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  • A love 60 years in the making

  • In the early 1950s, Charles "Chuck" Elliot, Jr. fell in love twice.

    His first love was Arliss Paulsen. His second love was his 1950 Plymouth convertible.
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  • In the early 1950s, Charles "Chuck" Elliot, Jr. fell in love twice.
    His first love was Arliss Paulsen. His second love was his 1950 Plymouth convertible.
    Arliss and Chuck met while Chuck was working at Eaker Motors and Arliss at a nearby Katz Drug Store, both located in Roeland Park, Kan.
    Married on July 17, 1954, the temperature rose to 108 degrees, a day that still holds the record high for that date in eastern Kansas. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Ozarks and together they fell in love with the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks and all the area had to offer.
    Even though they married young, both their love and their marriage have endured over the last 60 years through both the good and difficult times of life.
    As their grew to include four children, the family lived in Shawnee, Kan. where the kids attended school.
    In 1961, Chuck and Arliss bought their first cabin at the lake and have since owned lake homes to fulfill their honeymoon wish to live on the Lake of the Ozarks.
    Their children — Deb, Cherie, Steve and Pam — grew up spending summer weekends at the Lake with their parents and grew up loving the area as well.
    While Chuck and Arliss lost their daughter Deb to cancer two and a half years ago, their remaining children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren all enjoy weekends at the lake.
    Arliss has worked in real estate development and telecommunications and is now an active real estate broker with Laurie Realty. And while Chuck was working at Eaker Motors when he met Arliss, he eventually got into the printing business and worked in that field for 42 years.
    Chuck's love of cars has continued though, and he fondly remembers his "second love" — the 1950 Plymouth convertible he owned when he met Arliss.
    When Chuck purchased it for $1,400, the Plymouth had been driven only 8,000 miles. It was his “pale cream” pride and joy.
    As the years passed there were other cars but he never forgot this one. A couple of years ago Chuck mentioned to his son, Steve, that he would like to find a miniature model of the car.
    Steve didn’t find the miniature but did find “the real thing”, a 1950 Plymouth convertible badly in need of repairs. Steve bought it for his dad and had it towed to his home to begin restoration.
    Inheriting his dad’s interest in cars and skill in mechanics, Steve went to work replacing old parts including all hardware exactly as the convertible would have had when new. He even found pale cream auto paint that replicated the paint on Chuck’s original Plymouth. Steve also bought a commercial sewing machine and taught himself how to use it so that he could install the new upholstery in the car.
    Page 2 of 2 - Chuck describes Steve as a do-it-yourself perfectionist and the end result is evidence of it.
    Steve delivered the car to his parents' lake home for their 60th wedding anniversary recently, and the couple now has a pale cream 1950 Plymouth convertible in celebration of 60 years together as husband and wife.

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