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Old 01-22-2016, 09:18 PM   #1
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Only 1 person alive born in 1800's

Name: Susannah Mushatt Jones
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Birthday: July 6, 1899

Kind of amazing to think about! I remember my dad saying he would hear news when he was younger of civil war vets dying in the 50's.
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It's a shame that more personal accounts of Civil War vets were not captured and made public like we have tried to do in recent years with WWI, WWII, and Vietnam vets. Perhaps I'm just not aware of them though.
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Imagine what shes seen in her life time.

The beginning of the car
The Beginning of flight
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2 World Wars
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How many presidents
and so much more

Truly amazing
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Name: Susannah Mushatt Jones
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Kind of amazing to think about! I remember my dad saying he would hear news when he was younger of civil war vets dying in the 50's.
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It's a shame that more personal accounts of Civil War vets were not captured and made public like we have tried to do in recent years with WWI, WWII, and Vietnam vets. Perhaps I'm just not aware of them though.
So that they could be protested as traitorous racists?

Because that's what it was all about......
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Imagine what shes seen in her life time.

The beginning of the car
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How many presidents
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Truly amazing
Exactly, it's incredible
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The coolest part about her is that she was in her 20's in the 20's.
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The last American Rev war vet died in 1869.

The last civil war vet died in 1956, but he never saw battle. The last civil war combat vet died in 1953, with the last confederate vet in 1951.

Last WWI vet died in 2011.

Last WWII vet expected to die in 2036. About 500 vets die a day with 850,000 left of the 16 million who served.
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That's crazy. Imagine the stories she could tell you.
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I used to volunteer at the humane society taking animals around to different nursing homes. A lot of them are lonely so any chance to get to talk to a new person they took. I spent hours listening to their fun reminiscing of what they had done/experienced in their lives.
Bottom line, don't forget your elders. They've seen **** and lived their lives and all have stories worth passing onto the next generations.
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My Dad is 98 (born 5-19-17) and his mind is still sharp. Its great to get his perspective on history. He was 27 when he fought as a combat engineer in the Battle of the Bulge.

Its hard to get any details out of the old veterans about the battles but as soon as the war is brought up he starts talking about how cold it was and at the time.

His life experiences from the past are very interesting and enlightening. I you get a chance to listen to the old folks, give it shot, they will like it also.
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My Dad is 98 (born 5-19-17) and his mind is still sharp. Its great to get his perspective on history. He was 27 when he fought as a combat engineer in the Battle of the Bulge.

Its hard to get any details out of the old veterans about the battles but as soon as the war is brought up he starts talking about how cold it was and at the time.

His life experiences from the past are very interesting and enlightening. I you get a chance to listen to the old folks, give it shot, they will like it also.
Wow, are you in your 60s?
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The last American Rev war vet died in 1869.

The last civil war vet died in 1956, but he never saw battle. The last civil war combat vet died in 1953, with the last confederate vet in 1951.

Last WWI vet died in 2011.

Last WWII vet expected to die in 2036. About 500 vets die a day with 850,000 left of the 16 million who served.

Cool facts
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Nice to have the diverse perspectives on this forum! Would have benefited from your insights in the $800 million Powerball thread...
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My Dad is 98 (born 5-19-17) and his mind is still sharp. Its great to get his perspective on history. He was 27 when he fought as a combat engineer in the Battle of the Bulge.

Its hard to get any details out of the old veterans about the battles but as soon as the war is brought up he starts talking about how cold it was and at the time.

His life experiences from the past are very interesting and enlightening. I you get a chance to listen to the old folks, give it shot, they will like it also.
My grandfather is 99, and it is definitely cool to hear WWII stories. He was on a destroyer that was involved in d-day, and a variety of other engagements. You're right on with not talking about specific battles, but how the ship felt, etc.
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Not only the war is interesting, but the way of life in the early 1900s, especially in the rural areas, and items that we take for granted that they didn't have access to. My Mother's parents owned a 250 acre farm and did not have any gas-powered equipment (including a car).

In the 50's and early 60's we visited them often and it was like going back to the mid-1800s. They had electricity but other than that is was pretty basic ... outhouse, lowering a bucket in the well for water, bathing in a large metal tub after boiling water, etc.

Horses pulled the plows and wagons and provided transportation, up to 20 cows were milked twice a day, I watched piglets being castrated, cows and pigs slaughtered for meat, chickens beheaded and plucked for chicken dinner on Sundays.

I used to think that was kinda cool until I realized that there was no such thing as a vacation or even a day off. They had no debt, no investments, no employment to lose. They never thought they were poor.
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