Kermit and Phyllis Schauer celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy)
LAS CRUCES – Kermit and Phyllis Schauer celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16. They recently reminisced on their life together, from North Dakota to Las Cruces and many places in between.
Phyllis and Kermit each grew up on small farms in North Dakota. They met in school in Streeter, North Dakota, but they knew of each other before because the town was so small.
“We started seeing each other during the Christmas break in 1950. After a basketball game, Kermit asked if he could take me home, and I went with him. And from that time on we were seeing each other, writing to each other,” Phyllis said. “Not always in the same town so it was difficult sometimes to see one another but, we wanted to be with each other so it kind of grew from there. “
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Kermit later went off to serve in the Korean War and Phyllis went to college. But while they were apart, they wrote letters to each other. The couple married in 1955 and had five children. They now have nine grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with a fifth on the way.
Curiosity seemed to be part of the intrigue of New Mexico. “I’m a Korean War veteran and a lot of the people I served with were from the Southwest. And so, I wanted to come down and see the place,” Kermit said.
Kermit and Phyllis Schauer celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, 2020. Pictured is the couple on their wedding day. (Photo: Courtesy)
Gail Schauer, the couple’s daughter, said when her parents got here, her father told her he wished they had moved sooner.
She said the family used to pack up and go on trips all together. Phyllis said they have been to most of the states west of the Mississippi, and quite a few to the east. So, moving to New Mexico was not their first venture south of North Dakota.
“I remember that it was I think usually Christmas, we would pack up the whole family, my mom and dad and whether it was four or five kids, however many they had at the time, and we would travel,” Gail said. “When we lived in North Dakota, we would go it seemed like to me we kept going further south every Christmas. First it was South Dakota, then Nebraska, then Kansas and every Christmas we’d go a little further south. Until I remember one Christmas, we came all the way down to New Mexico and we had Christmas in New Mexico with no snow. The strangest thing ever.”
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Kermit worked as a certified public accountant (CPA) with his own accounting practice in North Dakota.