“It was a beautiful day, really,” Pete said.
“And that was just about the way it was,” he said. “I was here for about six months, and I went over to England (for the war).”
They lived apart those first couple of years, and Pete returned from war in November 1945.
For the next 25 years, the two raised their family — three boys and two girls — while Pete worked in the industrial textile business. Jane started a nursing career at age 50, a job she stuck with until she was about 75.
Both were involved with a number of community groups through the years; Jane was president of Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood, and Pete was on the board of United Way.
All along the way, they’ve traveled the world and made lots and lots of memories.
“We just always had a good time together doing things,” Jane said. “That’s what’s kept us going and our children coming.”
“I think the thing that means the most to me is the fact that my children still all love to come and see us and be with us,” Pete said.
What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for one another?
“I asked her, and she said, ‘Yes,” Pete said.
“I gave him five children,” Jane quipped.
“Yeah,” Pete replied.
“Pete was always cute,” Jane said. “He didn’t like buying greeting cards and things, and so he’d always make something. I was always impressed with what he would make as a card or what he would say.”
The secret to a long marriage, the Hubbells say, is loyalty, love and laughter.
“I think we’ve played jokes on each other a lot,” Jane said. “That keeps interest going. You have to keep a little bit of the unknown that’s going to happen, I think, in life.”