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Bob Lind, Published April 14 2013

Lind: Kissing couple went on to have ‘great life together’

This picture of a girl dropping a smooch on a boy ran here before, after it was sent in by a reader who found it somewhere and wondered who it was.

Many of you responded, saying they were North Dakota Agricultural College football player William “Bill” Toussaint and homecoming queen Eunice Lundquist.

Well, here’s a letter from Queen Eunice herself. She lives in Raleigh, N.C.

“Bill and I were married before our senior year,” she writes, “so we were already married when the ‘famous’ (or ‘infamous’) picture was taken in October of 1949 to advertise homecoming. I was the first married homecoming queen (at the AC, now called North Dakota State University).

“After graduation,” Eunice says, “we moved to Ames, Iowa, where Bill earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics.

“From there we moved to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where Bill spent his entire career as a professor, and, for 17 years, as head of the Department of Economics and Business before his retirement. He won many teaching leadership awards and honors at NCSU.

“Following his retirement, he raised beef cattle.”

Bill and Eunice celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1999. Bill died a year later.

The Toussaints have four children, all of whom graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. They also have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eunice says that “besides doing a lot of entertaining for Bill, I was active in music and club volunteer work, and still am. I played piano in a group called the Raleigh Piano Ensemble, which gave one concert a year. Over the years I have done, and still do, a lot of accompanying.”

Bison Pride

Jim Gompf, of Fargo, also wrote about the “kissing couple” picture, saying it ran in the “Bison Pride,” the football program sold at Bison home football games.

Jim notes that Eunice’s parents owned the Community Grocery on Seventh Avenue South, Fargo, (not north, as was reported here earlier).

Ron Fredrickson, of Roseville, Calif., writes that he Googled Bill’s name and found a 1987 Chicago Tribune article about him in which Bill discussed tobacco growers’ powerful lobby efforts in Washington, but also the decline in smoking.

And Bill’s wife today?

Well, of course, Eunice misses him, but, “We had a great life together – 51 years,” she writes, adding, “I’m still hanging in there.”

And the former NDAC homecoming queen concludes her letter with “Go Bison!”

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