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Thalkens exemplify good Wyoming people

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 2013


John and Phyllis Thalken still smile after making a life together for 63 years. Photo/Pat Mitchell.


WHEATLAND In an age when marriage longevity, especially in teen marriages, is often the exception rather than the rule, a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old have made it 63 years.

John and Phyllis Thalken, who never dated anyone else, have continually lived on what was Phyllis' family farm since 1949. Her dad, Joe Weber, homesteaded in 1917 in the Grayrocks community. Phyllis was born in the Sunrise area with only one sibling. John was born in Laramie to parents who worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and lived at places like Semine Lake northeast of Rawlins. In this time when many people cannot fathom a young man being responsible with a firearm, he wandered the hills hunting on his own. When his father (also John Thalken) moved the family (Mom Lydia and two sisters) to Guernsey to work on the dam, John met and married Phyllis, and the rest is history.



For the complete article see the 04-03-2013 issue.

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