1900's Centenarians Reflect on 1800s

Despite her great age, Mrs. Hunt is still active, and attends to the business of a small candy store, and finds that it keeps her mind occupied and gives her sufficient exercise. the store is known as the “Little Candy Store Around the Corner,” and is very popular with the children of the neighborhood.

“I have lived a long time and have seen a great many come and a great many go,” said Mrs. Hunt yesterday. “I am thankful to the good Lord for His mercy in having spared me for so long. I am surrounded by those I love, and it is a great mercy that I can be with them.”

Mrs. Hunt said that her health had been good until a few days ago. She did not feel well, but stated that she had fully recovered and felt like herself again.

When the people of New Brunswick, N.J., hold the proposed celebration of the advent of the new year and twentieth century, one of those already selected to be serenaded by the bands will be Mrs. Hannah Bartow, a widow, of Washington and Catherine streets, who will welcome a century for the second time in her life. Few if any other women live who at the age of 105 show such remarkable vitality as New Brunswick’s oldest resident.

On the first day of May, 1901, she will celebrate her 106th birthday, if she lives, and on that day, as has been the custom for years, the little home of Mrs. Bartow will be thronged with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, whose ages vary from one year to 80 years.

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