MOUNT VERNON — “A lot has happened in 105 years,” said Eloise Hagan, who turns 105 today. As a Knox County centenarian she has seen it all, from the first Ford Model T Touring Car her family owned in 1916 to casting her first vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932; from seeing a lot of American history to volunteering with the Red Cross and working at the polls for 60 years plus.
Eloise was born Sept. 12, 1908, on her family’s farm in Fredericktown, to Wid and Nina Shipley.
“My great grandfather came from Maryland (in 1824) and he was given a land grant for 40 acres in Pike Township and he built a house on it. My father bought 40 more acres next to it and the farm has grown to 300 acres plus and is still owned by my great nephew,” said Eloise.
Eloise started school in a country one-room school with one teacher for all the children, and one potbellied stove.
“I walked a mile and a half to school, unless it was raining or the snow was deep then my father took us on horseback,” said Eloise. She also said that while growing up they went everywhere in a horse and buggy until she was 8 years old.
One memorable trip Eloise shared was an all-day trip to Mount Vernon in which the family went Christmas shopping.
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