I lost my bride on 1/6/2009 after 49yrs and 6 mo of marriage. I met her 2 weeks after her 16th birthday and had to wait 4 yrs before we could marry. I was happy for her that she got to go, but sad for me that I miss her. Thanks for the site, I'll see what I can add.
P.S. I lived in Wheeling IL in the late 40's, probably long before you were born. My uncle's family owned "Welflin's General Store".