Residents celebrate 73 years of marriage |

Residents celebrate 73 years of marriage

Provided to the TribuneJohn and Evelyn Grau celebrated 73 years of marriage with an anniversary party at Sterling Village. They were married Nov. 4, 1929, at Sonora, Calif.

Relatives and friends recently helped John and Evelyn Grau celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary with a party at Sterling Village, where they now reside. The event was hosted by the couple’s daughter and son-in-law, Win and Bill Sweet.

The Graus were married Nov. 4, 1929, in a small church at Sonora, Calif. Following a brief honeymoon, they settled in the Gold Country before migrating to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1931. John worked for a short time on Hoover Dam, later called Boulder Dam. He transferred to the Bureau of Reclamation’s administrative staff, which was managing the new town of Boulder City just a few miles from the dam. Evelyn opened a dress shop in downtown Boulder City, and later worked at the hospital for a while. John continued with the administration staff until the government turned the town over to incorporation and left Boulder City.

The couple thought that was a good time to retire, so they left the heat of the desert and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1960. They worked a few years in real estate before retiring again. The have both been very active in government and community affairs through the years. John was very involved in the Masonic Lodge and held many offices. He also was president of the Board of Realtors for two years. Evelyn spent 15 years volunteering for California seniors, first in the California Senior Legislature before receiving a governor’s appointment to the State Commission on Aging.

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