Their relationship was a long time coming
When Ruth Eiler was a high school student in Cannon Falls there was a boy named Bob who had bit of a crush on her. Ruth had a boyfriend, though. He had a car and could take her where she wanted to go. And he wasn't too excited about anybody else taking an interest in his girl.
After graduation Ruth and Bob went their separate ways. Ruth studied to become a teacher, and after a few years she met a young man named Carl, the older brother of one of her teaching friends.