CLEGHORN - Max and Lorene Mugge might not be sitting in their "anniversary tree," but 59 years after they picked up the little seedling from the forestry exhibit at the Veishea Celebration on the Iowa State University campus, they still enjoy its shade.
Max and Lorene Mugge are proud of their stately "Anniversary Tree" that has accompanied the couple on their life's journey for 59 years. Photos contributed
Lorene tucked the tiny tree into her purse while she and her boyfriend Max were visiting Iowa State campus during "Senior Skip Day" in 1951. She carried it back to Cleghorn where she planted it in her parents' backyard. Since she and Max were married that December they consider the tree their "anniversary tree."
Now 76 years old, Lorene jokes the two of them and that tree have made it through several tough Iowa winters. Their granddaughter Erin Mugge ('07 zoology), a recent ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate, slipped a photo of the tree under a faculty member's door with a note from Lorene.
"We will have our 60th wedding anniversary next year, as will our special tree," Lorene says.
(Editors Note: This love story - perfect for Valentine's Day - appeared in the recent ISU Alumni Magazine.)