Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1891,
as of May 15, 2016.
Julie Winnefred Bertrand, 115
January 18, 2007; We have just been informed by our Canadian representative, Mon. Bertrand Desjardins that his country's oldest person and "the oldest woman in the world" Julie Winnefred Bertrand passed away today at age 115 years, 124 days.
Julie Winnefred Bertrand, the world's oldest woman at 115, has died at a Montreal nursing home, according to Canadian media reports. Bertrand, born September 16, 1891, in the Quebec town of Coaticook not far from the Vermont border, "died in her sleep early Thursday at the nursing home where she had lived for the last 35 years," her Nephew told The Gazette in Montreal. "She just stopped breathing," said Andre Bertrand, 73. "That's a nice way to go."
Bertrand became the world's oldest woman last month, after the death at 116 of Elizabeth Bolden, a Tennessee woman born August 15, 1890, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The designation made her an instant celebrity. Bertrand's Niece, Elaine Sauciere, said the fame her Aunt achieved late in life was "unbelievable." "This little woman sold clothes at a department store in Coaticook," said Sauciere, 70.
Emma Tillman of Hartford, CT, who turned 114 on November 22nd, is now the oldest living woman in the world, said Dr. Stephen Coles of The Gerontology Research Group. The UCLA-based organization tracks "Supercentenarians," or people over 110 years old.
A British film crew had just requested an interview with Bertrand for a documentary on people who live long. The work also features Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico, the world's oldest person, who was born 26 days before Bertrand.
Andre Bertrand said his Aunt never had a problem saying "No" and did so to dozens of journalists, filmmakers, and medical researchers intent on discovering her secret to long life. "She was tough, feisty, and self-sufficient," Bertrand said. Known as "Winnie," she was the eldest of six children born to a harness maker, Napoleon Bertrand, and his Irish wife, Julia Mullins. "Bertrand never married but had her suitors," Sauciere said, "adding that it was difficult to say how close she may have been to Louis St. Laurent, a young lawyer who went on to become Prime Minister of Canada in the 1940's. "She was friends with his Sister, and I think she was sweet on him. But how serious it was, I don't know," Sauciere told The Gazette.
1. Mario Goupil, "The Dean of Humanity Is No More: Winnifred Berftrand, born in Coaticook, Died Peacefully in Her Sleep at Age 115," La Tribune, News Section, p. 3 (Sherbrooke, Canada; January 19, 2007; in French by FAX from Gerard Cuggia and Rachel Babin).
2. AP and LA Times staff, "Julie Bertrand, 115; Canadian Was World's Oldest Woman for a Month," The Los Angeles Times, p. B9 (January 20, 2007).
Yvonne Bory, 112
May 25, 2015; Yvonne Bory was born in France on March 14, 1891 and passed away in Centre, France on August 7, 2003 at the age of 112 years, 146 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in Centre.
Jan Pieter Bos, 111
July 14, 2002; Mr. Bart Versieck has just provided us with photos of
Mr. Jan Pieter Bos of the Netherlands, born on July 12, 1891 and died on December 15, 2002 in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde, at 111 years 156 days.
Elizabeth Brown, 111
May 25, 2015; Elizabeth Brown was born in Georgia, United States on October 11, 1891 and passed away in the same state on January 3, 2003 at the age of 111 years, 84 days.
Flossie Bundy, 110
Aged about 99:
On her 109th birthday:
Both photos were sourced from the Anderson Herald Bulletin.
December 13, 2015; Flossie Bundy was born in Ohio, United States on January 7, 1891 and died in Indiana, United States on January 12, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 5 days.
Catarina Carreiro, 113
February 14, 2004; Messrs. Robert Young and Felipe Lucas Pristas have just sent us this
Mrs. Catarina Carreiro-Pascoal of PORTUGAL, born January 9, 1891 and who died yesterday morning at age 113 years, 35 days.
Donata DiBiase-Breggia, 110
May 25, 2015; Donata DiBiase-Breggia was born in Abruzzo, Italy on December 29, 1891 and passed away in Maine, United States on January 28, 2002 at the age of 110 years, 30 days.
Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi, 114
Mrs. Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi was born in Lavagna, Liguria, Italy on December 24, 1891 and died in the same town on December 28, 2005 at the age of 114 years, 4 days. At the time of her death, Dighero was the oldest living person in Europe, the 7th oldest living person in the world, and the oldest verified person ever from Italy. She held this title for more than than five years, until being surpassed by Venere Pizzinato in 2010. She remains one of only three Italian supercentenarians, born and living their entire life in Italy, to reach the age of 114.
Emiliano Mercado del Toro, 115
April 2, 2004; Mr. Robert Young of Atlanta, Georgia requests help in authenticating the
following gentlemen from Puerto Rico...
Mr. Emiliano Mercado del Toro, 112 years old and a veteran of World War I.
Click for more details from a December 19, 2003 story in the New York Times.
Mr. del Toro's family E-mailed us last week, and he is clearly no longer in good health.
When we posted the Ramona Trinidad story, this resulted in three Census-match finds, while the William Coates of Maryland "false-case" story resulted in one Census-match find.
March 3, 2005; We received the following photo from Lt. Col. Robert W. Johnson, USAF (Ret.)
Adjutant, Department of California Veterans of World War I of the USA
Emiliano Mercado and his Great Niece Dolores taken on January 28, 2005 at a reception immediately following the Guinness Certificate presentation to him in at the town plaza in Isabela, Puerto Rico.
Mercado, certified as the oldest living person in the world by The Guinness Book of World Records. ( AP File Photo, January 20, 2005 by Javier Gonzalez).
January 24, 2007; We are sad to report that Sr. Emiliano del Toro born August 21, 1891 in Puerto Rico and oldest living World War I Veteran, passed away peacefully at his home in Isabel, Puerto Rico early this morning at age 115 years, 156 days.
Hanna Eriksson, 110
August 5, 2002; Mr. Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us (by way of Mr. Robert Young of
Atlanta, GA) this photo of
Mrs. Hanna Eriksson, who was born on February 26, 1891 and died on June 26, 2001. Mr. Young reports that she set a record by being the oldest Swedish person who never held the rank of "Number 1." Mrs. Elsa Moberg (who died on November 20, 2001,at age 112 years, 143 days) was almost two years older at the time.
Anna Farmer, 110
(Ruth) Anna Farmer was born in Wisconsin, United States on September 30, 1891 and died in the same state on November 8, 2001 at age 110 years, 39 days.
Catterina Ghigliazza, 110
Catterina Ghigliazza was born in Quiliano, Liguria, Italy on November 28, 1891 and died in Vado Ligure, Liguria, Italy on January 6, 2002 at the age of 110 years, 39 days.
Christine Hall, 111
July 9, 2003; Her family has sent us this photo of
Mrs. Christine Hall of Champaign, IL, born December 3, 1891. This photo was taken on the occasion of her 110th birthday, December 3, 2001. She is now 111 years old.
October 20, 2003; We are sad to report that, according to her grandson, Robert, Mrs. Christine Hall passed away this evening at age 111 years, 321 days.
Gladys Hawley, 112
May 18, 2004; We have just received this photo of
Mrs. Gladys Hawley of England, who was born on December 18, 1891 and died April 28, 2004 at age 112 years, 132 days. Friends have paid tribute to the UK's oldest woman who has died at her Chesterfield home. She was buried at Boythorpe Cemetery in her husband Alfred's grave on Tuesday after passing away in her sleep at Brookholme Residential Home in Somersall Lane. Mrs Hawley earned her place in history after the Derbyshire Times revealed her remarkable lifespan to Guinness World Records, who officially declared her England's longest living lady last July.
Catherine Kral, 110
September 14, 2002; Mr. Robert Young of Atlanta (by way of E. A. Kral) has sent us this photo of Catherine Kral:
Another photo provided by Marco Wikkerink:
Mrs. Catherine Kral, born on November 15, 1891 and died on August 19, 2002. At her death, she was the oldest person in Nebraska, and her age was validated.
Bertha Lindemann, 111
May 25, 2015; Bertha Lindemann was born in Brunswick, Germany on March 11, 1891 and passed away in Lower Saxony, Germany on May 29, 2002 at the age of 111 years, 79 days.
Jack Lockett, 111
May 25, 2002; We have just learned from John McCormack of Australia that John Henry "Jack" Lockett born January 22, 1891 (the oldest Australian man at the time) died today at the age of 111 years, 123 days. This picture was taken in March of 2001.
