When 22-year-old June Litwiller moved from Ontario, Canada, to take over as the college nurse at Huntington College in 1951, she took classes to get her bachelor’s degree, got free room and board, and unexpectedly met her future husband.
It was a small college, and June was a few years older than the average college student during that time. One of her duties as school nurse was to call the students into her office to fill out forms about any illnesses or allergies they had.
One of the students that came by her office was 22-year-old Huntington College football player Henry Buchholz.
There was an instant attraction. June thought Henry was good looking and Henry thought June was a cute girl, but time went by until they went on their first date. It was to an outdoor movie showing of "Showboat."
“He said he wasn’t watching the movie,” June said. “He was watching me instead. I didn’t know that until later.”
Since their memorable first date, watching "Showboat" became a tradition for Henry and June. They’ve watched it dozens of times over the years.
“Showboat became very special for us,” Henry said.
Henry wasn’t the only guy at Huntington College vying for June’s attention, though. The school’s young choir director liked her too.
“He had a better car than me,” Henry said. “He certainly had more music knowledge than me. He had more money than me.”
When the choir director took June, who was a choir member, along with the rest of the choir on a trip to Chicago, Henry was disappointed and a little jealous. But he didn’t let it get him down.
“I was a lot more robust than he was,” Henry said. I could’ve trimmed his clock pretty easily. He wasn’t any physical threat to me.”