Fountian Of Youth
Meet Melvin & Phyllis Fredrich
& Phyllis Friedrich from Algona, Iowa, have been married for 67
years. They were engaged for one year prior to being married. Phyllis
grew up listening to old time music. She learned to dance at a young
age. They both enjoyed dancing after being together and continue to
enjoys waltzes and foxtrots. They both enjoy a polka once in awhile.
Melvin who is 89 years old now,
says as they get older they slow down
a little more. Phyllis, who
is 85 years old, agrees with Melvin.
& Melvin's favorite band is the Malek's Fishermen Band.
go to most of their dances when close to their home, like Duncan and
The Bandwagon in Minnesota. They also like Adam's Jolly Jammers and
Squeeze Box with Mollie B. They enjoy going to The Bandwagon most of
all. They see a few younger kids there and like the idea of them
getting involved in this music.
& Phyllis celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary a couple
years ago and had the Malek's Fishermen Band playing music.
have a grand daughter who came from Colorado who was really getting
interested in the music and dance. Phyllis said she was dancing a lot
She is not certain if her grand daughter is still
interested in this music.
told us that he hopes people will come to these dances and support
the bands. Without the bands the dance will no longer exist. He has
no idea how to get more people interested in polka & waltz music.
He said it is good exercise and people keep in shape with dancing. He
credits their wonderful ages to their wonderful dancing.
This interview was done in compliance with
Melvin & Phyllis Friedrich on April 28, 2012 at
the Duncan Community Ballroom, Duncan, Iowa.