In the fall of 1950, there arrived in "Cowtown" a young airman fresh from the skies of Korea to assume his duties at a local Air Force base. In a brand new convertible he and fellow airmen patrolled the environs of "The Boulevard" in search of entertainment. Our intrepid airman soon discovered a local Texas Song Bird and the pursuit was on.
Twelve eventful months later, Miss Anita Kathryn Grafa became the bride of Sergeant William Alexander Cowan to form a new family with the promise of eternal love and devotion.
Sixty years later, that same love and devotion remains even stronger with the addition of four outstanding children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. "Our cup runneth over!Due to Bill's service commitments, Anita was often left alone to raise and foster their children through numerous TDYs and overseas assignments. As a service wife she performed admirably during those long family separations. In early 1964 the family left the comfort of a military career into the civilian world. A drastic change to say the least!
Once again she was left alone to move four young children to her home in Fort Worth while retired Sergeant Cowan sold the house and moved the household goods and belongings. Then search for employment, in a down cycle, proceeded slowly. Finally, he was accepted as a police officer for the then Town of Saginaw. A home was purchased and nearly 50 years later the family, now down to two once again, continues to be proud residents of the City of Saginaw. "The Lord has been good to us!"
Published in the Star-Telegram on October 7, 2012