Gridley residents Michael and Groverlee Dahl celebrated their 50thWedding Anniversary with family at The Refuge in Yuba City. The couple was married on December 27, 1967 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gridley.

The bride was born in Kings County and lived her life on the Oberti Olive Ranch on the west side between Kettleman City and Stratford until college. She graduated from Lemoore High school and then attended Coalinga College, and Long Beach State before graduating with a BA and teaching credential from Chico State.

For four years she taught second grade and English as a Second Language at Luther School in Live Oak before taking time to have their two sons: Erick who is a Vice Principal and teacher at Franklin School in Yuba City and Aaron who works for Safeway in Chico. Once the boys were in school, Grove taught a first-second-third grade class in Richvale for seven years before transferring to Biggs Elementary to fill out her thirty-plus years. She retired in 2002 and for over ten years she was a volunteer Art Docent with two of her former teaching partners.

The groom was born in Twin Falls, Idaho but arrived to stay in Gridley as a baby and has been a continual Gridley resident with the exception of two years in the army while stationed at Fort Ord, California, Fort Eustas, Virginia, and Satahip, Thailand. He is a graduate of Chico State with a BA and attended McGeorge Law School before his stint in the army. Upon return he attended graduate school at Chico State to obtain a teaching credential and taught for 27 years at Live Oak Middle School finishing his career the next five years at Luther School first as Vice Principal and then Principal. He has been retired since 2001 and has worked part-time for the Butte County Elections. During his life in Gridley he has been involved many years with the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout he was very active as a leader while his two sons were involved in scouting; both became Eagle Scouts like their father. He has been a member of the Gridley Lions Club since 1969, truly becoming their senior Lion. He has been a member of the BBS Pheasant Club in Gridley for over forty years and enjoys hunting and fishing with his sons and friends.

The duo enjoys family get-togethers at the cabin at Lake Madrone and checking off their bucket list of travel venues inside and outside the U.S. They celebrated an early 50thWedding Anniversary in Mexico with all the family in June. They have four wonderful grandchildren, Erick and Dianne’s daughters: Katie and Alysyn, and Aaron and Cristina’s children: Lucas and Olivia. They just returned from a revisit to Disneyland where they honeymooned fifty years ago. They are thankful for their many years together and closeness with family and friends.