Celebrating 100 years
The year was 1913. The sitting president was William Howard Taft. And, my mom was born on Sept. 10 of that year. Yes, on Sept. 10, 2013, my mom was 100.
She was born in Nebraska to Clarence Veryl and Olive LaVinna Freese. I love their names, especially my grandma, Olive LaVinna, or “Ollie” as she was known. They welcomed their new daughter, Aletha Vivian, the second of their later to be four children. My mom was never fond of her first name, so she has always been known as Vivian.
What else was happening in 1913? Well, William Howard Taft was only president until March 4, 1913, when Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the new president. For most of us, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson are just names in a history book that we were required to read about in grade school. The idea that my mom was actually alive when Woodrow Wilson was president is just, well, remarkable!
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