Vail pioneers celebrate 70th anniversary
Vail pioneers Bunny and Joe Langmaid are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 1. They were married in Swampscott, Mass., in 1934 and they raised their two children, Charlie and Jane, in that area.In 1961, Bunny and Joe traveled west to look over the soon-to-be ski resort, Vail. They invested in the fledgling resort and built one of the first homes in Vail, on Beaver Dam Road.
Joe entered into a partnership to start the first ski rental shop, Vail Ski Rentals, while Bunny was a partner in the first ski shop, Vail Blanche. Both stores were located at the top of Bridge Street. The Langmaids, not surprisingly, were also avid skiers.The Langmaids have retired and now live in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, but they still have lots of family members in the Vail Valley. Their son, Charlie Langmaid, followed his parents to Vail with his former wife, Lynne, in 1969. They raised two daughters, Kimberly and Elissa, who continue to call Vail their home. Kim Langmaid Casabonne is the founder of the Gore Range Natural Science School in Red Cliff and Elissa Langmaid is a massage therapist.
Charlie and his wife, Patti, live in East Vail.Another family member, Nancy Langmaid Loth, followed her aunt and uncle to Vail in 1965 where she and her late husband, Gaynor Miller, raised their two daughters, Tanya Miller Wiesen and Alison Miller. The Langmaids still have a stack of early issues of The Vail Trail, lifetime ski passes (including pass No. 1), watercolors by Linda Roberts and several photographs of their experiences in Vail from 1961 on. The Langmaids, both 92, still live independently.
Not only were they born a day apart in the same year, but they lived across the street from one another while growing up. They are celebrating 70 years of marriage and 92 of friendship, family members say.Anyone who would like to contact the Langmaids, can write them at 80 Emery Lane, Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538.