Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HAPPY 70TH ANNIVERSARY; They Can't Recall Exactly Where They Got Married, but the Vows Stuck

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HAPPY 70TH ANNIVERSARY; They Can't Recall Exactly Where They Got Married, but the Vows Stuck

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey

Henry Schwartz likes to say he picked up his future wife on the beach in Mayport.

She likes to remind him that all he did was give her and a few other people a ride.

He likes to add a little spice to life.

Before she would accept his marriage proposal, she needed assurances that wine, other women and gambling would not be part of their lives.

A little spice, however, was OK.

Henry and Evelyn Schwartz were married Aug. 23, 1942. Seventy years later - yes, 70 - they are still married, still in love and still balancing each other out.

"I've got what it takes," he said, with a wink.

"I married him young and I raised him right," she said, with a chuckle.

He is 89, she is 92. The Schwartzes can't remember exactly where they got married - somewhere out in the country, before a justice of the peace - but are sure what led them there.

Henry's persistence.

Evelyn was not so sure about marriage. She was an independent spirit and required convincing.

"I kept pestering the hell out of her," Henry said.

After a few weeks, he was successful. When they wed, he was 19, she was 22. In their wedding photo, he is in his sailor uniform, she in a pretty dress.

He spent a few years in the Navy, then worked for the railroad and then for A&P bakery. She was a seamstress and a sewing teacher and still sews many of her own clothes. They lived 55 years in the same house in East Arlington, had two sons and a daughter. Along the way, they outlived their oldest son, Henry's namesake.

They couple have had their disagreements over the years, but their commitment to each other and the marriage helped them steer through the storms.

"When we got married, it was until death do we part, just like the Bible says," Evelyn said.

That was never in question, said granddaughter Joann Clark. …

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