Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1888,
as of October 25, 2017.

Filomena Aran-Franquet, 111

Filomena Aran-Franquet, 111

December 14, 2012; Filomena Aran-Franquet was born in Spain on May 4, 1888 and passed away on August 9, 1999 at age 111 years, 97 days.

Joseph Athmann, 110

Joseph Athmann, 110

Joseph Athmann was born on March 23, 1888, in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. He originally worked as a farmer before maintaining Highway 4 between 1919 and 1932. He married his first wife in 1913 and had two children with her before she died in 1923. Athmann remarried in 1924. In the early 1930s, he bought 61 acres of land and farmed it until his retirement. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Michael's Men's Society for 80 years, and served as the treasurer for the city of Spring Hill for 31 years. Athmann died in Melrose, Stearns County, Minnesota, United States on September 2, 1998 at the age of 110 years, 163 days.

Minnie Carpenter, 111

On her 110th birthday:
Minnie Carpenter, 110

July 30, 2017; Minnie Carpenter was born in Pennsylvania, United States on January 24, 1888 and died in New York, United States on December 2, 1999 at the age of 111 years, 312 days.

Irene Coffin, 110

Aged 20:
Irene Coffin, 20

Aged 23:
Irene Coffin, 23

Aged 93:
Irene Coffin, 93

Aged 20:
Irene Coffin, 97
Photos courtesy of The San Francisco Call, The Los Angeles Times and Mill Valley Historical Review.

October 25, 2017; Irene Coffin was born in California, United States on November 18, 1888 and died in the same state on February 28, 1999 at the age of 110 years, 102 days.

Delvina Dahlheimer, 113

As a young girl:
Mrs. Delvina Dahlheimer, age 112

Aged 99:
Mrs. Delvina Dahlheimer, 99

Aged 112:
Mrs. Delvina Dahlheimer, age 112
Photos courtesy of Star Tribune, Crow River News and Elk River Star News.

October 23, 2001; Mrs. Mary Delvina (Morisette) Dahlheimer was born in Minnesota, United States on December 31, 1888 and died in the same state on March 13, 2002 at the age of 113 years, 72 days.

She married Phillip Dahlheimer in 1909 and raised seven children. After her children had reached adulthood, Dahlheimer and her husband started to travel regularly, visiting Florida, Montreal and Quebec. At the age of 99, she played bingo and tended to her garden on a regular basis. One month before her death, she was reported to be playing cards a few times a week. Dahlheimer had 34 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, and 65 great-great-grandchildren, many of whom grew up with memories of visiting with her.

Adelina Domingues, 114




The first two photos were sourced from and her Find a Grave page.

August 23, 2002; Mrs. Adelina (Engargiola) Domingues , recently accepted as the oldest living American at 114 years old, has died. We have just learned from her grand-daughter that Mrs. Domingues died on Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 1:30 PM PDT of congestive heart failure at the San Diego nursing home in Spring Valley, CA where she lived. She was born February 19, 1888 in Brava, Cape Verde Islands (off the coast of West Africa). After her marriage, she moved to Massachusetts in 1907.

Adelina attributed her longevity to her daily regimen of eating vegetables and beans and her life-long abstinence from any form of alcohol or tobacco. But she also thought she lived longer because she "never played cards or went to a beauty parlor," something she was very proud of. She was also an expert seamstress.

Information has been provided to us by her daughter-in-law Rosalie Domingues of Santee, CA. For more details, see Tony Perry, "Adelina Domingues, 114; Oldest Person in the U.S.," The Los Angeles Times, p. B20 (August 24, 2002) for her Obituary.

Berna Dupertuis, 112

Berna Dupertuis
Photo courtesy of an Ancestry family tree.

October 9, 2016; Berna Dupertuis was born in South Dakota, United States on September 21, 1888 and died in California, United States on June 6, 2001 at the age of 112 years, 258 days.

Eliza Emerson, 111

Eliza Emerson
Photo courtesy of Nashua Telegraph.

