In all of the world there are only a two known people still alive that were born in the 1800’s. Can you imagine that?
Emma Morano who lives in Verbania Italy, and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn were all born in 1899. The oldest, Jeralean Talley of Detroit, recently passed away on June 18th.
Emma is still fairly healthy and is on no medications at all and Susannah has some high blood pressure but otherwise is in good health. Jeralean was still bowling at age 104.
They have had different diets with Emma eating raw eggs every day but little fruits or vegetables. She does come from Sardinia though and there seems to be a lot of centenarians in Italy. I would like to think it is that Mediterranean diet but as we see Emma never followed that much.
Susannah eats bacon, scrambled eggs and grits every day. Jeralean’s favorite foods were chicken wings and head cheese but had stayed away from butter and cheese recently. This was not for medical reasons however.
Emma and Susannah never had children and were not married for very long. Jeralean, however, was married for many, many years and did have a daughter.
Can you imagine the changes in the world these women have seen? It is incomprehensible to me. The advances in medicine. Technology. Wars. Laws. Rights. They are living history.
Susannah will turn 116 next week and Emma is a few months younger.
Happy Birthday to both of you.
Have a really big piece of cake.