That is amazing, and delightful as well. My wife's grandparents (on her mom's side) are both alive and kicking at 92 (her) and 95 (him). He mows the lawn and gets on the roof to repair the shingles, and she paints and volunteers at church. They are both chipper and cheerful and look like they could keep going another 50 years! And I hope they do!<br><br>
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Probably the biggest thing around here she witnessed was a historical event not talked about locally until 10 years ago. She was 11 and lived on Mellen Street. They drug one guy behind a horse or wagon and hung him from the bridge. She said of course he was dead already. I believe he may have been shot.<br><br>Centralia Massacre, <br>Armistice Day Riot of 1919 <br><br>The Armistice Day Riot was an armed skirmish between members of the Industrial Workers of the World and members of the American Legion. The riot took place on Tower Avenue in downtown Centralia on November 11th, 1919. News of the riot reached the entire nation. The riot is recognized today as a significant event in United States labor history. <br><br><br>The American Legion's Centralia post organized a parade in 1919 to celebrate the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It was an open secret in town for several weeks before the parade, that the local I.W.W. hall would be stormed by the Legionnaires on the day of the parade. Numerous attacks had been made on the hall and its occupants in the past. The Legionaries viewed the "Wobblies" - a nickname for the union members, as unpatriotic radicals and a threat to the well-being of their community and the nation. The Wobblies advocated an abolition of capitalism and an end to the wage system, and spoke out openly against big business and big government. <br><br>The Wobblies had prepared themselves for the assault. They were refused protection by the police, and after consulting a local lawyer, Elmer Smith, they exercised their right to arm themselves in self-defense. They positioned armed men in the union hall, as well as at several locations outside the hall. It is unclear which side fired first, but as the Legionnaires rushed the hall, guns began to be fired. <br><br>[color:blue]Three Legionnaires were killed on the street near the hall, and a fourth was shot by a fleeing Wobbly on the outskirts of town. Subsequently, the contents of the union hall were dragged into the street and set ablaze. Five Wobblies were captured by the Legionnaires and taken to jail. I.W.W. member Wesley Everest (a WW I veteran himself) fled but was captured later in the day and taken to the Centralia jail. A group of vigilantes removed Everest from jail later that evening during a mysterious power blackout. They mutilated his body, and hung him from the Mellen Street Bridge.</font color=blue> <br><br>Eleven Wobblies were later indicted for the killing of the four Legionnaire. Eight Wobblies were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to stiff prison terms of between twenty-five and forty years. Eventually, one Wobbly died in prison, six were released in the early 1930's, and the last one freed in 1939. No member of the mob that broke into the Centralia jail was ever charged with the lynching of Wesley Everest. <br><br>Although the Roderick Hotel where the union hall was located is no longer standing, the site of the riot is on the National Register of Historic Places. Memorial markers for both the Wobblies and the Legionnaires have been placed at George Washington Park (at Main and Pearl Streets) in Centralia. Wesley Everest's gravesite is marked by a 12"x24" granite headstone at the Sticklin-Greenwood Cemetery in Centralia. <br><br>Circumstances surrounding the riot of 1919 caused discussion of the event to be suppressed for many years within the local community. It has only been within the last decade that studies of the riot have been welcomed by the community-at-large as a way to gain an understanding of their local history and the people who shaped it. <br><br>In August 1997 artist, Mike Alewitz, a New Jersey-based labor muralist, painted a 30'x25' mural on Centralia Square Antique Mall (201 South Pearl) facing Washington Park. The mural is to be a tool for teaching young people in the labor movement about the struggle for better working conditions, not only in Centralia but in the whole nation. <br><br>------------------------------------------------------------------------<br>Additional information: <br><br>Wobbly War, The Centralia Story<br>John McClelland Jr.<br>Published by The Washington State Historical Society<br>315 N. Stadium Way, Tacoma WA 98403<br>Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 87-51095 <br><br>She was also on Kodiak Island during the 1964 Alaska Earthquake.<br>She was 57. The amazing thing is even though she has outlived all her siblings, all 5 of her children are still living. Her first husband and her (divorced for 70 years) belonged to a motorcycle club in the 20's. We have a picture of her on an Indian motorcycle in a silk blouse and pants which were pretty wild for those days.<br><br>"There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."<br>-- Linus Van Pelt (Peanuts)
Does she have memories that conicide with the history? I was present at one of the "major battles" of the Cuban Revolution, the battle of Cienfuegos, and I can tell you that what the histories say does not coincide at all with what I remember. According to some texts I've seen, the whole of the town was supposed to have been in flames. As I recall, however, the only flames I saw were in the brush burning in our back yard. There was a plane shot down--that is certainly true, and I remember the shock when it burst apart as it hit the bay. Armed soldiers did come around from time to time, but I didn't hear any shooting other than what led to the plane being shot down.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"<br>
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