March 1, 2017; Eliza Emerson was born in New Hampshire, United States on July 21, 1888 and died in the same state on October 3, 1999 at the age of 111 years, 74 days.

Hilda Grahn, 110

Aged about 100:
Hilda Grahn, 100
Photo courtesy of Sydsvenskan

Hilda Grahn was born in Malmohus County, Sweden on June 10, 1888 and died in the same county on June 24, 1998 at the age of 110 years, 14 days.

Frances Hale, 111

Frances Hale

July 23, 2017; Frances Hale was born in Minnesota, United States on August 21, 1888 and died on January 29, 2000 at the age of 111 years, 161 days.

Worther Hamilton, 110

Worther Hamilton in her younger years:

Worther Hamilton

June 10, 2015; Worther Hamilton was born in California, United States on September 9, 1888 and died in Illinois, United States on November 12, 1998 at the age of 110 years, 64 days.

Germaine Haye-Germain, 113

September 2, 2001; Mr. Young has now located a photo of the oldest woman in France.
Madam Germaine Haye, age 112 Madam Germaine Hay
Madam Germaine Haye-Germain was born on October 10 , 1888 and is now 113 years old. She was known to be alive on December1, 2001.
April 20, 2002; We have just been informed by French members of the Supercentenarian Committee by way of Mr. Robert Young and Mr. Louis Epstein that Mrs. Germaine Haye passed away on April 18, 2002 at the age of 113. According to Mr. Epstein, "with her death, Mr. Yukichi Chuganji becomes third-oldest documented person in the world; it is quite a rare event for a man to rank that highly. Teresa Fumarola [unless Heiner Maier has completed an older German validation] then becomes the oldest person in Europe."

Jennie Houck, 112

Jennie Houck

Jennie Houck was born in Texas, United States on August 30, 1888 and died in Oklahoma, United States on April 24, 2001 at the age of 112 years, 237 days. She attended her local church until the age of 104 and outlived her husband and four of her five children.

Ella Kelley, 111

Ella Kelley, 109

Ella Kelley was born in New York, United States on March 15, 1888 and died in Florida, United States on October 11, 1999 at the age of 111 years, 210 days. She graduated from Stetson University in 1948 at the age of 60.

Jessie Mae Kettering, 111

Jessie Mae Kettering
Photo courtesy of Cedar Rapids Gazette.

October 12, 2016; Jessie Mae Kettering was born in Sac County, Iowa, United States on January 17, 1888 and died in the same state on May 11, 2000 at the age of 112 years, 115 days. She married Howard Kettering and had three children. Her husband died in 1964. Kettering drove a car until the day before her 100th birthday. She celebrated her 106th birthday with a dance, waltzing to "I Love You Truly". On her 110th birthday, when asked for the secret to her longevity, she said "I think God must have forgotten about me."

Marie-Louise Lambert, 111

Aged 111:
Marie-Louise Lambert, 111

Photo sourced from

May 31, 2016; Marie-Louise Lambert was born in France on April 9, 1888 and died in the same country on December 11, 1999 at the age of 111 years, 246 days.

Giovanna Lizzio-D'Angelo, 110

Giovanna Lizzio-D'Angelo

April 14, 2017; Giovanna Lizzio-D'Angelo was born in Sicily, Italy on November 19, 1888 and died in the same region on February 4, 1999 at the age of 110 years, 77 days. She became the oldest living person in Italy on August 28, 1998, following the death of Antonio Baldo.

Susana Lynn, 111

Susana Lynn, 111

Susana Lynn was born in Texas, United States on December 9, 1888 and died in Kansas, United States on July 1, 2001 at the age of 112 years, 204 days. She gave birth at the age of 12 and became a grandmother at the age of 28. A Baptist who always attended church, Lynn believed her secret to longevity was staying out of the sun and living as close to the Ten Commandments as possible. She was a keen gardener who enjoyed eating home grown vegetables such as turnip, mustard and collards. At the age of 111, Lynn was described by her nursing home as "Very feisty, very strong. If she doesn't want to do something, she's not doing it. She'll hold her wheel chair." In her final years, she could see well with one eye and hear when people spoke up, but said little herself. At the time of her death, Lynn was a great-great grandmother.

