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Last Updated on Monday, 18-Jul-2005 19:04:32 MDT

Houston County Woman Observes 96th Birthday
Special to The Chronicle.
Crockett, Feb. 4. -- Looking back over a long and active life and anticipating many more years of activity, Mrs. C. E. Whitley of Grapeland, life-long resident of Houston County, probably the oldest person in the county, this week celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday.
Mrs. Whitley is exceptionally active and proves it by drawing several buckets of water daily from a 50-foot well at her residence, as well as performing other household chores.
She points out that her entire family has been especially long-lived. She has a sister, Mrs. Melissa Herod, residing three miles west of Grapeland, who is 94.
Another sister Mrs. Mary Morris, four miles east of Grapeland, is 92. One brother is 82 and the other 75. A third sister, Miss Kittie Yarborough, also of Grapeland, is 79.
Her father, Joseph Randolph Yarborough, one of the first citizens to settle in the northern part of the county, participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.

From the San Jacinto Monument.

Submitted by Renee Smelley

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