Longtime residents share love for one another and their heritage
December 2, 2021
Tom Gillen Sr. and Glenda Gillen met at a teen dance one weekend in Ketchikan. It was either the end of 1957, or the beginning of 1958, he said. He remembered when they married - that was 1959.
Their life in Wrangell has lasted a lot longer than the dance. The couple has been married 62 years and have five children: Three boys, two girls; 13 grandchildren; "I've got 27 great-grandchildren," Glenda said.
"Twenty-eight," corrected Tom.
"Twenty-eight great-grandchildren," Glenda amended. "I missed one."
Glenda, 79, said their great-grandchildren are old enough to be graduating high school. A...