In July, Harvey Schluter turned 104-years-old. His bride, Irma will turn 93 in November. The couple, who happen to bear the names of two of the biggest hurricanes to hit the U.S. in decades, have been married for 75 years.
The couple met in Washington in the 194os and were married in 1942. They briefly lived in Florida whiley Harvey served in the Army, but have spent the rest of their years together in Washington.
The couple was found and profiled by The New York Times and told the paper, of the hurricanes with the same names, “I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma. I don’t know how that worked out.”
For Harvey’s part, he’s had six storms with his name. The first one was in 1981. Since 1979, the the World Meteorological Organization has alternated men’s and women’s names for tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Irene used to follow Harvey, but it was retired in 2011 after Hurricane Irene caused major damage.
Given the severity of these storms, both names will retired this year.
And yes, these two have a legacy that will last beyond their years together.
When they celebrated their anniversary this year, The Spokesman-Review reported that they took in over 120 foster children during their marriage. They only adopted one, a daughter, Dona, who said, “It’s pretty amazing, huh? They’re the most loving, wonderful, giving people I know.”
Irma simply said, “…we just did. They were interesting little people.”