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Ruth Salter celebrates 104 years
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Olmstead. “She’s extraordinary,” said Mrs. Laliberté. “She can talk about any subject.” Mrs. Gilmore, who will be turning 100 years old on February 27, said Salter is an example to everyone around here. “I think she is just a doll,” said Gilmore. “We all love her.” It is incredible to think of everything that has passed since Salter’s birth. In 1911, Sir Robert Borden served as the eighth Prime Minister of Canada, George Vwas crowned in Britain, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize, and the birth control movement had just begun the year before. A lot has happened in 104 years, but one thing that hasn’t changed, according to Salter’s family, friends, and staff at Manoir Carillon, is her disposition. “She calls the other ladies here mom,” laughedTheriault. “Everyday is my birthday,” said Orville Gautherwitha smilewhen family and staff of Pension du Bonheur in Alfred wished him a Happy 100th Birthday.Gauthier was born in Hawkesbury, but moved to New York at an early age and returned to Canada during the depression as a teenager.Hemoved toMontreal after the war where hemet his wife, Norah Browne. They were married for 59 years and had four children, eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 100 years young
In 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, the very first Indiana- polis 500 was won by Ray Haroun with an average speed of 74.59miles per hour, the first feature filmwas released, Machu Pic- chuwas rediscovered in Peru, and Ruth Sal- ter was born inNorth Sydney, Nova Scotia. And, 104 years later, Salter is well loved and respected by everyone around her. “She takes no meds, just aspirin and vitamins,” said Natalie Theriault, activity director at Manoir Carillon in Chute-à-Blondeau. “Eve- rybody loves her here. She is always in a good mood. It’s contagious.” Salter’s daughter, Joan Susan Kirton, was visiting on the day of her mother’s birthday and said her brother, Joseph Salter, had been to visit the day before. “He took her to Ste- phanie’s to celebrate,” said Kirton. “They had a wonderful time. She is in such good health. She reads without glasses and just recently received a totally clean bill of health.” Salter seemed quite amazed and pleased that a woman was going to put her picture in the newspaper. After all, when Salter was born, women did not have the right to vote, and were encouraged to marry and have children. Only 23 per cent of women made up the workforce. Several of the residents at the Manoir wanted to wish Salter a happy birthday and share their thoughts of their friend. “She makes you happy all the time,” said Aline
Ruth Salter celebrating her 104 th birthday at the Manoir Carillon with daughter Joan Susan Kirton.
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