Horns celebrate 50th anniversary

December 27, 2011

By Contributor

Jimmy and Monita Horn in 2011

Monita grew up in Coulee Dam and Jimmy grew up in Pullman. They met in Pullman while both were attending college. Jimmy had just returned from the United States Navy after five years and Monita was a senior at Washington State University.

Al Schy, president of the Folkdance Club, hosted a party at his house in Pullman. It was between semesters and only a few students were in town. Al invited his old buddy, Jimmy, and introduced him to Monita and her friends. That spring, Jimmy attended the Folkdance Club.

Monita didn’t pay much attention to Jimmy until that summer, when they were all working. She needed a ride out to the hills to collect plants. They spent several times together, getting to know each other.

That fall, Monita went to college in the east and they wrote to each other once a week. When she came back on vacation in August, Jimmy picked her up at the airport in Spokane, giving her a ride home. Later he proposed, and she accepted.

Monita found an apartment in Pullman to live in until they were married. She went to graduate school in botany and taught a lab section of Botany 101 for work. They were married Dec. 29, 1961.

That next spring, Monita discovered she was pregnant and Kurt arrived in 1962. Jimmy graduated from WSU in industrial arts education in 1964. Tom Deering was superintendent of Issaquah schools. He had been a teacher under Jimmy’s father, William Horn, in Fairfield. His daughter, Margaret, had babysat Jimmy’s sister’s children in Waitsburg at a later date. So, knowing Jimmy’s father helped when Tom hired Jimmy.

Jimmy taught one class of electricity at Issaquah High School and two classes of elementary math and a woodshop. After two years, he was getting little satisfaction from teaching and decided to try industry. He got hired by Puget Power to work as a draftsman, where he stayed until they were downsized in 1993.

Meanwhile, Monita was a homemaker, raising three boys (Kurt, Kevin and Keith). She volunteered in the schools as both a library helper and as a volunteer teacher of origami during some recesses. When Clark Elementary School was the only collector of newspaper for recycling, she took the kids around to collect papers.

Jimmy moved to Seattle City Light and worked for the company until 2005. Monita had enjoyed researching her family for years at various libraries. She began volunteering at the Issaquah Historical Society, even though she was a “newcomer.” She has indexed the obituaries in much of The Issaquah Press.

The couple continue to enjoy their various hobbies.

They plan to celebrate their anniversary in the spring when the mountain passes should be clear.

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