Carleton Place, Ontario
Carleton Place lady
celebrates 106 years young
with permission from the Carleton Place/Almonte
Canadian-Gazette, Ottawa region, ON
(Photo by Sam Cooley, Canadian-Gazette photographer.)
you want to live to the age of 106, just remember that tomorrow
will take care of itself.
~ Jean Holmes
The Spotlight in this issueJean Holmesgrew
up in Manitoba, but now lives in Carleton Place, Ontario,
on the west side of Ottawa. You may recall that Senior Scope
featured Jeans youngest brother, Harold Casselman of
Winnipeg, in the January, 2010 issue. Harold is a 60-year
member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and is active with
the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Chorus. He also sings baritone
with the Generations of Sound quartet.
the advice of 106-year-old Jean Holmes, who celebrated her
birthday on Oct. 20. Holmes celebrated her big day with a
luncheon with her fellow residents at Elizabeth Court in Carleton
Place on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
tell them that I dont worry about the future and I dont
smoke, said Holmes during an interview at her home.
only time I saw her with a cigarette was (when she) was lighting
them up for dad when he was driving, said Holmes
daughter Jan Ferguson. Were trying to teach her
how to drink, Ferguson added with a laugh.
admits that she never thought she would live to be this old
when she was a child.
when I got big, she adds, she never thought she would
see the century.
she is glad her mother has had such a long life, Ferguson
will be keeping her mothers celebrations low-key this
thinks people are tired of buying her birthday cards,
joked Ferguson. It will be a low-key affair compared to her
earlier centennial birthdays. When Holmes turned 100, her
family took her on an Alaskan cruise, where she was dubbed
Queen Jean. Ferguson said that she has decided
to keep the big parties to a minimum of once every five years
for her mother, so the next big soiree will be when she turns
life has changed a lot since she was born in 1904.
grew up on a farm and theres always something to do,
she said of her early life in rural Manitoba, the second oldest
of 11 children.
was born the year after the Wright brothers took to the air
with the worlds first powered flight in December 1903,
and the miracle of flight was still a sight to behold during
airplanes were one thing. If you heard something going overhead,
you all ran outside to see it, Holmes said.
only 10 years old when Canada joined other nations in what
was then known as the Great War.
can remember quite well, she said of a young man from
her village who went off to the Western Front to fight. We
had a young Englishman who went to that war. He came back
later, when war again broke out, she was married and had children
to tend to.
remember World War I better than the Second World War,
she admitted, though she recalled that three young men from
her village did go to fight.
know one of them didnt come back, she said.
married in 1927 in Saskatchewan, and still wears her gold
seen a lot of dishwashers, she jokes.
did not learn how to drive until the 1970s, but she has certainly
made up for lost distance since then, travelling with her
family to Germany, Scotland, and the United States.
parents never thought of having a holiday, Holmes recalled.
She returned to Manitoba for her 104th birthday, where she
met many of her family.
seems to run in the family. Her sisters Aileen is 101, Jemima
will be 100 in January and Eleanor will be 90 in November.
Her brother Harold is the baby of the family at age 88.
her age, Holmes is still mentally sharp and involved. When
Holmes was born, women in Canada still could not vote. Now,
at age 106, she had cast her ballot at an advance poll in
last months municipal elections.
her father sat on the local school board, we never talked
election, at her home growing up, but she is certainly
glad that women can now vote.
enjoys knitting and crocheting and baking pies and cookies
for her family. She also stays healthy just by walking
around in here. I try to eat properly and get exercise.
more in the Nov
9 -Nov 29/2010 issue of Senior Scope)
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more in the Nov
9 -Nov 29/2010 issue of Senior Scope)