Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1879,
as of July 25, 2017.


Ida Alligier, 110

Ida Alligier
Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Ida Alligier was born in Massachusetts, United States on September 27, 1879 and died in Idaho, United States on November 30, 1989 at the age of 110 years, 64 days.


Mary Bodie, 110

Aged 93:
Mary Bodie, 93

Mary Bodie was born in South Carolina, United States on March 15, 1879 and died in New York, United States on December 11, 1989 at the age of 110 years, 271 days.

Born as Mary Curry, she married James Bodie. Although they only had one biological child, Mary and Jim raised nine children together, taking in and bringing up many of her nieces and nephews after the untimely death of her sister and brother-in-law in 1915 and 1916.


Laura Dunlap, 110

With her husband:
Laura Dunlap, with her husband

Laura Dunlap was born in Kentucky, United States on July 16, 1879 and died in Florida, United States on February 28, 1990 at the age of 110 years, 227 days.


Ida Ereon, 110

Aged 109:
Ida Ereon, 109

Ida Ereon was born in New York, United States on February 18, 1879 and died in the same state on June 22, 1989 at the age of 110 years, 124 days.


Zoe Hiehle, 110

On her wedding day:
Zoe Hiehle
Photo sourced from Ancestry.com.

Zoe Hiehle was born in England, United Kingdom on August 19, 1879 and died in California, United States on August 25, 1989 at the age of 110 years, 6 days.


Asne Hustveit, 110

Shortly before her 110th birthday:
Asne Hustveit, 110
Photo courtesy of http://www.pressreader.com.

December 30, 2016; Asne Hustveit was born in Ostlandet, Norway on December 2, 1879 and died in the same region on December 17, 1989 at the age of 110 years, 15 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Norway.


Tane Ikai, 116

Aged 113:
Tane Ikai, 113

Tane Ikai aged 115:
Tane Ikai, 115

Tane Ikai was born in Kansei, Aichi, Japan on January 18, 1879 and died in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan on July 12, 1995 at the age of 116 years, 175 days. Ikai became the oldest living person in Japan on June 16, 1992, following the death of Waka Shirahama. On April 14, 1993 she passed the final age of Waka Shirahama and became the oldest Japanese person ever. On January 18, 1994, and January 18, 1995, she became the first Japanese person to reach the ages of 115 and 116 respectively. At the time of her death, she was the second oldest person in the world, after Jeanne Calment. Her Japanese longevity record was broken by Misao Okawa in 2014, but she remains the oldest person ever from Aichi prefecture.

Ikai married in 1899 and had four children with her husband before they separated in 1917 when she was 38. In a typical day, Ikai would eat three very basic meals of rice porridge. In 1968, at the age of 89, she moved into a nursing home where she was to live for the next 20 years. She played an active role in activities at the home and enjoyed making pottery and sewing until suffering her first stroke at the age of 99. In 1988, at the age of 109, Ikai suffered another stroke and was moved to a hospital, where she remained bedridden for the rest of her life. She outlived all of her children and was autopsied when she died on July 12, 1995 at the age of 116.


Katherine Jones, 112

On her 112th birthday:
Katherine Jones, 112

July 25, 2017; Katherine Jones was born in Kansas, United States on August 30, 1879 and died in California, United States on April 27, 1992 at the age of 112 years, 241 days.


Galo Leoz-Ortin, 110

Galo Leoz-Ortin

Dr. Galo Leoz-Ortin was born in Alcaniz, Aragon, Spain on April 22, 1879 and died in Madrid, Spain on January 23, 1990 at the age of 110 years, 276 days. He became the oldest verified living person in Spain on January 1, 1990. On January 13, 1990 he became the oldest verified Spanish man ever. His Spanish male longevity record was broken by Josep Armengol Jover in 1992. He remains the oldest man ever from Aragon.

Dr. Leoz-Ortin was born in Alcaniz but moved to Madrid in his teens. A renowned ophthalmologist, he became professor of Ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine of Madrid, University of Madrid, where he pioneered the study of degeneration and regeneration of the optic nerves, as well as corneal transplantation. He became President of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, Honorary President of the International Society of Neurology, and an honorary member of the national societies of ophthalmology in the United Kingdom and Italy. Dr. Leoz did his last consultation at the age of 103. He loved classical music, especially Baroque, and had was also a fan of opera. He was the father of the architect, sculptor and candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, Rafael Leoz.


Sadie Mayer, 112

Aged 108:
Sadie Mayer, 108

Sadie Mayer was born in New Hampshire, United States on November 7, 1879 and died in the same state on August 7, 1992 at the age of 112 years, 274 days.


