Central Park residents Harold and Ruth Frafjord celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family from across the country, at Friends Landing on Aug. 11. Their son David from Long Beach, Calif., and grandson Steven from La Mirada, Calif., his wife Nancy and the Frafjords’ three great-grandchildren, Levi, Aaron and Nicole.
In 1941, Harold and Ruth Dow met at a dance in Onalaska. After the start of World War II, Frafjord was “invited” into the Army and was stationed in Bakersfield, Calif. When his wife finished high school, she joined him and they married Aug. 18, 1942, at Chapel of Sacred Memories in Bakerfield. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Los Angeles. Ruth worked for Eastern Columbia Department Store in Los Angeles. In 1944, Harold was shipped overseas and Ruth moved back to Washington.
After the war, Frafjord drove a caterpillar tractor in the logging industry in Onalaska and Morton areas until 1950 when they moved to Central Park and built their home where they live today. Frafjord worked the next 10 years in the plywood industry, then went to work for the Aberdeen School District until his retirement in 1980. From 1966 until 1986 he also worked part time for the Federal Aviation Administration in Hoquiam. His wife also worked for the Aberdeen School District for 15 years.
The Frafjords have been avid bowlers in Montesano and Aberdeen Leagues and you could always find the two of them at the dances in Elma and Lewis County Senior Center. The Frafjords enjoyed camping at Solduc in Olympic National Park and tailgate parties at Rice Lake and Mount St. Helens with their family and friends. Harold logged his own trees until two years ago and Ruth still has her beautiful garden of fruits and vegtables wich she cans for the family. Now they enjoy spending every summer with their three great-grandchildren.