On May 13, James and Cora Koons, of DeMotte, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their entire family.

Back on May 24, 1947, the couple, originally from Oklahoma, eloped to Kansas. They returned to Oklahoma and lived there until James, a World War II veteran, reenlisted in the Army, which became his career. They were stationed in England and then France, before settling down in Illinois, where he retired. They later moved to DeMotte, where they have lived for the past 29 years.

They have two married daughters, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.