Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Susong

In 1950, there were only 48 states. Gas cost 18 cents a gallon. Walt Disney released the animated film “Cinderella,” the first Diners Club credit card is used in New York City, and the Korean War began.

On Montvue Avenue at Minjay Mills in Morristown an office girl and a loom mechanic met. Ralph Susong and Joan Corbett were married 70 years ago on June 9 in a civil ceremony.

With the help of family and friends they built their first home on Montvue Avenue and started their careers and family. Ralph worked and retired from American Enka (BASF) after a career in the textile lab and security department.

Joan worked and retired from the business office of Walters State Community College, where she was among the first dozen employees when WSCC occupied space in the Chamber of Commerce building on First North Street.

Their son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jane, reside in Talbott. They have two grandchildren, Meg Susong, who is a special education teacher in Austin, Texas; and grandson Charles Susong, who is a US State Department Diplomatic Security officer, with his wife, U.S. Army Capt. Meghan Taitano, in Vilseck Germany.

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