Kama Nakasone, 111
November 29, 2001; Robert Young has just provided us with a photo of the oldest living man on the island of Okinawa (and the fourth-oldest man in JAPAN). Kama Nakasone, now aged 110, was born on November 23, 1891. Robert Young reports, "What's more remarkable is that he appears full of life, not waiting to die." We have now learned that Kama Nakasone died on January 1, 2003 at 111 years 39 days.
Magdalene Regener, 111
An article on Magdalene Regener, born March 5, 1891, said that she is was the second-oldest German, behind a "112-year-old from Munster" (i.e., Hasenkampf above).
March 25, 2003; We have just learned that she died on November 19, 2002 at the age of 111 years, 259 days.
Sister Anne Samson, 113
February 12, 2004; Bernard Desjardins and Robert Young have just sent us this photo of Sister Anne Samson.
Another photo, sourced from River Burgeois newsletter.
Sister Anne Samson, age 112 years, 350 days, was born on February 27, 1891 in Nova Scotia. She is currently the oldest living nun on record. She is also likely to be Canada's currently oldest person.
Sister Samson passed away on November 29, 2004 at the age of 113 years, 276 days. Click on "Nun Believed to be Canada's Oldest Person Dies Peacefully in a New Brunswick Convent" for more details.
Katherine Sloan, 110
On the right, with her daughter on the left:
Photo sourced from Hays Daily News.
December 13, 2015; Katherine Sloan was born in Kansas, United States on May 5, 1891 and died in the same state on October 21, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 169 days.
Ann Smith, 111
May 25, 2015; Ann Smith was born in Pennsylvania, United States on March 2, 1891 and passed away in Massachusetts, United States on October 29, 2002 at the age of 111 years, 241 days.
Margaret Stamper, 111
May 25, 2015; Margaret Stamper was born in Northumberland, England, United Kingdom on April 5, 1891 and passed away in Penrith, Scotland, United Kingdom on July 31, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 117 days.
Kumekichi Tani, 112
May 15, 2016; Kumekichi Tani was born in Japan on April 20, 1891 and died in Tokushima, Japan on May 12, 2003 at the age of 112 years, 22 days. At the time of his death, Tani was the second oldest man in Japan and the oldest person ever from Tokushima. His Tokushima longevity record was broken by Koito Furukawa in 2013 but he remains the oldest man ever from Tokushima.
Emma Taylor, 111
December 14, 2002; Robert Young of Atlanta, Georgia has just sent us this photo of
Emma Louise Taylor, who was born on September 15, 1891 in Park City, Montana and now lives in Bakersfield, CA. Incidentally, she happens to be one day older than Quebec's Julie Winnefred Bertrand.
June 24, 2003; Emma Louise Taylor died today at age 111 years, 282 days.
Grace Thaxton, 114
July 23, 2003; Robert Young has just sent us these photos of
Grace Thaxton born in New York on June 18, 1891 and who now lives in Winchester, Kentucky at age 112. The second photo of her includes her 87-year-old son, Robert Thaxton.
December 2, 2004; Robert Young sent us this new picture of
Grace Thaxton, whose Mother, we have just learned, lived to be 109.
June 18, 2005;
Robert Young ( R) sent us this newest photo of himself with
Grace Thaxton at the time of her 114th birthday party.
July 7, 2005; We were saddened to learned from Ben and Harriet Giles that we lost Grace Thaxton last night (July 6th) at about 8:30 PM EDT. She died quietly, apparently from complications of pneumonia, at age 114 years, 18 days. Click for her Obituary, which appeared on Saturday, July 9th in The Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Leopold Vietoris, 110
March 8, 2008; Few Supercentenarians are known for anything other than their exceptional
longevity. The case of Austrian Mathematician
Dr. Leopold Vietoris, Ph.D. born June 4, 1891 and died on April 9, 2002 at 110 years, 309 days, however, is an exception. His accomplishments can be found in Heinrich Reitberger, "Obituary: Leopold Vietoris [1891 - 2002]" Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Vol. 49, No. 10, pp. 1232-6 (November 2002).
March 16, 2010; Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University John
McCarthy sent us this reference...
Click on his photo above for five links to Prof. Vietoris's original contributions to mathematics.
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