Jim and Linda Thorne of Walla Walla, who met on a blind date initiated by Jim’s sister-in-law, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday.
They wed on Aug. 31, 1963, at First Presbyterian Church, Pendleton. Linda’s maiden name is Rose.
Jim was a sheet metal worker and foreman for various companies. He was in charge of the Columbia Center Mall when first built, and worked on Cordiner Hall, the Whitman College library, Berney School, Key Technology, Yakima school buildings and Hanford sites. He retired in 1997.
He is a lifetime member of BPOE 288 and the Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers, and supports and volunteered for Tri-State Steelheaders. He likes to attend various banquets to support wildlife in the area. He enjoys travel and especially enjoyed 14-day cruises to the Panama Canal and Alaska.
Linda taught eighth- and ninth-grade social studies at Helen McCune Junior High School in Pendleton for three years. She taught American history and government for 30 years at Walla Walla High School. She retired in 1999.
She enjoys quilting, gardening and reading. She is a lifetime member of the Blue Mountain Riders and is involved with the Walla Walla-Columbia Counties School Retirees Association.
Both enjoy going to their mountain cabin and riding four-wheelers around the mountains.
They have a daughter, Corrie Thorne Hadley of Hermiston; a son, Scott Thorne of the Moore-Oklahoma City area; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Taylor Thorne.