HIGHLAND, Wis. – Inside any city, you're bound to find thousands of love stories – but they likely won't sound like the love story still unfolding in the small town of Highland, Wis.
On the outskirts of the town that's only 800 people big is a century-old farm where the first chapter of that story started. It's the Beckius farm, where Arnie, Everett, Norman, Delbert and Virgil all grew up and learned the importance of hard work and patience – values that would set the foundation for relationships moving forward.
"I think it helped us… to learn how to work and give and take a little bit," Arnie said of his upbringing.
Arnie happens to be celebrating his 59th wedding anniversary with his wife, Ruth. They met in Madison for a celebratory dinner – but not just for their milestone.
Arnie and his four brothers have all been married more than 50 years – a testament, perhaps, to the lessons they learned in Highland.
"Get up every morning and try to be happy and talk to each other and love each other," Arnie said.
Here is some of the other advice from five brothers and their wives, who seem to know a thing about lasting love.
"I think you have to love and respect each other," said Lana, Virg's wife. "It doesn't always go the way you want it to, but you have to give in sometimes and help each other out, one way or another."
"You have to tell them what to do," laughs Janet, married to Everett. "I listen all the time, too, and that's why I got hearing aids so I can turn them down," quips Everett right back.
"I think you have to want to do it," Janet said. "It's easy to slam the door and leave, I think, nowadays. You have to think about your family and your kids."
"Always work it out," said Yvonne, married to Norman. "And that takes a lot of work. I think it's trust and respect."
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