John Mauch, 110

John Mauch

John Mauch was born in Germany on December 24, 1888 and came to the United States as a child. One of fifteen children, he went into farming after completing grammar school. He served in the United States Infantry during World War I, and also worked in an army hospital. Following the war, Mauch returned to his family's farm where he grew potatoes, alfalfa, corn, and a variety of other crops. Maunch never married or had children and retired from farming at the age of eighty-three. He then went on to live with a niece for a number of years before moving into a Care Centre at the age of 105.

In his final years, Mauch became quite hard of hearing and had poor vision, but maintained a good appetite and was still able to carry on a conversation almost until the end. On his 110th birthday, the Community Liaison at his care centre said "John is very much at peace in his life. Doctors say he has a very strong heart and his attitude is always positive. He knows it's his birthday, but teases everyone about his age." Maunch outlived all 14 of his siblings and died on March 7, 1999 at the age of 110 years, 73 days.

According to his niece, Frances, "He loved nature and would teach us about the habits of the wild animals and birds that existed in the area. I also remember how he loved to play pinochle in the evenings. He was always so kind and gentle. He was such a considerate and thoughtful man and always so polite. You don't see people like him anymore." Another niece, Mary Bovee, echoed her sister's comments and said "John was such a good-natured man with a great sense of humor. When we were young children, he would entertain us by making shadow pictures on the walls and then he would whittle wood into various things, making us guess what he was creating."

Zelda McCague, 113

October 29, 2001; Mr. Robert Young has sent us three scanned copies of a magazine photo of
Mrs. Zelda McCague, age 113 Mrs. Zelda McCague, age 113 Mrs. Zelda McCague, age 113
Mrs. Zelda Viola (Strongman) McCague of CANADA who was born on March 31, 1888 and died on August 6, 2001 at age 113 years 131 days.

Beatrice Mears, 113

July 20, 2002; Mr. Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us (by way of Dr. John McCormack of Australia) a Black-and-White photo of
Mrs. Beatrice Mears
Mrs. Beatrice Flora (McPherson) Mears, the second oldest Australian woman (behind Christina Cock, who meanwhile has also died). She was born on March 4, 1888 and died on December 3, 2001 at 113 years, 274 days.

Ella Miller, 111

Ella Miller

On November 22, 2000, Mrs. Ella Miller of Virginia Died at [Presumed] Age 119 (See below for Correction)

Mr. Louis Epstein reports that, if her age can be authenticated, she would supersede Mrs. Sarah Knauss as the recordholder for the USA [by less than one year]. However, Mr. Robert Young has reason to believe that her claim is exaggerated, and that, based on certain calculations, she is really only 109 years old. Click for what we know about Ella Miller.

May 20, 2002; Robert Young now reports that Mrs. Ella Miller, the woman who was said to be 119 (almost 120) when she died (Recall that I said Social Security listed her as 115. and I said she could have been as young as 109.) Well, now we have the answer: according to the Kestenbaum Study -- She was born December 6, 1888 and died November 21, 2000. The Kestenbaum Study listed her as a member of Group-1 or validated cases, which means the birth date was confirmed. This case is a perfect example, because it demonstrates that both sides have a point to make: Skeptics will point out that Ella was not really 119, but was 8 years younger than claimed. Supporters will say that just because a case is exaggerated doesn't mean that the individual wasn't a real Supercentenarian. In this case, it looks like both sides were right, as she would have been 111 years, 351 days old at her death.

Lillie Neff, 112

Lillie Neff

Lillie Neff
Photos courtesy of an Ancestry family tree.

