July 20, 2009 in Region

Montana resident now world’s oldest man

Associated Press

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A 112-year-old Great Falls man has become the oldest living man in the world after 113-year-old Henry Allingham of England died Saturday.

Walter Breuning was born Sept. 21, 1896. He learned to read by kerosene lantern, remembers his grandfather telling him about fighting in the Civil War, and cast his first presidential ballot for Woodrow Wilson.

Now a resident of the Rainbow Retirement Home, Breuning takes one aspirin and eats two meals a day. He strolls the halls daily wearing a suit and tie, and still walks the ramps to his second-floor apartment.

Breuning’s longevity advice? Stay active in body and mind, don’t eat too much and be good to people.

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