Dearborn Times-Herald Thursday, August 10,
(Photo Caption) Evva And David Roberts
are pictured (L) shortly after their marriage July 22, 1910 and after
celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary in 1983 (R). With
Julliette and Henry Courtes they renewed their vows during a dedication
ceremony for the new gazebo at Ford Field at Homecoming.
Together After 73 Years
When Evva and David Roberts were married in 1910, David was earning a
living as a coal miner near Murray City, Ohio. But then the mine
worked out and the couple came to Detroit where David found employment
with an automotive factory.
About 45 years
ago they moved to Dearborn. David obtained a job with the City in
the highway department which he kept until his retirement. Evva, 92,
and David, 96, celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this year.
And with another Dearborn couple, Juliette and Henry Courtes, renewed their
vows in the new gazebo at Ford Field during the Elderfest activities of
divorce rate one in every three marriages today, the Roberts are
constantly asked how they managed to stay together for so many
years. What is their secret?"Well,"
said Evva, "we learned to put up with one another." "The real reason
is that she knows she's still on probation, " said David. "I remind
her every anniversary. She'd better behave or out she goes!"
But of course he doesn't mean it. When they renewed their vows, his
was the most enthusiastic "I do" of all four
participants. Evva was more
sedate. "I don't want to be a show-off." she
This year the
couple went back to Murray City with their daughters Rachel Toleu and Mary
Shunkwiler for a family reunion. The Roberts' son Charles still
lives there. Though they enjoyed the visit, they prefer Dearborn as
their home. However, David,
a sports enthusiast, remains faithful to the Cincinnati Reds rather than
the Detroit Tigers. At one time he
played semi-pro baseball, said daughter Rachel. "To give an idea of how
long ago that was, he received as pay between $8 to $10 a game. Dad
can still rattle off baseball statistics," she said.
Evva remained a housewife
throughout their married life. But she also did volunteer work at
the Veterans Hospital for 25 years as a member of the Bible Committee of
John R. Roberts
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