At ages 17 and 19, Eunice and Lloyd Ford were married in secret late one night by a Baptist preacher in west Paris.
Eunice, aided by her aunt, left her parentâ€™s home under the pretense of going to a show in town, but instead met up with her love, Lloyd, and eloped.
That was the night of April 9, 1929.
Lloyd, 102, and Eunice, 100, recently celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary.The couple still live in their home of several decades in Rugby, with one of two children, Gary Ford, living next door.
The longtime couple still remember their younger days, when Eunice lived in Hugo and Lloyd on the property where Camp Maxey sits today near Powderly â€” the place they met.
Euniceâ€™s grandparents lived near Lloydâ€™s family and she grew up friends with Lloydâ€™s sister. Both insist they â€œnever knew the other existedâ€ until their mid-teens. Both families were hard-working farmers.â€œI didnâ€™t know she was there,â€ Lloyd said. â€œI was just a little squirt and she was even smaller.â€
â€œWe would go down there in a wagon, work all day, come in and milk a cow, feed the hog if we had one, and just live like you want to,â€ Eunice said.
When Lloyd and Eunice â€œstarted going together,â€ and began talking of marriage, Lloyd had a spat with Euniceâ€™s father, and rather than Lloyd asking her father for permission, the couple decided to elope.
Eunice said in 83 years of marriage, theyâ€™ve never had a fight.
â€œWe never have fought,â€ Eunice said. â€œWeâ€™ve gotten mad at one another, but we never have fought. Usually if he got on me about anything, I walked off and left him. We never did quarrel.â€
The couple gave some marriage advice:â€œMost of the time, if you get mad, walk off until you cool off,â€ Eunice said.
â€œThe first thing is theyâ€™ve got to love one another,â€ Lloyd said. â€œIf there ainâ€™t no love, there ainâ€™t no marriage.â€