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By Amber Hayden
CONNORSVILLE — Wesley and Delphine Danovsky celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 15, surrounded by friends and family.
The couple was married on June 18, 1949, at West Akers Lutheran Church and would have four children, Sandra, Eileen, Gloria, and Paul. The three girls commented they kept trying for a boy and did so until they got it right and had the baby of the family.
“I lived two and a half miles down the road,” Delphine explained. “And then when we got married I moved in here with Wesley and his parents, and we lived here for about six months before we got our place.”
After 10 years of marriage and helping Wesley’s parents with the farming shares they owned, the couple bought the farm and the 120 acres it came with in 1959.
In 1960 Wesley and Delphine bought the Schmidt farm, 228 acres, and then in 1961 the couple turned around and bought the adjacent 80 acres to give them 428 acres total.
“We were very busy,” Delphine stated. “We had cows that were on the Schmidt farm, but we continued to live in the home located on the first 120 acres.”
Growing up their daughter Sandra was part of the Glen Hi-Riders Saddle club with her dad, Wesley, and Eileen was an alternate.
But the Danovskys sold the horses when the kids began driving as they didn’t ride them much after that.
But as the kids got older and began to move away, the Danovskys would eventually sell 228 acres as well as the cows in 1976.
After selling off part of the farm Wesley went to work for Sanna Dairies for 10 years while Delphine split her time between Fabritec in Amery and Franklin Signal in Clear Lake.
“In 2001 our son Paul and his wife, Peggy, bought the farm, but we continued to live there until they were ready to move into the house,” said Delphine. “So we bought a house in Boyceville in 2008 and lived there for 11 years.”
Eileen was able to surprise the couple on Saturday as the flower girl from the Danovsky’s wedding, Virginia, was in attendance.
“They surprised me,” Delphine said. “They walked in and I saw Virginia and all I could say was oh my word.”
The kids also mentioned the ring bearer would also be at the celebration for their parents anniversary.
Delphine said in their 70 years things have changed such as cell phones and computers are a common theme in every house except for theirs.
“We don’t even have one,” she stated. “I don’t think I would even be able to work it.”
Eileen agreed, explaining she had bought her mother a cell phone and was told to take it back, and even when she attempted to buy her parents a garbage disposal she was told to return that also.
The kids all agreed that growing up with their parents was always good, and they didn’t want for anything as they watched their mother and father work hard.
“We also had to work hard on the farm too,” Eileen said. “But it was always good.”
Wesley and Delphine were also inspirations to each of the kids as they have been with their spouses for many years, with the longest being 51 years in June.
The couple has eight grandchildren, seven which are living, ten great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Delphine now enjoys her time relaxing while reading or crocheting while Wesley goes out running the dog on either coyotes, bears, foxes or raccoons.
There is one thing both Wesley and Delphine agreed on though, that they intend to have another party when their 75th anniversary comes around.