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Stair anniversary

Ernest T. “Speedy” Stair and Sherry (Allen) Stair celebrated 50 years of marriage June 22.

They met at Nevada Union High School. He graduated and joined the U.S. Navy in 1956. After she graduated in 1958, they were married and moved to a naval base near El Centro. They returned to Grass Valley after his discharge in 1959.

Ernest got a job at Aero-Jet General. When their son, Christopher, was born in 1960, they bought their first house in Folsom. Their second son, Craig, was born in 1961. Ernest was offered a position in his cousin’s CPA firm in San Rafael, so he entered American River College before moving to San Rafael in 1963.



They bought their second house in Novato in 1965 before buying an old Victorian house in San Rafael. Ernest continued his education at night at Golden Gate College and in 1968 passed the CPA exam. He purchased the practice of a P.A. and in 1975 took in two partners, forming the firm of Stair, Pederson & Williams Accountancy. In 1997, he retired. Sherry purchased a laundromat from a friend in 1988, which she operated until retirement. They sold their businesses and moved into a fifth-wheeler to travel before buying a house in Yuma.

Seventy-five friends and relatives joined the anniversary celebration in Grass Valley, including their two sons and six grandchildren.


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