CENTENARIANS

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Mary Belle (Murphy) Crombie - 06 July 1890 - 22 September 2003
A newspaper article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times for Jan. 1, 2003, mentioning that this was her "113th" New Year. According to Robert Young of Atlanta, GA (see www.grg.org): "If validated, Mary would go on Table E, 'List of Living Supercentenarians.' Mary would currently rank as the 14th-oldest validated person in the world, or 13th in line to the Guinness title, if officially accepted." Her parents were James Edward Murphy and Josephine Moore. Her twin sister Mabel lived to age 94. Mary graduated from the Battle Creek Sanitarium and Hospital Training School in Battle Creek, Mich., on Sept. 29, 1916
(Mary Belle Murphy married Charles Landon Crombie 27 Dec. 1923 in Whiteside Co. IL.
From the website of Steve Schack

Alma Lucille (Shank) Boedecker Hargrave 02 Jan 1909 - 28 Jul 2009 Obituary

Alma (Hawbecker) Fair - 20 May 1902 - 23 October 2004 Obituary

Margaret (Kelly) Goy: 16 Jan 1903 - Maytown - 16 Jan 2004 - Amboy Obituary

Ada Elizabeth (Fairchild) Ross: 26 Aug 1876 West Brooklyn - 04 Sep 1977 Amboy
"Mrs. Addie Ross, Amboy, celebrated her 101st birthday on, Aug. 26. She was honored with a party at Mapleside Manor where she resides on Aug, 28. Hosting the party were her daughters-in-law, Mrs. Edna Ross, Amboy and Mrs. Mabelle Ross, Franklin Grove, and her son, Bob Ross of Tampa, Fla. Ice Cream and cake were served, and many of the Mapleside Manor residents participated.
Contributed by Peggy Bartling from the Amboy News, Amboy, Lee Co., IL Sep 1, 1977 #35

Charlotte (Long) Whipperman: Dixon's oldest resident died in 1921. She was Obituary

Nathan Whitney 1791 - 1891
January 22, Colonel Nathan Whitney, of Franklin Grove, Ill., celebrated his one hundredth birthday. He was born in Conway, Mass., fifteen years after the declaration of independence, and was one of the pioneer settlers of Illinois, having lived within the State for fifty-four years. Before there was a sidewalk laid in Chicago and a bridge over the river, he was appointed a commissioner to organize Lee County and established his home on its prairies. He served in the war of 1812, and was mentioned for bravery at the battle of Lake Erie. Mr. Whitney had reached the age of threescore and ten when the first gun was fired on Fort Sumter. He has seen the development of the greatest nation on the earth from feeble States harassed by foreign foes, menaced by savages upon its borders, to a country of magnificent cities, which no internal war can disrupt and no foreign foe intimidate. He received his first degree of masonry seventy-four years ago, and is probably the oldest mason in the world. We present a portrait of Colonel Whitney, his son, grandson, and great-grandson, four generations. The one hundredth anniversary of Colonel Whitney's birth was made the occasion of a gathering of prominent masons from all over the state. Nathan Whitney Chapter No. 129, Royal Arch Masons, named in honor of Father Whitney, presented him with a solid silver platter, suitably inscribed, and several hundred congratulatory letters and telegrams were received.
Contributed by Greg Nickels - The Graphic. - Scientific American, 7 March 1891, page 147

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