Downers Grove couple credits faith, family and a steel beam on 60th anniversary
DOWNERS GROVE — You wouldn't know it stepping into George and Lorraine Kirkland's Downers Grove house, but beneath their floorboards runs a steel beam.
The beam — a requirement from village officials when the house was going up six decades ago — is strong enough to support a few more stories, George said. They head underneath it every time there is a tornado warning.
Turns out, a strong foundation is also the key to their lasting marriage.
This week, George and Lorraine Kirkland are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary — with every one of those years spent in the house that George built himself.
"I moved in here as a bride," Lorraine said.
George and Lorraine were married on April 4, 1953. The July before, George and his father broke ground on their Prairie Avenue house when that street was still gravel and they could look across a field to Ogden Avenue from their front yard.
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