Janet and George Hartford celebrated 49 years of marriage on December 28th when they renewed their vows among family and friends. Officiating at the ceremony were long-time friends and Anglican ministers Charlie Parslow and his wife Mary. Mr. Parslow was Superintendent of Schools in this District up to his retirement and his wife Mary taught in the same school system.
Over 70 people signed the guest book. A light lunch was served with the able assistance of Michele Burton, and Grace Walsh, with help from the Lions, Legion and the Library.
The Hartfords were first married in Beaverlodge Anglican Church on December 29, 1956. We timed it for the Christmas vacation Janet says. George thought it was a good idea to renew their wedding vows, and the timing is particularly apt as their children were all home for Christmas; Doug who is a physician in Victoria, Rob, who resides in Tumbler Ridge with his family, Crosby who lives in Dawson Creek and is an Aboriginal councillor there, and the oldest child Nicola, who lives in Slave Lake with her family.
The Hartfords taught in Dawson Creek, moving to Tumbler Ridge in 1982 when the town was being built. At that time George and Joyce Anderson, the other Tumbler Ridge teacher, had seven students, which grew to 125 by the end of the school year. Janet moved to Tumbler Ridge in January of 1983, moving into their home on Murray, and then moving into a smaller house a few years ago. The house on Murray is still occupied by family members.
Congratulations Janet and George.