This month’s issue of Nostalgia Magazine features an excerpt from “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation.
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Excerpted from War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation, published by Casemate. Find Cindy’s excellent book online at casematepublishers.com or locally at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane.
Above, Jack and Fran Rogers, 1946. Photo courtesy of the Rogers Family Archives.
When Jack Rogers walked into a friend’s home, she was the first thing he saw. She wore a blue dress with big spools of thread printed on the fabric and she sat on the floor next to the fireplace. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her.
Fran Rogers also remembers her first sight of Jack. “He was beautiful,” she said with a sigh. “He had a golden tan from the South Pacific and his hair was bleached almost white from the sun.”
More than six decades after that first glimpse of each other, the couple still smiles at the memory. They went to the local skating rink that night. Fran had been trying to learn but Jack’s skating skills were polished. “He was a beautiful skater,” she recalled. “And I was not. I was still hanging on to the walls.”
Yet Jack didn’t want to skate with anyone else. “I just skated backwards, if I recall,” he said.
A month later he proposed and two months later, they married. “It was a long engagement of three months,” said Jack, grinning. “I was convinced from the first day that she had it all. She just fit what I was looking for.” Read more here.