60 years of marriage started with clam boil – New York News

Barbara Donahue of East Moriches recalls meeting future husband, Paul, at a special family gathering.


Our love story started in 1949 at a clam boil at my sister’s fiance’s family home in Somerset, Massachusetts. This was the official meeting of the Wasmuth and Donahue families. We lived in St. Albans, Queens.

I was 12 years old. My soon-to-be brother-in-law’s 15-year-old brother, Paul, was there. I had already been told by my sister that there was a nice young fellow in the family who I might like. She couldn’t have been more right.

My sister and brother-in-law married in 1950 and moved to Levittown a year later. Paul, now 16, began staying with the newlyweds during summer break while he worked at a construction company on Long Island.

We spent those summers first getting acquainted and then courting. We enjoyed going roller skating at Jones Beach and baby-sitting our nephews.

Paul graduated high school in 1953 and found employment at H.O. Penn Machinery in Westbury as a mechanic on Caterpillar construction…

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