Larry and Glenda Root of Medford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 22 with a 1950s-style soda fountain open house at the home of their daughter and son-in-law.

Hosts of the event, with 70 guests attending, were their daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Joel Kaufman of Ramona, Calif., and Margueritte and Don Hickman of Medford.

Larry Root married Glenda Clifford on June 18, 1958 in Aiken, S.Carolina.

Larry and Glenda met through her brother in 1956 while attending Eagle Point High School.

Larry had moved to Eagle Point from Missouri with his family in 1956. Glenda moved to Eagle Point with her family from Washington in 1953.

Because Larry had enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Fort Gordon, Ga., they decided to get married before he left for Germany, even though Glenda was three months shy of her 16th birthday.

With a letter of permission from her father and mother and a promise to finish high school, Glenda traveled cross-country with Larry's parents to marry in Aiken, S.C.

While Glenda completed her studies at Eagle Point high school, Larry served in the U.S. Army for three years. They settled in Eagle Point after Larry's honorable discharge, then lived in Sams Valley and Medford.

Larry worked for 30 years at Medford Corporation until they closed their doors in 1993. He then graduated from Rogue Community College with an associate's degree in human services, and completed his career at Serenity Lane and the Medford School District.

Glenda worked at Eagle Point High School and then at Rogue River Cannery until they had two daughters. After she stayed home and raised their two daughters, she returned to work at First Baptist Church.

Both are retired now and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

The Roots have two granddaughters.

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