In 1954 a young couple bought a new home in Westport, near what is now Fresh Market. On April 16, they engraved their names on a stone.
Russ and Isabel Blair are still here. They’ve done a lot in their 6-plus decades in town, from EMS to local boards and commissions. She was a beloved Coleytown Elementary School nurse; he led many building projects, including the modern Staples High School.
As they raised their kids, moved to Woodside Avenue and enjoyed all that Westport offers, they forgot about that stone.
But 66 years and 1 week from that date Carlos Colorado, his wife and young daughter moved to Westport.
While redoing their patio, they unearthed the stone. They thought about placing it somewhere prominent in their yard.
But after a quick Google search, they realized the Blairs are still alive. And still here.
Carlos posted that story on a local Facebook page. He asked anyone who knew the Blairs to please let them know.
“I am sure they would love to see this piece of their story and their memories, after so many years,” he wrote.
After 2/3 of a century in town, the Blairs are well known. Several people responded — including longtime EMT Mark Blake.
He’s known the couple for decades. He made the connection.
Carlos showed Mark around his property — including the stone. Carlos cleaned it up, and invited the Blairs over to see “their” house.
“This is just another reason I love Westport, and am proud to serve the community,” Mark said. “These 2 families epitomize what Westport is.”
And on Friday, Carlos, his wife and daughter headed over to Woodside Avenue.
They heard all about life in Westport, when Eisenhower was president and the town was just starting to grow.
“The Blairs are incredible people,” Carlos said. “They gave us a warm afternoon. Their strength and vitality left us amazed.
“I just hope that decades from now, my wife and I will be able to receive a young couple that happened to find a rock in the back yard of their recently purchased home in a quiet corner of Westport.
“And I hope we’ll be as bright, hearty and affection as the couple we met yesterday. In the meantime, I’ll take care of their house, as promised.”