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Hannah Elander, b 1893 Sweden, d 1987

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Hannah Elander, b 1893 Sweden, d 1987

Posted: 10 Jun 2008 10:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Elander
I have found a newspaper clipping in a box of my childhood things. I cannot imagine why I have this clipping, but then again I don't know why I found an old pair of socks with toes of them in that box, either! I am not related to the Elanders in any way, but here's the text of the clipping, in case it helps someone someday:

written around 1972, apple harvest season
probably from Yakima Herald Republic
by Ron Kaye

"Even at 79, she puts in day picking"

Hanna Elander is 79, a great-grandmother three times over and an apple picker.

Each day at 6 a.m. Mrs. Elander rises. She is out in the family-owned orchard by 7 a.m. to begin the day's picking.

I've really never been too good an apple picker," Mrs. Elander says.

But her granddaughter-in-law, Judy Elander, says talk like that is just modesty. "Why, she picks as well as any of us - four or more bins a day."

The elderly, though sprightly, Mrs. Elander also helped thin trees during the summer.

The only problem she faces working in the orchards is a tendency to vertigo up on the ladders. "But I've always had a bit of trouble with vertigo on ladders," she said. "I guess I'll just have to live through it."

Mrs. Elander was born in Sweden in November 1983 and moved to Seattle in 1914. She settled in Yakima in 1931, buying the family ranch at Zier and Stein roads. Her husband died six years ago.

Despite her age, Mrs. Elander is still making big plans. "I've made up my mind I'll be 100 yeras old," she said.

In fact, she said, since she was around for the turn of the century, "it might not be a bad idea if I were here for the year 2000."

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