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and resignedly waiting for the Grim Reaper to take a whack, when time bongs out 'three score years and ten' are things that are not accepted or practiced by most elderly Portagers.
We should mention Mrs. William Oliver here. She was born in Portage Ia Prairie and is still with us. If you were to see this attractive lady, and if someone were to tell you that she is 94 years of age, you would say, "I don't believe it!" She still keeps her own home and is interested in the world around her.
As we look through Daily Graphics, 1962 to 1967, which were saved by our chairman, Mr. Webster Burton, we see the names of many of our elderly citizens who were celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. It is with pride that we mention them here.
In 1962, Mrs. Mary B. Livingstone was 90 years of age; Mrs.
H. A. Gordon was 88 in 1963; Mrs. Elizabeth Langdon, 85, in 1964, and Miss Mary E. Cameron was 95 the same year; Mrs. Elizabeth Leslie was 90 in 1965. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith received con gratulations from Queen Elizabeth on their diamond wedding an niversary in August of 1965. Fiftieth wedding anniversaries were celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Remple in 1966, and by Mr. and Mrs. John Scharien in 1967. Mrs. Eugenic Victoria Burton was 88 years of age in 1967. How pleased we would be to honor everyone in the above age group, by preserving their names for posterity in this book, if we had a list of all their names!
Mrs. Eliza Balmer wouldn't have been happy to have her beautifully decorated birthday cake perfora ted by the n um ber of candles that would indicate the years of her life! Two would do; one for the first fifty years, and the second one to mark the oc-
casion. Yes, the day this picture was taken, Mrs. Balmer was one
|e||hundred years of age!|
Two years have gone by since
that birthday celebration and, God willing, she could be with us in 1970 when she will be three years older than the Centennial tha t we commemorate.
One of the highligh ts of her 102nd year of life was the oc casion, in April, when she was