All sunshine for Harvey and Irma, married 75 years

Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names

Couple bears names of two hurricanes, Harvey and Irma

Irene was the name which was used beginning with I and followed Harvey every six years prior to Irma, however Hurricane Irene in 2011 was large and destructive so that name was retired.

The two married in 1942 and spent a lifetime taking in and caring for foster children, many of which were physically or mentally disabled.

Some marriages might be dark and stormy, but for Harvey and Irma Schluter, 75 years of marriage were mostly smooth sailing.

Names aside, Harvey and Irma Schluter have captured our hearts for being the most shining example of Americana we've ever had the pleasure of reading about.

Irma told the New York Times it's been "really sad" to watch the reports of death and destruction caused by the hurricanes.

They remember numerous major events of the past century, including seeing their first airplane to watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. When 104-year-old Harvey found out his children were telling the truth, he just shook his head.

"I don't know anything much about hurricanes, we don't have them here in Spokane, but they look terrible, terrible", she says.

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Since 1979, the World Meteorological Organization alternated men's and women's names for tropical storms over the Atlantic.

The couple celebrated their 75th anniversary in March, an event that was marked by an article in the Spokesman-Review of Spokane.

"I wasn't quite through school yet", she said.

Irma said when their family told them they shared the name of the recent hurricanes they did not believe it.

When Harvey and Irma were born, in the early 20th century, radio was a new invention and cable television was decades away.

As a Washington resident, the Schluters haven't been directly affected by the hurricanes.

Category 4 Hurricane Harvey dumped record amounts of rainfall on Texas last month, flooding Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, and shut down major gasoline refinery hubs like Port Arthur, Texas. However, names of storms that are unusually deadly or destructive are retired. "They were interesting little people". "You just do whatever you think would be best to do", she added. "I'd try and help some people, I don't know how".

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