Elizabeth just turned 100 the other day so I thought I would interview her. She was born in 1013 in Manton Ca. in her parents home without a doctor. Yes there was a midwife. She was the baby of six. She grew up without electricity.
Her father raised cattle, goats and hogs. They had a fig orchard, apple orchard and raised bees for the honey. When the prices where down on the live stock the fruit and honey prices where up. They had it better than a lot of people during the depression because they always had something to eat. During world war II.The only things they worried about was fuel for the tractor and tires.
She married her childhood sweetheart when she was 17. They had two children a boy and a girl. The love of her life died when she was 30 of brain cancer. She was lucky that he had worked for PG&E long enough for her to get part of his pension.
She went to work at the Manton post office and worked her way up to post master, where after 50 years she retired. She knew every family in Manton and most of their business. At 100 she still lives in the home her and her husband bought when they where first married.
When you walk into her home it is like stepping back in time. The old house was built before electricity or running water.The old cloth raped wire still runs over the walls. The fuse box has class screw in fuses.which by the way she says are getting harder and harder to find. The back porch was converted into the bathroom , with a wonderful old cast iron bathtub, claw feet and all. She still has a double seat out house out in the back behind the barn.
he grew up