Merle and Emma (Colgin) Douglas married on Sept. 14, 1953, in Iola. Their children request a card shower for their 60th anniversary. Cards may be sent to 429 N. Roosevelt St., Marion, KS 66861.
Merle grew up in Yates Center and Emma grew up on a farm near Moran. Oil field work brought the family to Marion.
In 1957, Emma’s brother, Bill Colgin, and Merle moved to Marion to work the oil fields. When Emma’s mom died of cancer in 1958, she and their three children (at the time) moved to Marion. They had two more children after the move.
Their children are Donna Ollek of El Dorado, Deb Budke of rural Strong City, Pam Chizek of Marion, Cathy Jantzen of rural Peabody, and Melinda Schroeder of Marion. They have eight granddaughters, seven grandsons, 16 great-grandsons, and nine great-granddaughters.
The family will have a celebration at the county lake.