Robert and Gail Backstrom will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on August 9th with an open house picnic from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m at 1080 E. Pole Road, Everson. They were married in Bellingham on August 8th 1959 at Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Bob retired from the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill after 43-1/2 years and Gail was a Cosmetologist and homemaker. They enjoyed many vacations with their children traveling the western states and Alaska. Their children are Joy Hunemuller (Morey Hamilton), Holly (Bob) Schrey, Bonnie Backstrom and Kelli (Les) Powers. They have nine grandchildren. They attribute their long marriage to love and respect for each other and making life fun.