By RODNEY D. BOAM
So what is the secret of being married for 70 years?
Ask Deone Auger and she will tell you she doesn’t think there is a secret to being married to her husband, William (Bill), for a long time.
“You just have talk to each other,” she said. “You just have to love and respect each other and try and get along.”
The two were high school sweethearts. Their lockers were next to each other. They were both in the orchestra. He played the trombone and she played the violin. He remembers carrying her violin up to the top floor of the Oneida Stake Academy. She doesn’t remember that, but they walked up there together and became good friends.
Deone remembers Bill as being quite a character, always cracking jokes and popular with about everyone.
“He had a redheaded girlfriend and got into an argument with her. He told her if she didn’t quit arguing he was going to take the other redhead home. That was me,” Deone said.
That’s when it started. He was a junior and she was a sophomore.
The high school had only been open for a year. The Academy had the stage and orchestra room where they held music practice. The two played for the school opera and graduation.
Bill and Deone Hall were married on Feb. 13, 1943, 70 years ago, halfway through World War II.
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