Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1885,
as of October 16, 2017.


Yasu Akino, 113

July 14, 2002; Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us (by way of Robert Young of Atlanta, GA) this photo of
Yasu Akino
January 2, 2017; Another photo of Yasu Akino.
Yasu Akino
Yasu Akino who was born in Japan on March 1, 1885 and died on February 12, 1999 at the age of 113 years, 348 days just 17 days shy of her 114th birthday. Yasu was the oldest person in Japan from November 18, 1998 until her death on February 12, 1999. She spent the last years of her life bedridden after she suffered a fall.


Mary Arp, 112

Aged 107:
Mary Arp, 107

July 26, 2017; Mary Arp was born in Iowa, United States on July 4, 1885 and died in South Dakota, United States on January 18, 1998 at the age of 112 years, 198 days.


Kathryn Bassich, 111

On her 110th birthday:
Kathryn Bassich, 110

July 25, 2017; Kathryn Bassich was born in New York, United States on July 26, 1885 and died in the same state on July 6, 1997 at the age of 111 years, 345 days.


Anna Cone, 110

Aged 1 with her mother:
Anna Cone, 1

Aged 16:
Anna Cone, 16

Aged 102:
Anna Cone, 102

Undated photo:
Anna Cone

Aged 110:
Anna Cone, 110

January 2, 2016; Anna Cone was born in Kentucky, United States on September 20, 1885 and died in California, United States on May 3, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 226 days.


Elisa Cubells, 110

Elisa Cubells

January 26, 2016; Elisa Cubells was born in Catalonia, Spain on August 20, 1885 and died in France on November 16, 1995 at the age of 110 years, 88 days.


Minnie Davenport, 110

On the far right, with her sisters and grandmother:
Minnie Davenport

1907 graduation picture:
Minnie Davenport,22

Undated later photo:
Minnie Davenport

January 28, 2016; Minnie Davenport was born in Georgia, United States on March 21, 1885 and died in the same state on January 19, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 304 days.


Bernard Delhom, 110

Bernard Delhom

April 17, 2016; Bernard Delhom was born in Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France on July 9, 1885 and died in Paris, France on February 7, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 213 days. On December 29, 1995, he became the oldest living man in France and Europe, following the death of Emile Fourcade. He was the last French survivor of the battle of Verdun, and retired as an officer of the Gendarmeria in 1943.


Anneke (Johanna) van Dommelen-Hamer, 110

Undated photo:
Anneke (Johanna) van Dommelen-Hamer

On her 110th birthday:
Anneke (Johanna) van Dommelen-Hamer, 110

May 21, 2015; Anneke (Johanna) van Dommelen-Hamer was born in Gelderland, the Netherlands on October 20, 1885 and passed away in the same province on May 7, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 200 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in the Netherlands.


Myrtle Dorsey, 114

Undated photo:
Myrtle Dorsey

Aged 109:
Myrtle Dorsey, 109

Aged 113:
Myrtle Dorsey, 113

Aged 114:
Myrtle Dorsey, 114

May 21, 2015; Myrtle Dorsey was born in Putnam County, Ohio, United States on November 22, 1885 and passed away in the same state on June 25, 2000 at the age of 114 years, 216 days. At the time of her death, she was the second oldest person in the world. She remains the oldest person ever from Ohio.

Born as Myrtle Burkmier, she married Homer Dorsey in 1917 and had one daughter.


Ada Freeman, 110

Aged 23:
Ada Freeman, 23
Photo sourced from Pikes Peak Nugget.

October 16, 2017; Ada Freeman was born in Texas, United States on December 28, 1885 and died in Colorado, United States on May 28, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 152 days.


Mabel Greenwald, 110

Aged 108:
Mabel Greenwald, 108

February 3, 2016; Mabel Greenwald was born in Ohio, United States on February 7, 1885 and died in Texas, United States on December 30, 1995 at the age of 110 years, 326 days.


Take Hayasaka, 113

Aged 100:
Take Hayasaka, 100

December 30, 2016; Take Hayasaka was born in Japan on July 1, 1885 and died in Niigata, Japan on July 23, 1998 at the age of 113 years, 22 days.


Mary Heitzig, 111

Aged 100:
Mary Heitzig, 100

Aged 111:
Mary Heitzig, 111

February 2, 2016; Mary Heitzig was born in Beltress, Jersey County, Illinois, United States on April 13, 1885 and died in the same state on December 30, 1996 at the age of 111 years, 261 days.

Born as Mary Schmieder, she married Joseph Heitzig in 1908 and had 11 children. Her husband died in 1957. She once went on a six-country tour of Europe and also visited Canada, New York and Washington. For many years an active member of a local quilting club, Heitzig also attended church on a daily basis until well into her centenarian years. When asked for the secrets to her longevity, she said simply "rest and prayers."


