Valley City couple celebrates 75 years of marriage on Valentine's DayValley City, ND (WDAY TV) - On this Valentine’s Day we give you a chance to meet North Dakota's classic sweethearts. When Ken and Kay Dawkins of Valley City got married FDR had just been sworn in as President, and "talkies" started replacing silent movies. Today Ken and Kay are marking their 75th Anniversary together.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
On this Valentine’s Day we give you a chance to meet North Dakota's classic sweethearts. When Ken and Kay Dawkins of Valley City got married FDR had just been sworn in as President, and "talkies" started replacing silent movies. Today Ken and Kay are marking their 75th Anniversary together.
Ken Dawkins doesn't miss a day paying a visit to his sweetheart. At the age of 100, he still drives every afternoon to see the girl of his dreams whom he married 75 years ago. She said I do too. Both Ken and Kay grew up near each other, not far from Oakes, North Dakota; both on a farm with very little.
Kay Dawkins – Married 75 Years: “We didn't have electricity. We didn’t have a refrigerator. We didn’t have running water.”
The two graduated together from high school and Ken finally took Kay on a date.
Ken Dawkins – Married 75 Years: “We probably went to a picture show in Oakes, maybe. They had a movie theatre there.”
And in style.
Ken Dawkins: “Chevrolet Coupe.”
They dated for six years, waiting to wed.
Kay Dawkins: “I remember we went to get the ring. If we had money we would have got married sooner but we didn't have any money.”
Ken and Kay had big plans of getting married in Fargo. Family would join them from Oakes, but Mother Nature had another idea. A blizzard was brewing.
Kay Dawkins: “I don't know why we picked January but we did.”
So with just a preacher and witnesses, Kay and Ken tied the knot.
Kay Dawkins: “It wasn't much of a wedding, we just got married.”
Today, he is 100. She is 101, and the honeymoon continues.
Kay Dawkins: “It's been a good marriage we have done a lot and we have a lot to be thankful for.”
Over the years, they had a family, loved each other more. On this Valentine’s Day, Ken brought her chocolates. It surprised Kay because he was always a day after shopper.
Kay Dawkins: “Heart Valentines didn’t go on sale until the day after Valentine’s Day.”
Ken looks forward every day to seeing his sweetheart of 75 years. She is in a care center. Both are sharp as tacks and after a century of living and loving, and 75 years together, forever,
Kay Dawkins: “Not all easy.”
They still cherish each other. Nothing fancy, just pure prairie passion.
Ken Dawkins: “Hope we can still keep it up, not sure how long but as long as we can, we will.”
The couple says they never had debt as newlyweds. Kay plucked chickens for living. Ken worked at the general store in Oakes.