In 1895

Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1895, as of December 20, 2019.

Rose Bell, 110

February 7, 2006; We have just received this photo of
Rose Bell, 110
Mrs. Rose Bell born August 22, 1895 in Iowa.

March 12, 2006; Rose Bell died yesterday on March 11, 2006 at age 110 years, 201 days.

Pearl Blain, 110

Aged 109:
Lillian Benson, 109
Photos sourced from

April 10, 2017; Pearl Blain was born in Utah, United States on October 13, 1895 and died in the same state on February 25, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 135 days.

Emmeline Brice, 111

Emmeline Brice

“UK’s Oldest Woman Dies at Age 111”

August 2, 2006; London, UK; Britain’s oldest woman, who lived in a nursing home in Bedfordshire, has died at age 111. Emmeline Brice, who lived at the Elm Lodge Nursing home in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, died on July 26, 2006. She became the country’s oldest person on March 1st this year when 112-year-old Judy Ingamells died. She had lived in London, where she had worked as a cleaner at The House of Commons. The manager of the nursing home, Lyn Searle, paid tribute to her. “Emmeline was a legend. She was very much loved and is now very missed,” she said on Wednesday.



Eleanor Bronson, 111

Eleanor Bronson
Photo provided by Nick Eriksson.

December 20, 2019; Eleanor Bronson was born in Illinois, United States on August 16, 1895 and died in the same state on November 6, 2006 at the age of 111 years, 82 days.

Rosa Broz, 110

February 19, 2005; Herr Thomas Breining our GRG correspondent from Germany has just sent us this photo of Austrian woman
Rosa Broz
Mrs. Rosa Broz on the occasion of her 110th birthday. She was born on January 18, 1895 in Döbling, AUSTRIA. She worked as a teacher until she retired. She never married and so never had any children. For the past 30 years, she has resided in Hainfeld in the Austrian state of Niederösterreich, where she still lives in her own apartment. Her meals are provided by a local senior-citizen care-service; she spends her time enjoying her longtime hobbies: reading and knitting. She is considered to be the oldest living person in AUSTRIA and is only the third Supercentenarian ever to be validated from this relatively small European country.

August 22, 2005; We have learned that Rosa Broz died on June 4th, aged 110 years, 137 days.

Rosaria Caleca, 112

February 4, 2007; Victor DiPaola, her Son, sent Louis Epstein of New York this photo…
Rosaria Caleca, 112 Passport Photo in 1929 Photo in 1960

Rosaria Caleca, a former resident of Mattituck, NY, celebrates her 112th birthday at the Parker Jewish Institute Home today. Her Daughter Marie Tursi (77) is helping to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, while another Daughter, Toni Tuffy (79), looks on. Rosaria also has a living Sister, age 103.

May 8, 2007; We are sad to report that Mrs. Rosaria Caleca passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2007, at age 112 years and 90 days. See Newsday for details.

Carolina Capello-Scavino, 110

Carolina Capello-Scavino

May 13, 2015; Carolina Capello-Scavino was born in Cossano Belbo, Piedmont, Italy on June 12, 1895 and died in Santo Stefano Belbo, Piedmont, Italy on September 16, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 96 days.

Constance Cariou, 112

Constance Cariou

Constance Cariou was born in Pays de la Loire, France on May 8, 1895 and died in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur on August 29, 2007 at the age of 112 years, 113 days

Damasa Carrascosa-Vicente, 110

Damasa Carrascosa-Vicente, 110
November 9, 2011; Sra. Damasa Carrascosa-Vicente was born in Spain on December 11, 1895 and died on August 9, 2006 at age 110 years, 241 days.

Emma Carroll, 112

Emma Carroll
Emma Carroll at 111

Emma Carroll, 111, chats with visitors in her favorite chair at Vista Woods Care Center Thursday. Though she does less cooking these days, Iowa’s oldest woman said she occasionally helps in the kitchen to make a pie or homemade bread. Courier photo by Mark Newman.

“Emma Carroll Still Staying Sharp, Active at 111: Iowa’s Oldest Woman Going Strong”

Mark Newman and Matt Milner, Courier, Staff Writers

January 26, 2007; Ottumwa, IA; — You might think after 111 years, you could stop doing chores. Emma Carroll thinks differently. “I think work doesn’t hurt anybody,” she said Thursday. Twice a week, she folds towels for Vista Woods Care Center, where she has been a resident since she was 105. “I like to work and work with my hands. It keeps [them] so I can use them, keeps them limber,” she said, flexing her fingers. Carroll also exercises her mind. “I study the Bible. I like that kind of thing,” she said about her weekly study group. And because her sight is going but her love of Bingo isn’t, she has had to memorize her Bingo card.

