Nevada County people 10/2/07 |

Nevada County people 10/2/07

When Bill Cain met Eileen Devitt in 1938, Devitt was an 18-year-old script girl at a little theater in Los Angeles where 19-year-old Cain had volunteered to take pictures of the cast.

The two connected and married after dating for four years.

Last month, Bill and Eileen Cain ” now both in their late 80s ” celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at their daughter’s home in Grass Valley.

“It was wonderful,” said Eileen, 87. “We had such a marvelous time, and so did our


The Cains own a home in Eskaton Village in Grass Valley. They’ve been Nevada

County residents for the past 28 years.

According to Eileen, what keeps their marriage together is that the two of them liked each other before falling in love.

“Everyone has some disagreements,” Eileen said. “We once took classes on how to handle them. What they taught us was to wait until (a disagreement) cools down and then to settle it, and things work out.

“Consideration for the other person is important,” Eileen said.

According to Bill, when he and Eileen met, they found they shared mutual interests such as watching foreign movies, listening to popular music of the day and sharing common values on social issues.

After 65 years, the two still have similar tastes. They attend Music in the Mountains’ concerts and Foothill Theatre performances and enjoy restoring old furniture, Bill said.

Careerwise, Bill and Eileen were successful people.

Bill, a native of Los Angeles, worked for the Los Angeles Police Department and was a coordinator for the Los Angeles Criminal Court.

Eileen, born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, was a chemist who worked for testing companies in Los Angeles and later for the FBI.

After the two moved to Nevada County, both were volunteers for 14 years. Bill volunteered at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, while Eileen was the curator of the Grass Valley museum.

The Cains have five children ” Brian Cain of Cedarville; Dale Grace of Reno, Nev.; Mary Walker of Grass Valley; Rick Cain of Austin, Texas; and Chris Cain of Honolulu, Hawaii. They also have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

All members of the family were present for the wedding anniversary celebration last month, except for the those from Hawaii, Bill said.

Mutual trust keeps the pair together, Bill said.

Eileen agreed.

“His loyalty is so good,” she said. “I’ve never worried about him looking at another woman. Never.”


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