It was 50 years ago today that former Marine lieutenant Walter Elmer and Sumiko Shingaki were married in the bride’s native Okinawa. In a few weeks, however, the newly married couple were living with Walter’s brother in Echo Park on Ewing Street until they found a permanent place to call home. It turns out that Walter and Sumiko took a liking to Echo Park, where they ended up buying their own home and raising two children. Walter even taught nearby – at Elysian Heights Elementary – for 26 years. On their first Sunday in Los Angeles, the Elmers attended church services at the Echo Park United Methodist Church. The couple were back in the same church on Sunday, where Sumiko and Walter celebrated their wedding anniversary in the basement over Chinese food shared with the congregation, friends and family.
50 years of life and love in Echo Park
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