Oak Park Heights couple celebrates 70th anniversary
Frank “Chick” Gagliardi arrived in New Orleans at the end of February 1946 on a warship headed home from the Pacific. Navy sailors joined the city’s famous Mardi Gras to celebrate the end of World War II, and Chick found himself enjoying a baseball game in New Orleans City Park. A pretty girl was sitting in the stands; her name was Dorothy.
“I went to the baseball game with my sister, my cousin and my brother — who was also in the Navy,” Dorothy said. “We were going to go to church that night, and I was surprised that Chick want to come too. I didn’t think he would.”
When asked why he went to church that night 71 years ago, Chick simply said, “her.”
After returning to the east side of St. Paul to be discharged for the Navy, a few trips back to New Orleans and countless letters, 20-year-old Chick married 18-year-old “Dot” on April 24, 1947. The two will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in their home at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights on Monday, April 24.