That was Vista Woods Activity Director Julie Meldrum’s idea. “She’s an awesome lady,” said Meldrum, who said Carroll is lucid and fun to talk to. She said Carroll has also become a bit of a celebrity. Her Grandson runs an Emma Carroll website, and she’s even received out-of-state requests for autographs. “It’s happened two times. She got a kick out of that,” said Meldrum. That must be the fame that comes with being the oldest person in Iowa, and, according to the Gerontology Research Group‘s website, the 30th oldest “validated” human being on Earth.

Even so, Meldrum said Carroll still likes to go on group trips from the nursing home. Some of her trips are serene, like going to the Salvation Army for lunch. “I like that, they’re friendly,” Carroll said.

July 14, 2009; Emma Carroll died on July 10, 2007 at age 112.

Kama Chinen, 114

Kama Chinen at age 105
September 20, 2008; Mrs. Kama Chinen of Okinawa was born on May 10, 1895.

Kama Chinen, 110
September 29, 2009; This photo of Mrs. Kama Chinen was taken in 2005, when she just turned 110.

Kama Chinen, 110 Kama Chinen, 110
December 12, 2009; Kama Chinen is now the oldest person in the world at age 114.

May 2, 2010; We are sad to report that Kama Chinen passed away this afternoon in Okinawa. at age 114 years, 357 days, one week short of her 115th birthday. Click for confirmation from Japan. This Japan Today story illustrates how difficult it is to obtain information from this country on the grounds of jealously maintaining the privacy of the family despite the fact that she outlived her nearest relatives and regardless of the fact that this information was released by the government into the public domain in the year 2005 (once the toothpaste is out of the tube it’s difficult to put it back). Moreover, this illustrates the futility of attempting to maintain the confidentiality for once publicly available data even in their home country, as the Yomiuri newspaper (the largest in Japan) mentions her death by name in Japanese, quoting the GRG as the source (Sigh!). In any event, they did state that “Chiyono Hasegawa, 113, in Saga Prefecture, has become the new oldest living person in Japan.” She is presently listed on Table E as the sixth oldest living person in the world. Finally, it has not escaped our attention that Mr. Walter Breuning, of Great Falls, Montana and the world’s oldest living man, has moved up to fifth oldest person in the world. We have not had a man as the oldest person in the world for quite some time. Good luck Mr. Breuning.

Anne Langston Christopher, 112

“Georgia’s Oldest Resident, Dies at Age 112”

October 10, 2007; Anne Langston Christopher, who lived in Rome, GA and was listed as Georgia’s oldest documented resident, died today.

Anne Christopher, 112
Anne Christopher celebrates her 112th birthday earlier this year.

Christopher, who was 112 at the time of her death, moved to Rome from South Carolina in 2002 and lived at both Winthrop Senior Living Home and Fifth Avenue Health Care.

Florence Cox, 110

Florence Cox

May 13, 2015; Florence Cox was born in Darlington, Durham, England, United Kingdom on October 24, 1895 and died in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom on July 7, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 256 days.

Iva Crouse, 111

Iva Crouse

May 13, 2015; Iva Crouse was born in Iowa, United States on March 8, 1895 and died in the same state on March 8, 2006 at the age of 111 years, 0 days.

Isacia Diez-Mariscal, 110

Isacia Diez-Mariscal

May 13, 2015; Isacia Diez-Mariscal was born in Castile and Leon, Spain on April 21, 1895 and died in the same autonomy on June 2, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 42 days.

Alexandrina van Donkelaar-Vink, 111

Alexandrina van Donkelaar-Vink

May 13, 2015; Alexandrina van Donkelaar-Vink was born in South Holland, Netherlands on January 31, 1895 and died in Utrecht, Netherlands on May 19, 2006 at the age of 111 years, 108 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in the Netherlands.

Olive Dubay, 110

Olive Dubay, 110

September 1, 2005; Mrs. Olive Dubay, 110, becomes a Supercentenarian at Bay Bluffs, MI. Mrs. Olive Dubay (bottom center) celebrates her 110th birthday with family Tuesday at Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs, MI. Pictured in first row are Great-Great-Grandchildren Rose and Nick Wolff of Milford. In second row (from the left) are Great-Granddaughter Pam Wolff of Milford; Granddaughter Diane Wamsley of Sun City West, AZ; Niece Loretta Pepin of Center Line and Nephew Ed Veltman of Harrison Township. Behind Loretta is Ed’s Son, Dubay’s Great-nephew, Kevin Veltman, of Warren, MI. Click on Petoskey News Review by Fred Grey, Staff Writer, for more details.

