celebrates 75 years
people, mostly proud family and friends, held a party for a very special
couple at a Twin Falls retirement home in early June.
and Inez Hatch, pillars of the Bellevue community since pre-World War II
days, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary June 9.
and Halbert Hatch were married in 1927. Courtesy
Bellevue mayor and a longtime Sun Valley ski lift ticket puncher,
Halbert worked at many different occupations. Inez bore four children
and worked in school lunch programs for 26 years.
main gift has been the gift of long life and a loving family, but they
also received other mementos on their big day, including a picture and
letter from President and Mrs. Bush.
and Inez also received letters from Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sen.
Larry Craig, R-Idaho, Rep. Butch Otter, R-Idaho, and Gov. Dirk
asked the secret to a long-lasting relationship, the Hatches said,
"It takes a lot of give and take. You canít always have your own
way." And they expressed faith in their wedding vows, "until
death do us part."
and Halbert Hatch. Courtesy
a remarkable couple and their life together is grand testimony to the
benefits of marriage, said their daughter, Faye Barker of Bellevue.
and Inezís life can be summed up in love and service, not only to each
other, but to the community in which they lived," she said.
credit their longevity and good health to being active and enjoying
life, their family and friends.
both love music and have danced all their married life until about six
years ago when Halbert had knee surgery. Inez has since had a stroke,
and they had to move into an assisted living center."
94, and Inez, 92, have lived at Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls for the
past three years.
where the grand anniversary party was held, and the following is a story
of their lives written by their daughter Faye Barker:
parents Halbert and Inez Wyckoff Hatch were married 75 years on June 9.
They were married in Jerome, Idaho in 1927.
came out west in 1924 from Missouri, to live with his brother. He worked
cattle in Shoshone and Jerome.
was born in Jerome and graduated from high school there. She and Halbert
had their first date at a dance. They have called Idaho home for all
these years except for a short stay in California early in their married
life, and winter stays in Arizona after they retired.
children were born to the Hatches, sons Gene, Max and Robert, and
and Max are both deceased. Their son Robert and wife Gloy live in Yuma,
Ariz., and their daughter Faye and husband Pat Barker live in Bellevue.
The couple has 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
has worked at many different occupations, including ranching, sawmill
and mining. He worked in a hardware store in Bellevue, which he later
purchased and operated until selling out to his partner.
was the custodian of the Blaine County Hospital when it first opened in
1960 and remained in that position until his retirement. He then worked
as a ticket puncher on the ski lift at Sun Valley.
was one of the pioneers in the school lunch program when it was started
in Bellevue by the Civic Club. She worked in the school lunch programs
for 26 years, the last five years as supervisor of the Blaine County
School Lunch Program.
then cooked at the Sun Valley and Blaine County hospitals. When Inez
wasnít busy cooking something, she kept herself busy crocheting
doilies and afghans or making craft items.
their sons were young and in the Scouting program, Halbert was
instrumental with other Scout leaders in building Bellevueís first
was only the beginning of the community involvement of Halbert and Inez.
served on the Bellevue City Council and also as mayor of the only
Chartered City in the United States. He served on the Bellevue School
Board until the county consolidated the district.
belonged to the Masonic Lodge for 30 years and Inez is a lifetime member
of the Order of Eastern Stars. Inez served as worthy matron of the
Eastern Stars and they both served as guardians of Jobís Daughters.
Halbert served as grand master of the IOOF Lodge. In that capacity he
and Inez traveled to many parts of the U.S. Inez served as past noble
grand of Mayflower Rebekah Lodge.
enjoyed belonging to and traveling with the Good Samís organization,
and they are members of the Blaine County Senior Center.