By Ashley M. Casey
Area residents Traver and Barbara Knight are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.
The Knights were married Nov. 6, 1948, at St. John’s Church in Oswego.
They met at Savas’ Soda Bar in Oswego in 1946.
“Ed Frawley, a Fultonian, introduced us,” Traver said of their late mutual friend.
Two years later, Barbara and Traver married at a small wedding attended by relatives from North Carolina, Michigan and elsewhere.
When asked for their favorite wedding day memories, Traver said “My beautiful wife,” and Barbara said she liked it all.
She recalled that Traver’s grandfather was very sick on their wedding day and they were not sure if he would recover.
“It was touch-and-go, but we called the hospital and the nurse, who was a friend of my mother’s, assured us that he was (still with us),” Barbara said. “Everything just fell into place.
As for the secret to a long, successful marriage, the Knights make it look easy.
“I went with the flow. You do your own thing. You make up your minds (to get along),” Barbara said. “We made up our minds.”
Traver said they share many interests, such as taking long rides together.
The Knights have not let any disagreements weaken their marriage.
“We didn’t have many fights. We’re both entitled to disagree … but you’ve got to work things out,” Barbara said. “We didn’t get married to break up.”
After moving to Zephyr Hills, Fla., the Knights discovered that their next-door neighbors in their mobile home park shared the same wedding anniversary. The couples celebrate together with dinner every year.
The couple has four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Their only child, daughter Judy Myhill, died in 1991.