listened?
Otto: We must have.

Their marital longevity has received recognition from the World Wide Marriage Encounter organization. The non-profit announced the Muellers as South Dakota winners of its longest-married couples contest.

But the couple who now lives here at the nursing home in Bowdle says the beginning of their marriage was a little more hush, hush.

"She took her suitcase and headed out in the alley behind her blacksmith shop, her dad's, and I picked her up there at five in the morning and we drove to Forside, MT and got married," Otto said.

Which Mueller recalls earned him a very angry father-in-law at first.

"He asked her mother I guess if he should send the sheriff after me and she said, 'no let them go,'" Anna said.

To start a marriage that's withstood the test of time... to say the least. Otto turned 100-years-old a few months ago. Anna is 96.

"I don't know, must have been love or something kept us together," Otto said.

For an impressive 79 years.

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