Henri Perignon, 110

Henri Perignon aged 110:
Henri Perignon, 110
Photo courtesy of the Brandon Sun newspaper.

Henri Perignon was born in Sevres, Ile-de-France, France on October 14, 1879 and died in Saint-Arnoult, Lower Normandy, France on June 18, 1990 at the age of 110 years, 247 days. On February 23, 1990, he surpassed the final age of Jean Teillet and became the oldest French man ever. On June 10, 1990, he became the oldest living man in the world, following the death of John Evans. His French longevity record was surpassed by Emile Fourcade in 1995. He remains the oldest man ever from Normandy.

In 1904, Perignon married Marie Eugenie Loustau at Boulogne-Billancourtin. Perignon said his proudest achievement was working as chauffeur to Marshal Louis Hubert Lyautey, one of the best know soldiers in France at the beginning of the 20th century. He subsequently worked as a laundryman for many years before retiring in 1934 at the age of 55. In 1982, at the age of 102, the Caen University Hospital implanted a pacemaker that could facilitate breathing while engaging in physical activities such as riding a bicycle. He lost an eye during his service with Lyautey.


Lillian Ross, 113

Lillian Ross
Photo courtesy of Cornwall Collegiate Vocational School.

March 6, 2017; Lillian Ross was born in Ontario, Canada on August 24, 1879 and died in the same province on March 20, 1993 at the age of 113 years, 208 days. On September 7, 1992, she passed the final age of Alice Sjoquist and became the oldest Canadian person ever. Her Canadian longevity record was broken by Mary Ann Rhodes in 1996.


Martha Sagendorph, 110

1899 high school graduation, aged 20:
Martha Sagendorph, 20

In 1902 with a baby, aged 23:
Martha Sagendorph, 23

Aged 100:
Martha Sagendorph, 100

Martha Sagendorph was born in Massachusetts, United States on February 22, 1879 and died in the same state on June 30, 1989 at the age of 110 years, 128 days.


Laura Lord Scales, 110

Aged 21:
Laura Lord Scales, 21

Aged 46:
Laura Lord Scales, 46

On her 105th birthday:
Laura Lord Scales, 105

On her 107th birthday:
Laura Lord Scales, 107

On her 109th birthday:
Laura Lord Scales, 109

Laura Lord Scales was born in New Hampshire, United States on November 13, 1879 and died in Massachusetts, United States on June 12, 1990 at the age of 110 years, 211 days.


Eiju Tsuru, 110

Aged 100:
Eiju Tsuru, 100

Aged 107:
Eiju Tsuru, 107
Photos sourced from Japanese Supercentenarian Forum.

Eiju Tsuru was born in Fukuoka, Japan on February 4, 1879 and died in Nagano, Japan on January 11, 1990 at the age of 110 years, 341 days. On February 4, 1989, he became the first verified Japanese male supercentenarian. His Japanese male longevity record was broken by Gengan Tonaki in 1995.

Tsuru abstained from smoking and drinking for his entire life. He married a lady named Shige and fathered eight children. His wife died in 1942 at the age of 59. Tsuru was keen on bananas, and his family attributed his longevity to "a large appetite and a Meiji era streak of stubbornness".


James Wiggins, 112

In his adult years:
James Wiggins, as an adult

Aged 100:
James Wiggins, 100

With his daughter, aged 110:
James Wiggins, 110

James Wiggins was born in Aubrey, Lee County, Arkansas, United States on October 15, 1879 and died in the same state on October 16, 1991 at the age of 112 years, 1 day. On June 18, 1990, he became the oldest verified living man in the world, following the death of Henri Perignon. Wiggins remains the oldest man ever from Arkansas.

Wiggins married Mamie Lane in 1905 and had six children. He worked as a farmer, but was able to supplement his income by cutting timber and hauling it to the sawmill. Wiggins served in the U.S. Army during both world wars. He moved to Mississippi in 1926 but returned to Lee County, Arkansas in 1932, where he was to remain for the rest of his life. After his wife Mamie died in 1952, Wiggins married Molly Hill. For the last 20 years of his life, Wiggins lived with his daughter Rosetta in Lee County, Arkansas. Shortly before his 100th birthday he was described as being in excellent health and still strong enough to chop wood. At the age of 109 he became bedridden but remained in otherwise relatively good health.

When asked why her father had enjoyed such longevity, his daughter Rosetta said "he has always been a nice man, and he always says he was an obedient child."


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