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Former Akron resident celebrates 100th birthday

Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

On Thursday, July 24, a former Akron, S.D., resident will mark her 100th birthday.

“I didn’t think I’d live to be 100,” Elvera Wilken told The Akron Hometowner last Friday at Morningside Manor in Alcester, S.D.

She credits a life of hard work farming along side her husband, George, and the good exercise of dancing with her late husband.

“Time passes,” said Elvera. “I feel old.”

But ask her to describe that feeling and she just shrugs her shoulders and smiles.

“You get too quick old and

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    Celebrates 100 years

    Elvera Wilken will celebrate her 100th birthday July 24. A card shower is being held in her honor.

    Send your birthday greetings to: Elvera Wilken, 101 Church St., Morningside Manor, Alcester, SD 57001.

    Elvera was born July 24, 1914, in the Akron area.

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