78 years in one home

78 years and that’s not the end of the story.  Just across the river in Bradley, barely a few miles by driving  and far less as a straight line, lived a woman who for the past 78 years lived in one house. She was 102 years old when she passed, in that house.

There is a picture of her on one wall off the entryway of that old farmhouse of her riding a pony when she was 5 years old. Traveling photographers were common in Maine taking photos of towns, buildings, cities, businesses and one was on the spot at her home 97 years ago. He had with him a small pony that he would offer as a prop for interested patrons. She looked delighted to be on the pony and her smile was beaming back at the camera.

She was able to stay in her own home until her peaceful end. There was a photo with the obituary that ran in the local paper. I don’t remember it just the fact that the deceased was 102 years old stuck with me. I will remember the photo of her on the pony for a lot longer.

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