Nevada County people: ‘War marriage’ going strong after 65 years |

Nevada County people: ‘War marriage’ going strong after 65 years

After 65 years of marriage, Jim and Margie Folger can still remember the day they met at Alexander Hamilton High School in Culver City.

“She was talking to a bunch of her girlfriends, and she was really pretty, so I asked her out,” Jim said.

“He was going with another girl at the time, so it surprised me, but I didn’t say no,” Margie said.

Perhaps because she didn’t, the Folgers of Penn Valley celebrated their 65 years together on Feb. 27 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pete and Pearlie Newton in Grass Valley.

They made it last with “a sense of humor,” according to Jim, who answered the phone Monday as “Margie’s manservant.”

“You have to be forgiving,” Margie said about a lasting marriage. “We both made mistakes.”

The Folgers’ union was one of those “war marriages that won’t last,” Jim said, but they beat the odds.

After a “so-long night-out,” Jim left for the Eastern Theater, England and combat. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bombardier-navigator on a B-26 Marauder.

Margie worked as a secretary at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft and as a legal stenographer while Jim was away fighting the war. Fifteen months after duty called, they picked up where they left off.

Once home, Jim went to work for The L.S. Starrett Co. in Athol, Mass. He stayed with the firm for 40 years, the last 18 as western sales manager with a warehouse in Buena Park.

Through the years, Margie traveled with Jim as he covered his territory from Denver to Hawaii and Alaska to El Paso, Texas. Her primary occupation was being a homemaker.

They have four daughters, including Alice Brogan Stine and Donna Beth Parks, both of Nevada County. Kathleen Louise Bettis lives in Boise, Idaho, and Virginia Ann Barret resides in San Jose.

All of them graduated from universities and received their master’s degrees. They also have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Margie is an avid card player and participates in several Lake Wildwood groups. Both Folgers are golfers, and Jim’s new novel, “The Briefcase,” is almost ready for the publisher.

His first novel, about his war exploits, “Bridges That Stand,” still produces royalty checks.


To contact Reader Liaison Angela Diaz, e-mail or call 477-4203. To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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