August 11, 2006; Supercentenarian Mrs. Olive Dubay is shown in the photo above taken in mid-July at Bay Bluffs, Emmet County’s medical-care facility, where she resided for six years before her death on Monday at the age of 110. Click on this photo for her Obituary.

Beatrice Farve, 113

Beatrice Farve, 112

Beatrice Farve of Brunswick, GA, age 112, was born on April 30, 1895.

January 20, 2009, Brunswick, GA…

Beatrice Farve died on January 19, 2009 at age 113 years, 264 days. She was the second oldest person in the world at the time of her death. Click on her photo for more details from USA Today.


The Wall Street Journal, p. A1 (January 20, 2009).

Ruth Ferguson, 110

As a young woman:
Ruth Ferguson, as a young woman

As an older woman, in the middle.
Ruth Ferguson, as a young woman
Photos sourced from

March 2, 2017; Ruth Ferguson was born in Texas, United States on May 5, 1895 and died in Oklahoma, United States on April 20, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 350 days.

Manuela Fernandez-Fojaco, 113

January 7, 20009; We are sad to report that Sra. Manuela Fernandez-Fojaco, who was born in Spain on June 18, 1895 passed away on January 6, 2009 at age 113 years, 202 days. Click on the photo for more details in Spanish.

Rosa Gai, 110

Rosa Gai
This photo was sourced from

Rosa Gai was born in Piedmont, Italy on June 19, 1895 and died in Lombardy, Italy on May 11, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 326 days.

Giulia Gemignani, 110

Aged 109:
Giulia Gemignani, 109

July 24, 2017; Giulia Gemignani was born in Pistoia, Toscana on March 25, 1895 and died in Jackson, New Jersey, United States on October 21, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 210 days.

Fannie Adler Greenberg, 112

June 6, 2005; Ms. Clair Rivers of Great Neck, New York has just sent us this photo of her Mother,
Mrs. Fannie Greenberg, 110, May 24, 2005 Mrs. Fannie Greenberg, 110
Mrs. Fannie Adler Greenberg who was born on May 24, 1895 in Ontario, CANADA. This photo was taken at the time of her birthday at the Regency in Glen Cove on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. The second photo is by Kathy Kmonicek.of Newsday.

October 5, 2007; We are sad to report that Mrs. Greenberg passed away today at age 112 years, 134 days. Click for the details in Newsday.

Anna Hagman, 110

Anna Hagman
Photo sourced from

Anna Hagman was born in Aland Islands, Finland on December 27, 1895 and died in the same place on April 18, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 112 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Finland.

Tama Higuchi, 110

Taken in September 2006, shortly before her 111th birthday.
Tama Higuchi, 111

April 9, 2018; Tama Higuchi born Japan on October 15, 1895 and went into limbo in Aichi, Japan on September 1, 2006 at the age of 110.

Elisa de Iglesia-Alonso, 110

Elisa de Iglesia-Alonso at age 108
Elisa de Iglesia-Alonso, 108

Elisa de la Iglesia, 110
June 19, 2011;

January 4, 2014; Elisa de Iglesia-Alonso was born in Spain, originally claiming a June 1894 birth, but GRG-Spain Correspondents were able to locate her birth certificate showing her actual birth date of June 28, 1895. She lived to 110 years 273 days, passing away on March 28, 2006.

Koyumi Inoue, 110

Aged 109:
Koyumi Inoue, 109

Aged 110:
Koyumi Inoue, 110
Photos sourced from

January 7, 2018; Koyumi Inoue was born in Japan on July 18, 1895 and died in Gifu, Japan on July 12, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 359 days.

Annie Knight, 111

Annie Knight

May 13, 2015; Annie Knight was born in Scotland, United Kingdom on June 6, 1895 and died in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom on November 27, 2006 at the age of 111 years, 174 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in the United Kingdom.

Natsu Kumagawa, 110

Natsu Kumagawa

May 13, 2015; Natsu Kumagawa was born in Japan on August 9, 1895 and died in Saga, Japan on September 30, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 52 days.

Marie-Louise L’Huillier, 112

Marie-Louise L'Huillier

May 13, 2015; Marie-Louise L’Huillier was born in New Caledonia (an overseas department of France) on June 26, 1895 and died in the same department on December 28, 2007 at the age of 112 years, 185 days. She is the only verified supercentenarian ever from New Caledonia.

Perfecta Luera, 110

Undated photos:
Perfecta Luera

Perfecta Luera

Aged 108:
Perfecta Luera, 108
Perfecta Luera, 108
Photos sourced from the Roswell Daily Record, The Atlanta Constitution and an Ancestry tree.

