Bernice Madigan, Massachusetts newest Super Centenarian
This post is certainly off topic, but it seems when Massachusetts oldest living person at 110 years old invites you to her birthday party, all should make note of it. Bernice Madigan was born July 24th, 1899 and spent her early youth in Cheshire. After graduating from Adams High School, she passed her civil service exam and moved to Washington. She lived there for nearly 90 years working before she retired at the Veteran’s Administration and then the Treasury. “Aunt Bennie” as she is known by the locals here remembers every inauguration from Warren G. Harding. For those of you weak in history that list would also include Calvin Coolage, Herbert Clark Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Milhous Nixon, Gerald Rudolph Ford, James Earl Carter, Jr, Ronald Wilson Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George Walker Bush and Barack Hussein Obama. Aunt Bennie is sharp as can be, fun to talk with and spry for any age.
The pictures below show her riding on the Hoosac Hose Company’s (Cheshire Fire Department) 1935 Diamond T Pumper truck. Aunt Bennie climbed right up onto that truck and rode around the barn at Rolling Acres Farm where she now makes her home. The beautiful farm is owned by the Daniels family. Elaine Daniels is Aunt Bennies’ niece. In the last picture Aunt Bennie meets and prepares to steal a kiss from what may well be the tallest fireman in Massachusetts…….