Joseph and Ida Selna, life-long residents of the Verde Valley, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 8, 2008.
Joseph was born in Jerome on July 1, 1923, in the family residence that is still held in the Selna family. Ida Guisti, the youngest of four children, was born on July 1, 1926, in Hopewell, a then suburb of Jerome. In 1938, the Guisti family moved to the Hogback Hill in Jerome proper. Joe and Ida were married on Aug. 8, 1948.
The Selna family owned and operated grocery stores in Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Humboldt, and Jerome from 1920 through 1966. Joe started working in the family stores in 1934, when he was 11 years old. He continue to do so through his high school years,, college years, and while on leave from West Point. In 1953, Joe and his brother Mario operated two grocery stores -- Joe managing Selna's Market in Clarkdale until 1958, when he and Emil Mongini became partners and entered the land investment business.
When Phelps Dodge housing facilities were being dismantled in the late 1930s, Ida's father, Antonio, moved his family to their privately owned house on the Hogback Hill in Jerome. Ida attended Jerome High School 1940-1944, then left home for the firest time to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing in Tucson.
When Ida returned home in 1947, she worked as an RN in the Jerome Hospital., In 1948, she and Joe married and she remained a nurse at the Jerome Hospital until it closed in the early 1950s. She worked as a part-time school nurse and then in the Clarkdale Clinic until 1955, when they started their family.
In 1980, they moved their family from Jerome to Clarkdale, where they still live today.
They have four children--Barbara Andre, Bernadette Selna, Raymond Selna, and Frank Selna. They have 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one new great-grandchild due the beginning of September.