Longtime Manchester residents Mary and Larry Kirby celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this past Sunday, April 11. When the Kirbys married in 1946, gasoline was 21 cents a gallon and Bing Crosby’s “Swinging On A Star” topped the music charts.
Mary is a native of Manchester, and one of “the ten Crane children.” She was very active in town activities and initiatives. Mary’s talent as an artist and crafter was well known. She was one of the three women who made the Manchester quilt that hangs in the Board of Selectmen meeting room at Town Hall. Larry Kirby is a three-campaign US Marine in World War II (Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima) who wrote a book about his experiences. Both were staples of community life.
The Kirbys have run the beautiful line of wedding anniversaries together, from cotton (2nd year of marriage) to candy (6th) to crystal (15th), silver (25th), rubies (40th), gold (50th) and, now, of course, Diamonds. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. You’re worth 75 jubilees.