In search of lost time | Chuck's World


Last updated 5/17/2017 at Noon

As of last month, there were nine people documented to be at least 114 years old, born in the first few months of 1903 or earlier. This is not as trivial as it sounds, although someone should probably check my math.

Not that any of these supercentenarians could enlighten us about that period. The oldest documented person on the planet, Violet Brown of Jamaica, would have been 3 years old at the time.

But in the spring of 1903, as noted in a recent Atlantic article by Adrienne Lafrance, Margaret Ann Neve reached the end of her own very long life. Ms. Neve carried quite a bit of history wit...

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