Cornelia Hendrikse-Maas, 110

Cornelia Hendrikse-Maas

May 21, 2015; Cornelia Hendrikse-Maas was born in Zeeland, the Netherlands on December 2, 1885 and passed away in North Brabant, the Netherlands on July 15, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 226 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in the Netherlands.


Estella Kingsbury, 110

Aged 25, with her husband and children:
Estella Kingsbury, 25

As an older woman:
Estella Kingsbury, as an older woman

January 26, 2016; Estella Kingsbury was born in Iowa, United States on March 28, 1885 and died in the same state on February 20, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 329 days.


Karolina Kruger, 111

Karolina Kruger

Karolina Kruger (alternative spelling Krueger) was born in Zurlauben, Germany on February 17, 1885 and died in Munster, Germany on July 3, 1996 at the age of 111 years, 137 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest verified living person in Germany.


Adelia Mead, 110

Adelia Mead

May 21, 2015; Adelia Mead was born in New York, United States on February 14, 1885 and passed away in Nebraska, United States on November 10, 1995 at the age of 110 years, 269 days.


Eva Morris, 114

August 16, 2001; Robert Young of Atlanta, Georgia located a photo of
Eva Morris and Debbie Cummings
Eva (Sharpe) Morris (with care-assistant Ms. Debbie Cummings). During her reign, she was the world's oldest person for a longer time than Marie Bremont was.

November 2, 2000; Dag T. Hoelseth reported that Eva Morris, the oldest living woman in the United Kingdom, died last night in her sleep, six days before she was to turn 115. She passed away at a home for elderly in Staffordshire, England. See her photo above. Therefore, Morris [November 8, 1885 - November 2, 2000] winds up third on the "all-time" British list.

Born as Eva Sharpe, Morris worked for some time as a domestic servant. She married Joseph Morris and had her only child in 1914. After being widowed in the 1930s, she lived in her own flat until the age of 107, before moving into a nursing home after suffering a chest infection. Morris attributed her longevity to a daily tot of Bell's whisky and boiled onions. She also enjoyed an occasional cigarette and riding a bike. Morris outlived her only child by 25 years.


Anna Mueller, 110

On the right, as a young girl:
Anna Mueller, as a girl

Again as a young girl, furthest left on the front row:
Anna Mueller, as a girl

January 10, 2016; Anna Mueller was born in lllinois, United States on August 27, 1885 and died in Iowa, United States on December 10, 1995 at the age of 110 years, 105 days.


Susie Nelson, 111

Aged 111:
Susie Nelson, 111

July 30, 2017; Susie Nelson was born in Missouri, United States on November 12, 1885 and died in the same state on October 18, 1997 at the age of 111 years, 340 days.


Claire O'Rourke, 111

Soon to be 94 (early January 1979):
Claire O'Rourke, 94

100th birthday:
Claire O'Rourke, 100

103rd birthday:
Claire O'Rourke, 103

106th birthday:
Claire O'Rourke, 106

Shortly before her 109th birthday:
Claire O'Rourke, 109
Photos sourced from Feather River Bulletin newspaper.

March 1, 2017; Claire O'Rourke was born in California, United States on January 23, 1885 and died in the same state on June 26, 1996 at the age of 111 years, 155 days.


Bertha Pautz, 110

Bertha Pautz, 110

January 10, 2016; Bertha Pautz was born in lllinois, United States on December 20, 1885 and died in Kansas, United States on October 16, 1996 at the age of 110 years, 301 days.


Clarina Ragland, 111

Aged 100:
Clarina Ragland, 100
Photo courtesy of The Morning Call newspaper.

October 13, 2016; Clarina Ragland was born in North Carolina, United States on June 28, 1885 and died in Pennsylvania, United States on February 18, 1997 at the age of 111 years, 235 days.


Sarah Saggs, 111

Sarah Saggs

December 29, 2015; Sarah Saggs was born in Kansas, United States on October 17, 1885 and died in the same state on February 15, 1997 at the age of 111 years, 121 days.


Minnie Ward, 114

As a young woman:
Minnie Ward

Aged 112:
Minnie Ward, 112

March 5, 2017; Minnie Ward was born in Brownsville, Tennessee, United States on November 19, 1885 and died in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on December 2, 1999 at the age of 114 years, 13 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person ever born in Tennessee and the oldest person ever to live in Massachusetts. These records were broken by Elizabeth Bolden in 2004 and Bernice Madigan in 2013, respectively.

One of 22 children, born as Minnie Bell Smith, she attended Roger Williams College in Nashville and Spellman College in Atlanta during the early 1900s. She then married Cassius Ward in 1911 and raised five children in Boston, Massachusetts. Ward taught English, History and dressmaking for many years. She was widowed in 1937. At the age of 112, she had no health problems other than a bad back, and was described as "moving with grace".


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