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“Soft,”Mrs. McConnell contemptuously refers to the present generation. “They can’t compare with the boys and girls I knew. Imagine a flapper with seven children to support. The world is full of weaklings.”

Eliza McConnell at 100

In case you can’t read the newsprint, here’s the text from the March 1926 article:

Just Hard Work Says Woman Who Did It

“Work. That’s the secret of being a centenarian,” yesterday declared Mrs. Eliza McConnell 810 East Forty-fifth Street, who will celebrate her one hundredth birthday anniversary Monday. And when Mrs. McConnell says “work” she means just that.

In the days when Cynthia, Indiana was a straggling frontier settlement, Mrs. McConnell and the other women would help the menfolk plow the field and clear the forest with axes, after the washing and household chores were finished. Mrs. McConnell was married and had nine children. When her husband was killed in the Civil War she was left alone to do the farm work and care for the children.

“Soft,” Mrs. McConnell contemptuously refers to the present generation. “They can’t compare with the boys and girls I knew. Imagine a flapper with seven children to support. The world is full of weaklings.”

Mrs. McConnell laughed at the modern housewife who requires servants.

Imagine what she’d think of us? I need to get to work.

2 Responses to “More from Gran McConnell”

  1. sonja Says:

    I think I like your Gran. I especially like her 3 cup of coffee a day habit (which I happen to share). I don’t think I could keep up with her tho.

  2. Wren Says:

    I seriously can’t imagine a flapper raising seven kids. Hmmm…good story idea!