In Denver City, you'll find Shinnery Oaks nursing home. It's a beautiful new facility built just two years ago. Fifty-three people live there including a couple who recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.
Beyond the doors of Shinnery Oaks, Pierre and Mary Jo St. Romain are extremely well known. They both built the St. Romain Telephone Company from a meager start with the couple taking turns operating the switchboard in the early days.
"When I first bought that, had 35 customers, and when I sold it, over 1200," said Pierre. He was an oilman first before he made his mark in communications. So, what was the key to his success? "I try to be nice to everybody, and do whatever I can to help people, and mind my own business, and keep out of trouble."
Mary Jo is from the same mold. "If I raised my voice, I didn't get anywhere. So I decided maybe good to just be kind and sweet.
The St. Romains have been married since 1939. That's 73 years. They had four children. But look at the family today…now that she is 92 and Pierre is 102
Pierre said, "When I came here, there was a bunch of cows where the town is now, which was about three years before there was a Denver City. People here are different from anywhere else in the world. I enjoyed living here very much because of that I met a very nice family, and I married their daughter.
Like Mary Jo, Pierre is still very sharp with a keen sense of humor. When asked, how would you describe your marriage? ...he said, "How would I describe that...daytime or night time... excuse me.
Pierre added, "If I had to do it over again, I would do it." And Mary Jo agreed saying, "me too."
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