NO PARTY THIS YEAR
Today marks the 101st birthday of an area woman whose life has spanned the era from the ox cart to the jet airplane.
Mrs. Sarah Aubuchon [a/k/a Sally Aubuchon], living on the 80-acre farm on Bonne Terre Route 1 which she has called home for the past 95 years, is bedfast but mentally alert. She was born in Irondale, near midnight Dec 31, 1862.
She moved to her present home, six miles north of Farmington, when she was 5 years old.
Besides marking her birthdays New Years Eve played at least one other significant role in her life. On that day in 1885, she married Basil J. Aubuchon, who died in 1926.
Mrs. Aubuchon is fond of pointing out that her first travels were in an ox cart and the last major journey was by jet airliner. When she was 93yrs old, she flew from St. Louis to Detroit MI and Pittsburgh PA, then back to St. Louis on a trip to visit relatives.
"It was a major event in her life," a daughter said. "She even planned to fly to Ireland, but finally decided against that."
The elderly widow is the descendant of a pioneer family of St. Francois County. Her ancestors, the Murphys, came to the Farmington area from Virginia in the early 1800's. Mrs. Aubuchon's maiden name was Cunningham and her father came to America from Ireland as a boy. She still has cousins living there.
The key to her longevity, her daughters suggested, may be a family noted for its long life and her moderate eating habits. Her grandmother, Mrs. Cynthia Murphy, lived to be 98, a daughter said, and Mrs. Aubuchon's great-grandmother died in her 90's.
Mrs. Aubuchon has been confined to her bed most of the last year, her daughters said. She suffered from pneumonia this fall and has been in poor health in recent months.
Up until after her one hundredth birthday, Mrs. Aubuchon's faculties were excellent and she spent much of her time reading. In the last year her eyesight has failed, her daughters said, but her mind is still alert.
Mrs. Aubuchon is five feet, seven inches tall and never weighed over 150 pounds, according to her daughters. She now weighs about 100 pounds.
Because of her poor health, no birthday party was planned for the aged widow this year. A party on her one hundredth birthday drew a large group of friends, neighbors and relatives, among them two old friends in their 90's.
Mrs. Aubuchon lives on the family farm with three of her four daughters. They are Miss Genevieve Aubuchon, Mrs. Philomena McKeon and Mrs. Emilie Smith. Her fourth daughter is Mrs. Elizabeth Barton of Wyandotte MI. Two of her four sons are living. They are John Aubuchon of Sebastopol, CA and Eugene Aubuchon of Ellwood City, PA.
COUNTY'S OLDEST KNOWN CITIZEN PASSED AWAY
Mrs. Sarah Jane AuBuchon, oldest known citizen of St. Francois
County, passed away March 7, 1964, at the age of 101 years, 2 months and 6 days. She died
at the farm home where she had lived for the past 95 years, six miles north of Farmington
on Bonne Terre, Route One.
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