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Front Porch: 103YO nearly unsinkable

Jeunette Nelson was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic sank − but unlike the ill-fated ocean liner Nelson really has proved to be unsinkable. As her 103rd birthday approaches on Nov. 16, she said, “I think I’m going to start counting backwards, now!” From her room at Harvard Park, she reflected on growing up on a farm in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. “I was number 7 out of 10 children,” she said. “I had five brothers and five sisters. Mother was pregnant all the time − she had a baby every 18 months!” Growing up on a farm meant work. Nelson said, “I had to milk nine cows every morning and every night − we all had our own cows to milk”/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

DFO: The oldest person in my family is my mother who turned 90 in June. In fact, she's the oldest person ever in my family.

Question: How old is the oldest person in your family?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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