A birthday celebration for couple turning 90Life long Granite Falls residents
Both Olrich “Babe” and Pearl Scherer have been blissfully married for 68 years and celebrated their 90th birthdays together.
They weren’t born on the same day, but they were born close enough to celebrate this special milestone with friends and family.
One family member said that Pearl was born on Sept. 15, and Babe was born on Nov. 3.
He also added that Babe was born in the same house that he still lives in today.
“His father moved up from California in 1889, and homesteaded the land,” he said.
The inside of the grange hall was decorated with balloons and place settings for everyone invited.
There was a table and sign-in book next to a display of family photos that was put together to share with all of the guests.
In the next room stood Babe and Pearl behind some candles smiling while everyone took pictures.
Pearl was saying that her secret to long life and marriage is to keep people guessing.
“You have to always keep things exciting you know, sometimes that’s hard to do, but you have to do it,” she said as she smiled and turned to friends.
The couple then bobbed and weaved through the crowd of well-wishers that came out to wish them
a happy birthday, and made their way to the opposite side of the room.
Great grandson, Dakota Scherer, says he isn’t sure what his great-grandma likes to do, but he definitely knew what his great-grandpa liked.
“My great-grandpa likes to garden a lot,” Dakota said.
Looking up and around at everybody he smiled, “he gets upset though if a lot of bugs get in his garden.”
Son John Scherer spoke of his father courting his mother many, many years ago.
“He used to come down to the hall and pick-up my mother, and take her to a show,” John said. “And one time when he came down here to pick her up and get her out of a grange hall meeting; her father was a pastor here, he said, ‘you get in here, you’re joining the grange’.”
After that John said things took their natural course, and they got married. That was 68 years ago.
John says he has many fond memories over the years, but the time his father broke his hip and kept on milking the cows stands out most.
“He had his crutch, and kept on milking those cows because no one else would milk them,” John said.
He remembered Thanksgiving and Christmas were always special with all the family gathering together.
“Now everybody is just too much in a rush, and we don’t spend much time together like we used to,” John said. “I just wish we would spend a little more time together.”
As he got up, he looked around and called for his grand kids.
This will be another memory, a special picture on a special day, a memory to be cherished.