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Evansville resident celebrates 110th birthday

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A room was filled to capacity Saturday, as friends and family turned out to celebrate Hermina Wahlin's 110th birthday at the Evansville Care Campus.2 / 2

Imagine what life was like in the United States in 1904.

The average wage was 22 cents an hour. One in 10 adults couldn’t read or write. The average life expectancy was 47 years, and the American flag only had 45 stars on it.

Hermina Wahlin of Evansville doesn’t have to imagine it. She was there.

Born on November 26, 1904, Wahlin is one of the oldest living residents in Minnesota (the oldest is believed to be 114). Currently, the oldest known living person in the U.S. is 116.

Wahlin celebrated her 110th birthday at a party with family and friends on Saturday, November 29 at the Evansville Care Center, where she lives. A huge crowd turned out to wish her well and celebrate the special milestone with her.

Despite some hearing problems and some vision problems in one eye, Hermina is still physically well and has a strong memory.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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