Westside couple celebrates 50th year in their house
On May 4, 1957, Floyd and Jean Gessner moved into a bungalow they liked at 1906 W. Cucharras St.
Fifty years later, they're still there, and glad of it.
To celebrate, they're having an open house Saturday, May 5 from 2 to 6 p.m.
“We just thought it would be fun to do it,” Jean Gessner said this week.
They don't want any cards or gifts; just a chance to say hello to friends, neighbors and other well-wishers and to give them tastes of Floyd's homemade Pennsylvania Dutch ice cream and punch and cake.
Talking about reasons for their longevity, Jean described the house as “warm, comfortable and easy to maintain.” Geographically, she added “We love it because it's close to school, church, shopping and the bank , yet it's not right in Old Colorado City.”
Living in the block has been a family thing. Jean's older brother Keith had bought a house in the same block (across the street from 1906 Cucharras) in 1943, which he later sold to his younger brother Paul, who still lives there. And, Floyd and Jean looked after her parents, who also lived in that block, for more than 20 years, she said.
The Gessners were renters at first, only buying their house after living there nine years. Houses cost a little less back then. Keith (since passed on) paid $2,000 for his place, while Floyd and Jean paid $9,500.
The Gessners raised three daughters in the house, who all attended the former People's Bible College on the Westside. Floyd still works as a tanker driver for Chief Petroleum.
For the 50-year anniversary, the Gessners will hang a big banner over their front porch. It will read: “Our house, our home, our haven for 50 years. May, 1957 to May 4, 2007, Floyd and Jean Gessner.”
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