World’s oldest living couple celebrates 80 years of marriage.

John and Charlotte Henderson, who met in school in 1934, have been perceived by Guinness World Records for the life span of their adoration

John and Charlotte Henderson in 1946, left, and 2019, right. (Longhorn Village)

Everything began in a zoology class in 1934. Understudies were situated sequentially in the layered auditorium, so John Henderson, 21, sat legitimately behind Charlotte Curtis. At the point when he looked down, he loved the modest 20-year-old he found before him.

What’s more, Charlotte?

“I thought he was only a fine fella, and I wouldn’t fret his investigating my shoulder,” she disclosed to The Washington Post in a meeting.

Charlotte and John Henderson from the get-go in their marriage. (Family photograph)

On Dec. 22, the couple — she’s 105; he’s 106 — will commend their 80th wedding commemoration. The Guinness World Records have perceived the life span of their adoration by naming the Hendersons the most seasoned living wedded couple.

John was conceived in 1912 in Fort Worth. He disclosed to The Post he recollects the first occasion when he heard a radio; the neighbors brought one home when he was around 8 years of age.



“What’s more, I well-recall that long recieving wire. They needed to put it up from the front yard to the terrace to get a radio show,” he said.

He moved to Austin to go to the University of Texas in the mid 1930s, where he was a gatekeeper on the football crew. (Snare them, horns!) At the time, around 53,000 individuals lived in the capital. These days, the metropolitan region brags a populace in excess of 2 million.

He leased a room over the road from the Gregory Gym, one of only a handful hardly any authentic structures staying on the urban grounds.

“The neighbors nearby had a bovine and chickens. You can envision today a dairy animals and chicken house over the road from Gregory, where the grounds is so enormous now you wouldn’t perceive scarcely anything,” John said.



Charlotte was conceived in Iowa in 1914. At the point when she was in her mid 20s, her more established sister’s better half was murdered in a military plane accident. Charlotte’s whole family moved to Texas, where the spouse had been positioned, to be with her sister and help out.

Charlotte before long selected at UT, where she met John. They met that year development started on the renowned UT Tower. It wasn’t finished until after they had graduated.

There was likewise a tallness limitation banishing structures from being higher than the Texas Capitol. Today, the state house vault is never again obvious on the horizon, contingent upon the edge.

The Austin horizon, around 1931, top, about the time the Hendersons went to the University of Texas at Austin, and a similar horizon in 2016. (College of North Texas/Pictorial Press/Alamy)

Albeit short commitment were not uncommon at the time, “it took her five years to decide that she needed to get hitched,” John said with a giggle. It was the center of the Great Depression, and they needed to win some cash before they set up a home, so Charlotte took a showing work in the Houston territory, and John instructed football and ball in Port Arthur, Tex.



John and Charlotte wedded in a little function — just two visitors were available — on Dec. 22, 1939. They honeymooned in San Antonio, remaining at an inn that cost $7 every night.

In spite of the fact that they have been as one for a long time, they have been hitched distinctly for 80, which means they don’t hold the record for the longest marriage. That title, as indicated by Guinness World Records, has a place with Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher, who marry at the ages of 19 and 17, separately, and were hitched for a long time and 290 days before Herbert’s passing in 2011.

The Hendersons made their home in Baytown, Tex. Charlotte kept on instructing, and John had a long profession at Humble Oil and Refining Co. (presently part of Exxon). He resigned in 1972.



Believe it or not, they’ve been in their brilliant years since Watergate.

They have occupied that time with movement, generally travels. They have cruised around South America, Scandinavia, China and many different districts.

The Hendersons, wearing their Texas Longhorns gear, outside their retirement network in Austin. (Longhorn Village)

They have likewise remained steadfast devotees of UT football, going to Longhorns games when they can. John, who is likewise UT’s most established living previous football player, has gone to at any rate one game for every season for as far back as 84 years. That has been simpler to accomplish for as far back as decade, since they came back to Austin to live in a retirement network.

John revealed to The Post that his preferred creation that he has seen in his lifetime, other than stream motors, is TV. He initially observed one of every a store window out traveling to New York City in the mid 1950s and, inside a couple of years, had one in the lounge.



So what’s the couple’s mystery to their life span? Living with some restraint, they said. They eat right, don’t drink a lot, John despite everything practices at the network exercise center consistently. Aside from some consultation misfortune, both are in brilliant wellbeing.

The Hendersons never had youngsters, “so a few people have said that is truly why we’ve lived for such a long time!” John kidded.

They haven’t chose what they will do to commend their 80th — that is the oak commemoration, in case you’re interested — however the retirement town held a gathering for them not long ago.

All in all, following 80 years, do they despite everything contend, or have they made sense of everything?

No, they don’t contend, John said. However, in case you’re anticipating your marriage getting increasingly serene in your late brilliant years, observe: They never contended that much in any case, John stated, and have constantly tried to settle things before sleep time.


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