December 26, 2012
Dick and Velma Scharen, 93 and 90 respectively, are shown with their wedding portrait Sunday in Springfield, Ore. The photo was taken in 1938, six months after they married at 18 and 15.
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Dick and Velma Scharen were each other's gifts on Christmas Day, 1937.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- If memory serves -- and it has to go back a long, long way -- Dick and Velma Scharen met either the day before or after Valentine's Day. Ten months later, on Christmas Day, they married. The year was 1937, in the depths of the Great Depression. He was 18, she was 15.