I'm no longer impressed by centenarians anymore as more and more came of age in the "modern era" (post-WWI). I mean, 100 years ago was 1913. When that person was my age (33) it was 1946. It's not so impressive.
Not like when I was 8 and my dad's church would visit nursing homes and there were a couple centenarians and even one or two supercentenarians. They were born in the 1870s/1880s, making them full grown adults at the turn of the 20th century when (though there were cars) horse and buggy was still the way to go, flying was a pipe dream, movies were in their infancy, electricity was common but not many people had it, and women wore floor-length skirts and corsets. Imagine the 20th century through their eyes and all the changes. Even though I was a kid, I loved to listen to them talk about when they were my age (c. 1880s/1890s). It seemed like a distant time.
Now not so much anymore. Centenarians today grew up with movies and cars and all sorts of modern stuff.
[quote]The 19th century ended Dec. 31 1900.
This shit again?
My grandmother is 106 and fairly healthy.
I read the story at OP's link. What a great profile and beautiful woman she was.
Then, temptation got the best of me and I clicked a link at end of the "oldest living woman in FL dies" and was taken to a tabloidesque type story about "Happy Sindane." It seems Happy claimed to be from a white family but enslaved by a black family. He met a rather unfriendly demise in the last several days. He deserves a thread.
RIP to them both.
I can't believe someone could live that long. Considering she lives in FL, it's still the 20th century so I'm sure she doesn't notice the difference.
BTW: Why does it seem that whenever there's a story about an elderly woman dying (like local obituaries), they usually have children late in life? Take this Elsie, for example. It states her only child is 72, which means she had him at 42. Wasn't that very unusual then? I was always under the impression that most women got engaged/married immediately out of high school. A few years ago, I was looking at a late great-aunt's scrap book she'd made senior year (1938), and there were pasted newspaper wedding announcements from many of her classmates.
I meant "most women THEN got engaged/married immediately out of high school."
Women who have children late in life tend to live a long time. There's a link between reproductive senescence and regular senescence.