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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Contributed by Gigimo

Description: Ripe Old Age.

Date: July 17 1880

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

A Maryland-born colored woman, living at Syracuse, has hair white as snow. But then, she has passed a century of life, being in her 102d year. She is a cripple from a fall about a year ago, but otherwise as well as ever.

Although Mrs. Joseph SMARL is in her 90th year, she is visiting her daughter in Troy, N.Y. and delights in short pleasure trips. She is in excellent health, and good eyesight, and reads a great deal. She is of active temperament, and never idle.

A vivandiere of the great Napoleon's grand army lives in Paris, aged 93. Madame FETTER went with the soldiers to Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia, and was at the battles of Leipzig, Wagram and Austerntz. She has had a small pension since 1815.

The daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth BOWMAN, who died at Corydon, Ind., recently, in her 104th year, witnessed many encounters between the pioneers and the redskins, as her parents moved into the country of the Shawnee Indians when she was a little girl.

For eighty six years Col. Wm. WRIGHT has been a resident of Kentucky, having resided in the colony three years before it was admitted as a state. He was a gallant soldier in the war of 812, and laid down the harness in the home of his nephew after a life of 97 years.

"Aunt Polly" JEROME of New London, Conn, died recently aged 103 years. Her mental qualities were but little clouded; she was not afflicted with deafness, as people of her age usually are; was always cheerful and contented, and enjoyed the companionship of friends.

Mrs. Mary Jane ROZELLE, of Oswego, N.Y. died on June 5, after 106 years of life. She was married seventy five years ago, and has been the mother of fifteen children. Her husband died in 1864, aged 110. Up to a few days before her death she was physically and mentally active.

In early womanhood Mrs. LEVI of Lancaster, Pa., was a slave. At the centennial celebration of her birth, on Saturday evening, 300 persons, white and colored, called and offered their congratulations. A brass band gave the venerable woman a serenade. She is very active, and can see the smallest object.

Aberdeen, Scotland, lost a brilliant lawyer in March, in the person of Charles WINCHESTER, just as he had entered his 100th year. He was probably the oldest advocate in the United Kingdom. He took a quiet but effective interest int he progress and prosperity of Aberdeen, and was a classical scholar.

Submitted: 03/14/10 (Edited 03/14/10)

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