Elizabeth Barnes © Blackwell OK Journal-Tribune 02-23-1928 Submitted by: Susan Barnes Smith
March 14, 1822 - February 22, 1928
VERY OLD TRIO FIGURE IN NEWS
One Dies, One Hurt , One Celebrates 107th Birthday, All Over 100
Three Oklahoma centenarians figured in today's news reports.
At Enid, Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes, the youngest of the three, died at the age of 105 years, eleven months. Mrs. Barnes came west from Indiana 50 years ago in a prairie schooner and settled in Kansas. She remained active until recently, and was a pipe smoker for 50 years.
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Death today closed the eyes of Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes and thus ended a picturesque career of an Enid pioneer woman who lived to be 105 years and eleven months old.
Mrs. Barnes was born March 14, 1822. Had she lived another month she would have been 106 years old. Her husband died in Indiana in 1878.
"Grandmother" Barnes and her six sons came across the prairies half a century ago to Kansas. They came in a prairie schooner over the same route now travelled in automobiles.
Last year the remarkable vitality of the woman came to light when she celebrated her 105th birthday. At this time she held an extended conversation with a representative of the Enid Eagle to whom she outlined her simple philosophy of life and the things she held accountable for her great age.
Mrs. Barnes remembered the arrival of the first railway train in Hagerstown Ind.
" I was just a little girl, but I well remember it.", she told the correspondent. " The train ran from Cincinnati to Hagerstown."
Going into her owqn life she said she could remember when brooms were unheard of; when the first threshing machines were "chaff pilers" piling the chaff and grain together.
Several years ago her eyesight and hearing started to fail.
"All I have left to comfort me is my pipe," she said to the interviewer.
" I've been smoking a pipe for 80 years. I started when I was just a girl."
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