ESCANABA - James L. Johnson and the former Betty Steinmetz were united in Holy Matrimony 60 years ago on Feb. 2, 1952, at St. Joseph Church in Escanaba. Standing in for the couple were Blanche Johnson, sister of the groom, and George Steinmetz, brother of the bride.
Jim was employed as a truck driver for Morley Murphy and was also a farmer. His wife was a homemaker. After working on the dairy and potato farm of Jim's parents, Louis and Rose Johnson, Jim and Betty purchased the farm in 1973 and operated it until they retired.
Betty is a past member of the Daughters of Isabella and Hydettes Home Extension Club and was a Ford River 4-H Club leader. She is currently a member of the Escanaba and Ford River Senior Centers where she serves as a volunteer. In her spare time, she enjoys playing cards and bingo, embroidering, and crafts.
Betty and James Johnson
Jim's hobbies include collecting and repairing old tractors and small engines.
As a couple, they are lifetime members of the Escanaba Steam and Gas Engine Club and are members of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church. They have spent many winters traveling to Mission, Texas, in their motor home.
The Johnsons are the parents of six children: Pamela (Michael) Maki of Spring Lake, Mich.; Sandra (Randy) Thompson of Robards, Ky.; Debra (Stephen) Frazer of Gladstone; and Stephen (Gloria) Johnson and Susan (Tom) Burke of Escanaba. Their son, James G. Johnson, is deceased.
They also have 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
An anniversary reception in honor of the couple is planned for later in the spring.