Great State: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Thanks

AGRA, OKLAHOMA — Proximity, timing, and the power of a first impression. Cupid’s arrow hit its mark right around the time this school picture was taken in 1932.

“The first day of school,” chuckles Glen Smith. “I guess she grabbed onto me and didn’t let go.”

Glen and Barbara McKeown were hardly ever apart after that, and they still aren’t. “I think he wants to talk about us,” says his wife Barbara about the reporter asking questions in their living room.

They live in a house he built north of Agra. Glen and ‘Bobbie’ share a busy month of November.

Their birthdays are only two days apart. They celebrated 75 years of marriage on November 14th. Glen turned 19 on the day they got hitched.

Glen explains his attraction to ‘Bobbie’. “Some people, you’re just instantly attracted to them,” he says. “I don’t know why. Maybe you could talk to some psychiatrist or something but anyway it does.”

The Smiths raised two boys. Glen was a submariner in WWII. Bobbie was a phone operator while he was gone.

He worked 30 years at Phillips Petroleum in Ponca City. He raised some cattle and did some carpentry work.

They were never rich in dollars, but the Smiths hit the jackpot when it came to good memories. “We never ran out of things to talk about,” says Glen. “We just kind of blended together.”

On the day they were married Glen and Bobbie stopped by his parents place for dinner and a picture in the front yard. Skip ahead 75 years and this is their front yard now. The Smiths are still here. “He remembers everything,” says Bobbie.

So many Novembers come and gone. The Smiths of Agra are thankful for every, single one.


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