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100 years ago (more or less): of age and olden things

Being old has changed by decades in last 100 years

By "Jim"

My mother turned 61 the year I attained my majority, and without a doubt, she was at the time the oldest person in the world. Oddly enough, now that threescore years and I are close enough together to be on nodding terms, that age seems considerably younger than way back then.

The above "reverie" was inspired by this headline on a front page in the April 5, 1911 News: "Death of an Old Woman." The deceased, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Mayes, had passed "last Wednesday afternoon" after a long battle with consumption. She was a long-time member of the Christian Church and "was loved by every one who knew her." Her remains were laid to rest in the Roley Cemetery to await the resurrection. As far as the "old" part in the headline, Mrs. Mayes was 61.

Meanwhile, the Owensby (Russell County) correspondent reported that

On the 28th there was an old time log rolling at A.E. Wolford's. There was a large crowd in attendance, and it served as a reminder to the old ones present of the happy days of old, when men gathered together to enjoy the festivities on such occasions. At the noon hour a bountiful meal was served and at dawn of night the guests repaired to their homes, well pleased with the events of the day...

Not to be outdone by Owensby in the olden times department, the Ozark scribe noted that

The relatives and friends of Aunt Meeky Montgomery gave her a surprise birthday March 24th. Meeky lives at the old home of her grandfather in the house built by him when he came from Va., one hundred years ago. We used some silver spoons and a cup made by Frank Montgomery [and] a salt cellar brought from Liverpool, England...We saw a home made cotton shirt that Nancy Taylor had spun, wove and made for her father near a century ago.

-Compiled by "Jim."




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