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2018-02-13 / Arts & Entertainment

Walton Couple Has Loved for More than 50 Years

By Rosie Cunningham


The Kelloggs on their wedding day in 1967 in Walton. 
Contributed Photo The Kelloggs on their wedding day in 1967 in Walton. Contributed Photo WALTON - Tracy Kellogg asked his wife to go for a car ride on a beautiful day more than 50 years ago and the rest, as they say, is history.

“She was a proofreader and I was the landscape operator at the Walton Reporter,” said Tracy Kellogg of his meeting his wife Karen. “I had just come home from the Army and I thought she was very pretty.”

Tracy, who was 26, said he asked 19-year-old Karen if she would like to go for a ride and the pair took a scenic drive up Bear Spring Mountain.

“Our second date was to the drive-in movie theatre in Unadilla,” he smiled in remembrance.

Karen said a mutual friend encouraged her to go on a date with him and she liked his demeanor.

“He’s a very gentle, very nice man. I knew I was in love with him on the third or fourth date – but he said ‘I love you’ first.”


This past September, when friends and family gathered to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Tracy and Karen Kellogg. 
Contributed Photo This past September, when friends and family gathered to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Tracy and Karen Kellogg. Contributed Photo Karen said she and her husband had, and have, so much in common.

“We both like to deer hunt and fish and my family really liked him,” said Karen.

The pair began dating regularly and that same year on Christmas, Tracy proposed, and on Sept. 2 of 1967, they wed at the St. John Baptist Church in Walton.

Both Tracy and Karen graduated from Walton Central School and lived in the town of Walton until they moved up to Tracy’s family Farm, where they still live.

For 11 years, the pair were unable to have a child, and in 1978, they learned that they had been approved to adopt a six-month old baby girl, Amy, from Plattsburgh. At the same time, the couple discovered, much to their delight, they were also expecting a baby - Jeff.

“It was a great year,” said Tracy.

He and Karen now have a granddaughter named Nora Rose.

Tracy, 76, who has worked for The Walton Reporter for almost 56 years in one capacity or another, discussed what makes his marriage to Karen work.

“We don’t always see eye to eye on things,” he admitted. “I should compliment her more than I do, but I try to be thoughtful and let her know how special she is to me.”

“He is wonderfully thoughtful,” said Karen, 70. “One of the reasons why I love him so much is that he remembers all of the different occasions and he does a lot of things for me. I listen to other women complain about their husbands and I never chimed in - I would never take him for granted. He is such a nice man and always has been.”

“I believe Valentine’s Day is very important – it’s another day to recognize one another,” added Karen.

Both said respect and loyalty have been the foundation for their happy marriage.

“He is the most important thing in my life,” said Karen.

She added that Tracy is “shy” in verbally expressing his feelings to her, but even after 50 years, the pair have been seen holding hands when they are in public.

“He gives me the most beautiful cards, flowers and we go out on dates on weekends,” said Karen. “He is so devoted in many ways.”

Tracy said Karen is a loving woman who is very active.

“She does all the books and finances, watches our granddaughter and keeps a great house,” he said. “She is a wonderful cook and I still remember the first time I tasted her apple pie - it was even better than my mother’s. Of course, I never told my mom that.”

“She always tells me when it comes to other women, I can window shop, ‘just don’t go in and buy anything’,” Tracy laughed. “She and I both know I only have eyes for her.”

Tracy added that a successful marriage involves a lot of give and take.

“And, you need to give more than you take,” he said. “Be easy on each other - everyone has flaws.”

The Kellogg’s daughter Amy, takes Karen on trips and her absence is somewhat hard on Tracy and it’s during those moments, he realizes how much he loves her.

“This year, Amy will be taking her to Italy and last time, it was Paris – I miss her terribly. Life is easier and better with her around.”

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