1st date at Heathman, couple returns on 66th anniversary

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William and Adele Gary celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary at the Heathman Hotel, where they went on their first date 70 years ago.


by Michael Rollins

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Posted on June 21, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 21 at 3:17 PM

PORTLAND -- William Gray wanted to take his date someplace special for her 16th birthday.

His dad told him, take her to the brand new Heathman Hotel on Broadway in downtown Portland.

That was 70 years ago. Monday night, Mr. and Mrs. William and Adele Gray Jr., came back for dinner, to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary.

In 1940, William, now 88, saved up for dinner. The menu listed filet mignon at $1.10, a T-bone $1.25.

Video: Adele describes the Heathman date

Adele, now 86, borrowed a fancy outfit from her sister, including long white gloves. She recalled that the Heathman waiter poured her the first glass of wine to pass her lips.