October 11, 2016; Lillie Neff was born in Pennsylvania, United States on May 9, 1888 and died in the same state on February 27, 2001 at the age of 112 years, 294 days.

John Painter, 112

July 27, 2002; Mr. Bart Versieck of Belgium has just sent us this photo of
Mr. John George Painer
Mr. John George Painter of the state of Tennessee. He claimed to have been born September 20, 1888 and to be the oldest American veteran at his death March 1, 2001 at the alleged age of 112. Subsequent investigation, however, found that he was listed in the January 1, 1920 census as 28 years old, which suggests a birth date of September 20, 1891. If this is correct, he would have been only 109 years old when he died March 1, 2001 and not America's oldest veteran. That would have been Mr. Will Charles Smith, who also claimed to be 112 but was listed by Social Security as 110 years old [born January 1, 1891; died April 19, 2002]. The oldest living veteran is now believed to be Mr. Robert Hodges of Stonewall, NC, who was born June 18, 1891. Click for more details.

Robert Young reports that Mr. John Painter may have been 112 years old after all. The June 1900 Census listed him as born in September 1888, while the 1910 Census said he was 19, and the 1920 Census said he was 28 years old. This suggests that he was really 112, but had reason to lie about his age earlier in his life (we may speculate that he was embarrassed by having to admit that he was still living at home at the age of 21 in 1910, and possibly also by not being married at the age of 31 in 1920).

Winnifred Rooker, 110

Winnifred Rooker, 110

Winnifred Rooker was born in Wisconsin, United States on January 28, 1888 and died in the same state on February 18, 1998 at the age of 110 years, 21 days.

Sadayoshi Tanabe, 111

Sadayoshi Tanabe

January 20, 2017; Sadayoshi Tanabe was born in Tari, Nichinan, Tottori, Japan on October 20, 1888 and died on January 18, 2000 at the age of 111 years, 90 days. On April 29, 1999 he became the oldest living man in Japan, following the death of Denzo Ishizaki. One of the few supercentenarians to gain fame for reasons other than his longevity, Tanabe was a noted academic and bibliographer who helped to establish the Center for Japanese Studies, founded in Okayama Prefecture in 1950. After a long career in municipal government, Tanabe recorded an extensive oral history with interviewer Suruki Akagi in 1971. Tanabe related his experiences in the local governance of Japan, which spanned much of the Showa period (1926 - 1989).

Fannie Tate, 110

Aged 109:
Fannie Tate, 109

January 20, 2017; Fannie Tate was born in Wythe County, Virginia, United States on September 12, 1888 and died in Montana, United States on August 26, 1999 at the age of 110 years, 348 days.

Antonio Urrea-Hernandez, 111

Aged 107, with his wife:
Antonio Urrea-Hernandez, 107

Antonio Urrea-Hernandez was born in Mazarron, Murcia, Spain on February 18, 1888 and died in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on November 15, 1999 at the age of 111 years, 270 days. On September 9, 1997, he became the oldest living person in Spain, following the death of Gregorio Merino-Calvo. On August 28, 1998, he became the oldest living man in Europe, following the death of Antonio Baldo. On April 29, 1999, he became the oldest verified living man in the world, following the death of Denzo Ishisaki. He remains the oldest man ever born in Murcia.

In 1910, Urrea-Hernandez attended military service in Barcelona. After meeting Isabel Tossas-Bordanova, he decided to remain there permanently. Their marriage of 81 years from 1914 until her death in 1995 (at age 101) is the longest ever recorded in Spain.

Catharina Ververs, 110

September 10, 2002; Mr Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us (by way of Mr. Robert Young of Atlanta, Georgia) this picture of
Mrs. Catharina
Mrs. Catharina Ververs who was born in Belgium on October 27, 1888 and died January 24, 1999 at age 110 years 51 days.

Molly Yeomans, 112

Molly Yeomans

Molly Yeomans was born in New South Wales, Australia on July 1, 1888 and died in the same state on May 30, 2001 at the age of 112 years, 333 days.

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