Mrs. G.A. Bassett, formerly of Providence, observed her one 100th birthday Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Beryl Smith, with whom she lives, in Benton, Ill. Relatives and close friends attended.
Her four living children were with her for the occasion. They are: sons, Karr of Spokane, Wash., and Carlos (Bill) of Earlington, who are twins, Lawrence of Henderson, and Mrs. Smith. Mrs. James P. Bassett, whose late husband was a son of the centenarian, was there with her daughter, Mrs. Robert Hussey and two sons of Chicago, Ill., and her son, William Bassett of Washington D.C.
Five generations were represented among those in attendance: Mrs. G.A. Bassett; her daughter, Mrs. Smith; Mrs. Smith's daughter, the former Beryline Smith, and Beryline's child and grandchild.
Among the many remembrances Mrs. Bassett received was a card from President and Mrs. Eisenhower.
Mrs. Bassett, whose husband was a well-known farmer, is the oldest member of Providence First Baptist Church. She remains mentally alert and although she uses a cane as an aid in walking about the house, she declined its assistance when she walked to the table for her 100th birthday dinner and ate as heartily as her younger dinner companions.
Mrs. O.D. Austin of Providence and her sister, Mrs. W.E. Menke of Huntingburg, Ind., who was visiting here, went to Benton for the festivities, as did Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Barnhill, Mrs. Bryan Ford, Mrs. Addie Barker and Miss Emma Lou Barnhill of Providence, with Mr. and Mrs. James Arnold and daughters, Elease and Rebecca, and Nancy Adams, of Madinsonville.
Providence, Webster County, Kentucky
Thursday, September 25, 1958
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