For Mother’s Day: six generations of daughters, from 7 weeks to 111 years

Check out this picture and story that originally aired on ABC News — and Happy Mother’s Day (a day early!):


  1. pagansister says:

    111 years old! Holy Cow! She’s seen a lot in her time.

  2. That is an awesome photo. Born in either 1900 or 1901 she has indeed seen a lot. William McKinley was president and most people got around by horse or carriage. Most homes were lit with gas or kerosene lamps and heated with coal or wood fires. Express travel from New York to San Francisco (before the big quake) was a week or more by train. Travel to Europe from the US was about 6 days on the fastest ocean liner in the world (Germany’s SS Deutschland). A text message probably meant a Western Union Telegram. There would have been no drinking to celebrate her birth in the 14 states that were partially or totally “dry.” Women would not have the right to vote until 1920 and blacks would have to wait until the 1960′s in many parts of the nation. A dollar in 1900 would have had roughly the same purchasing power as $20 in today’s money. Both men and women were much more conservative in dress. The general rule was that women should show no skin except below their sleeves and above the neck. It was considered shockingly risque for a lady’s ankles to be visible in public. All Roman Catholic sacraments were performed in Latin. Most people lived their entire lives without traveling more than 30 miles from their place of birth.

    In one very important respect this lady has beaten the odds. The average life expectancy in 1900 was 46 for men and 48 for women.

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