Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, 1827-1927

Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, 1827-1927

Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, 1827-1927

Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, 1827-1927

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On April 9, 1926, the Evening Democrat of Fort Madison, Iowa, contained the following announcement:--

MRS. BROWN'S BIRTHDAY

An unusual family party took place to-day when Mrs. Maria D. Brown celebrated her 99th birthday. Gathered about her at the dinner table were her widowed daughter and her five sons with their wives. The oldest son is 80 years old, the youngest 56. The combined age of the family group, mother and six children, is 521 years. All are in sound health, physically and mentally. The party took place at the Brown homestead, where Mrs. Brown has lived for more than a half century. She presided at the dinner table, asking the blessing in a strong voice and blowing out the candles on her birthday cake in one vigorous breath. Not the least among the achievements is the fact that she has kept to her extreme age a high degree of personal beauty and is still lovely to look at.

This family has on both sides a remarkable record of longevity.

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