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Stephanie Jessie
Melvin and Dorothy Swearingen Porter: Then and Now
ENDLESS LOVE: Porters still in love after 75 years

 MOUNT WASHINGTON—Once upon a time, a girl sat next to a boy in the gym of the old Mount Washington High School. Today, that same girl and boy are celebrating 75 years of marriage.

To get away from a fellow chasing her around the gym during the 1938 basketball season, 14-year-old farm girl Dorothy Swearingen sat in an empty seat next to 17-year-old farm boy Melvin Porter.

“I just went up and sat down,” she said. “I knew who his family was but I didn’t know a thing about him.”