Would you like to remember some of the great events that took place 75 years ago? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to 1947.
In politics, President Harry Truman enacted the National Security Act and created the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council.
In sports, Jackie Robinson, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was the first African American woman to play major league baseball.
Under the Arts and Entertainment category were the popular films Pinocchio and Fantasia, while the late Bing Crosby rose to fame with the song White Christmas.
In consumer news, gas was 15 cents a gallon, a new home was about $6,600 as of September this year at an interest rate of about 2%. And a loaf of bread cost 13 cents.
And in the love category, Jean and Marion Hess Sr. said “yes” to each other 75 years ago on their wedding anniversary — September 20, 1947.
Three children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren later, the Metairie couple recently looked back on their decades-long marriage with their Katrina rescue dog Lucki by their side.
That first date
“I played third base in high school in Warren Easton, so we went to a Pelicans baseball game on our first date,” said Marion Hess, 95, a US Army veteran who served in Germany in the Battle of the Bulge under General George Patton served in World War II. “I thought Jean was pretty and a nice person. I just wanted to spend time with her.”
“Yes, our first date was at a baseball game,” recalls Jean Hess, 93. “I didn’t really know much about baseball, but Marion explained everything to me. I just enjoyed being with him.”
After dating for about a year, Marion Hess proposed to his future wife on the porch of their New Orleans home.
“When he proposed to me, I thought, ‘Well, it’s about time,'” laughed Jean Hess. “From the start I thought Marion was such a nice man with a great laugh and smile. He would do anything to help someone.”
When they married, Jean Hess was 18 and Marion Hess Sr. was 20. After that came three children – Deanna Hess Harvey, Marion Hess Jr. and Melissa Hess.
“Grown Up Together”
“Mom and Dad were so young when they had me,” Harvey said. “They have always been very open and honest with me about everything and maybe that’s because I’m the eldest. And I think in a way we kind of grew up together.”
The family lived near Bayou St. John and City Park in New Orleans for many years. Harvey called their home “Base Camp”.
“So many wonderful memories are made in this neighborhood and in this house,” Harvey recalled. “My siblings and I are close to our parents, who always made sure we attended good schools during our childhood, spent time playing outside, and ate dinner with the family every night. This home was our “base camp”. ”
Marion Hess Jr. is the middle child and only son. He said his parents have given him advice on many things over the years, but one piece of advice stands out.
“My mom and dad always told me to be honest and honest with everyone,” he said. “That’s how my parents lived their lives. They really are soul mates and my sisters and I are so lucky to have had them all these many years.”
The Hess’ youngest child, Melissa Hess, said her parents were “very independent.”
“When my father wanted to go fishing or hunting, my mother would be happy for him to go,” she said. “And if my mum wanted to go shopping or go on vacation, dad was fine too. They were very independent.
“The few times my parents fought, they never raised their voices or held grudges. They would quickly get over what the disagreement was about. They really are each other’s best friends.”
Jean Hess worked in the bookstores of the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College. She also worked as a dental assistant at LSU Dental School.
“Mom loved going to work and I feel like she’s reinvented herself after staying at home most of her life,” Harvey said. “At dental school, she was always a student advocate and was there as their biggest cheerleader with encouragement and their needs as dental students.” Marion Hess retired from the sheet metal department of Avondale Shipyards after 40 years.
The couple works hard to take care of their health. You take 50 vitamins a day.
“It’s about prevention,” says Melissa Hess. “You have to start many years in advance to prevent things like dementia, cancer and heart disease.”
For those preparing for marriage and for those who are already married, the Hess’s have some simple advice.
“Don’t go to bed crazy,” said Jean Hess. “And always show love and patience.”
“Keep a grip on the Lord above and raise your children well,” said Marion Hess. “And just be nice.”