1900's Centenarians Reflect on 1800s

There is a secondary love affair in the life of Noah Raby which he will sometimes mention. He fell in love with Anne Dunleavy later and had made all the arrangements for the wedding. She went as his fiancée to the farm where he was employed. She flirted desperately with a farmhand and ran away with him, all in twelve hours. The aged man is therefore still distrustful of women.

Mrs. Mary McDonald, of Philadelphia, has attained the same age as Noah Raby. She is now 129 years old. She lives in the Home for the Aged and Infirm in the Quaker City, and there is none more hopeful than she as she looks forward to the coming of the new century. She remembers the days of Valley Forge, and in the most picturesque language describes the soldiers in “ragged regimentals” who endured cold and hunger in their struggle for the liberty of the United States. She remembers vividly the skirmishing about the Forge, the flash of the muskets and the shouts of the pickets.

Celestina Nigri is living in comfort at her home, at 1135 Vine Street, Philadelphia, at the hale old age of 111 years. She retains the use of her faculties, and can tell many an interesting story of the changes which she has seen.

In the mind of Michael Mooney there are recollections of a certain disturbance in Ireland in the year 1798. He was born in Granuth, Ireland, in the year 1792. He arrived in this country in his youth, and until a few years ago he led a busy and varied life. He is now living in the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Philadelphia.

Sleep and the Daily Bath

Among those who live to give recipes for long life is Mrs. Mary Bradley, of Philadelphia. She was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, in 1799. She came to this country in 1829. Her husband, John Bradley, was killed in the mines at Pottsville in 1836. She had four children, of whom only one survives. She has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She helps with the household duties, and not very long ago she took advantage of the absence of her daughter to begin a series of housecleaning operations. She astonished the dentists a year or so ago by developing three back teeth, which took the place of those which she had lost years before. She rises at five o’clock every morning, and goes to bed at ten o’clock at night. She attributes her long life to plenty of sleep and daily cold baths.

One of the best known old men in the country is Abraham Elmer, of Utica, N.Y. He was alive and well yesterday, and serenely hopeful of seeing the beginning of the new century. He was born in Herkimer County, N.Y., in 1782. He has always lived a hardy life, and is still a vigorous man. He went to Sackett’s Harbor to enlist in the war of 1812. He served in the Fourth infantry, commanded by Colonel Bellinger. He says his long life is due to a simple diet and the observance of the primary laws of health.

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