Emil and Caroline Gratias Golden Anniversary
Golden Wedding Couple's Success Recipe Is Smile I ! mip 1' r - (Jl Fifty years of happy wedded life will be behind Mr. and Mrs. Emil Gratias of Fontana on Monday. Today they are celebrating the golden anniversary with a family dinner at their home. (Special Staff Correspondence) FONTANA, May 16. Whatever the adversity, just keep smiling, is the recipe Mr. and Mrs. Emil Gratias of South Palmetto street, Fon tana, have for couples who would celebrate their golden wedding an- j niversary together. Mr. and Mrs. Gratias will have been married 50 years on Monday, and Sunday they are celebrating the occasion with a family dinner at their home. Only a part of their family can be present for the celebration, but gifts and messages have arrived from the children and grandchildren who are too far away to attend the dinner. Although Mr. Gratias is in his seventies and his wife in the middle sixties, their appearances belie their ages, and both are active and able to enjoy life completely. They have made their home in Fontana for the last eight years, the lure of California having brought them from their Iowa farm home in 1919. They first lived In Long Beach and then chose Fontana when Mr. Gratias decided to become a citrus grower. Their marriage was celebrated In Blue Mound, Wis., in 1SS6, but they moved that year to Iowa and lived there until coming to California. With them at their home is their daughter, Miss Ruby Gratias, while a son, Clarence Gratias, and his family live in Long Beach. Their other children are Earl Gratias and Mrs. Alma Spotts of Mason City, Iowa, and Roy Gratias of Glen Flora, Wis. They also have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Gratias' sister, Mrs. Ed Baumgardner, lives in Fontana. Among those who will be present for the anniversary dinner today are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Baumgardner, a niece, Mrs. Anna Buckley of Santa Ana, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gratias of Long Beach, Miss Ruby Gratias. and an old family friend, Dr. C. H. Harris of Los Angeles.