Delia couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary
George and Elsie Humphrey will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary Sunday, October 2 in Delia.
The couple were both just 21 years old when they exchanged vows and have kept those vows ever since.
George was born and raised in the Delia area. Elsie lived in Manitoba for the first few years of her life and moved to Michichi when she was 2 years old. Elsie frequented the community dances with her friends.
Since meeting George at a dance in Michichi when they were 17, George and Elsie have done everything together.
“I don’t go anywhere without Elsie and Elsie doesn’t go anywhere without me except to the hair salon,” laughs George.
They both agree that maybe this is why they have made it this long.
“We only had $600 when we got married. We just had to work hard and we tried to love one another in the hard times.” George said.
George and Elsie courted for three years before saying “I Do” in 1946. During this time, George started working at the Nacmine as a miner and continued working there until 1949.
After working in the mine, George started farming while Elsie stayed home with the children. They had four children, one girl and three boys, which has grown to six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
happy with how far my horses and I have come,” said Jayana. “I am very lucky to have been taught by RaeLynn Armstrong, Niki Cammaert Flundra and Madison MacDonald who are among the best in the North America. I am very excited and nervous to represent Canada and compete in Las Vegas this December."
The riders train together near Bassano.
These girls will get to go down and compete in their age categories,” explains RoxAnne. These range from under eight, up to 17 and older. “All the girls are competing in the individual part of the competition where they are judged on horsemanship, presentation, and on their tricks.”
There is also a team competition and Piper is on one of the squads.
“It is a pretty intense competition for these girls and we’ll see how they do,” said RoxAnne.
Leading up to the event, the team is doing a demonstration at the Canadian Finals Rodeo on November 9. They will also be selling raffle tickets to help fundraise for the trip. They are actively looking for sponsors to cover the cost of the competition and travel.
“Ever since I was a little girl, it has been a dream of mine to perform in Vegas. Through hard work, dedication, countless bumps and bruises, I have been able to turn that dream into a reality. I am very excited to be representing Canada this December in Las Vegas,” said Shelby Burns.
George and Elsie Humphrey, soon to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, share their story.
Shelby Burns, 17 years old, doing the Hippodrome.
Piper Yule, 6 years old, doing the Shoulder Stand.
Trick rider Jayna Hale, 11, of Dorothy vaulting over her horse.