Perfecta Luera was born in Texas, United States on June 16, 1895 and died in New Mexico, United States on July 23, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 37 days.

Ada Mason, 111

February 13, 2007; From the BBC News Service…
Mrs. Ada Mason, 111

“‘Oldest’ Woman Dies at Age of 111” Mrs. Ada Mason from West Yorkshire, and who was believed to be the oldest person in England, has died at the age of 111 years, 142 days. Tributes were paid to Ada Mason, from Upton, who died in her sleep today. Mrs. Mason outlived all of her five children and her husband, to whom she was married from [1914 – 1962]. She put her long life down to eating bread and drippings “with lots of salt” each day.

Jessie McArthur, 110

On her 110th birthday:
Jessie McArthur, 110

Jessie McArthur, 110
Photos sourced from and the Atlanta Constitution.

April 10, 2017; Jessie McArthur was born in Michigan, United States on August 9, 1895 and died in Georgia, United States on December 14, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 127 days.

Mabel Monroe, 110

June 13, 2006;
Mabel Monroe
Mrs. Mabel Monroe born in Oveida, FL on October 30, 1895 passed away on June 13, 2006 in Tampa, FL at age 110 years, 226 days. Her daughter, Frances, was 90 years old, and Mabel lived with Frances, a rather unique ‘caretaker’ situation.

Maybelle Montgomery, 110

July 17, 2006; The latest issue of Teachers College’s alumni magazine is on its way to more than 70,000 readers, and my story on Maybelle has the center spread, including a double-truck image. For those who don’t remember, I went down to Houston a few months ago to interview this remarkable woman. All photos from this assignment are here

Maybelle Stansfield Montgomery,

Most Teachers College alumni remember their first day at TC. The excitement of learning from some of the top names in education, the confusion of finding your way through labyrinthine hallways, the admonition from the Students’ Executive Council that “students are to wear hats when they go to Columbia, or to the parks.”

OK, the last item may only apply to Maybelle Stansfield Montgomery, likely Teachers College’s oldest living graduate. Maybelle is 110, and received a Master’s degree from TC in 1921.

To put that in perspective: When Maybelle was born in 1895 in a farmhouse in Southern Texas, Grover Cleveland was President. She was in college when America entered World War I. By the end of World War II, she had already retired. You never tell someone “they don’t look a day over 110.” But whatever 110 should look like, Maybelle far outshines it. She has a wheelchair to help her move about, but she thinks quickly and has a self-deprecating sense of humor. She still lives in the same home she built with her husband in 1927.

Maybelle Montgomery died on September 22, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 292 days.

Neva Morris, 114

October 25, 2009; Ms. Neva Morris, 114, was born in Iowa on August 3, 1895. In the photo, she talks to her Son-in-Law, Mr. Tom Wickersham at Northcrest Community Health Center in Ames, IA. Click on her photo for more details from The Ames Tribune.

March 10, 2010; We received this photo and clip from Peter Vermaelen

Click on the photo for the video clip.

April 6, 2010; We are sad to report that Mrs. Morris passed away today at ~4:00 AM CDT in Ames, IA, at age 114 years, 246 days. Click on the photo above for more details from Associated Press.

Christina Morrison, 110

Christina Morrison
Photo sourced from BBC News.

Christina Morrison was born in Scotland, United Kingdom on October 22, 1895 and died in Isle of Scalpay, United Kingdom on July 25, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 276 days.

Maria Negri, 111

Maria Negri
March 25, 2015; Maria Negri was born on March 12, 1895 in Veneto, Arzignano, Italy and died in Veneto, Sarego, Italy on January 13, 2007 at age 111 years, 307 days.

Thomas Nelson, 111

Thomas D. Nelson, Sr., 111

July 8, 2006; Port Arthur, TX; Mr. Thomas D. Nelson, Sr., turns 111.

Ref.: Ashley Sanders, “Thomas Nelson Celebrates Birthday Milestone: Candy Store Owner Turns 111,” The Port Arthur News.

January 9, 2007; We are sad to report that Mr. Nelson died today at age 111 years, 185 days.

Julia Odom, 110

Julia Odom
Photo sourced from

Julia Odom was born in Mississippi, United States on March 9, 1895 and died in Texas, United States on March 17, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 8 days.

Mary D’All Parsons, 110

Mary D’All Parsons at the age of 110:

Mary Parsons, 110

September 30, 2014; Mary D’All Parsons was born on November 8, 1895 in Scotland, United Kingdom. She died on March 15, 2006 in Quebec, Canada at the age of 110 years, 127 days.

Adella Peters, 110

Aged 109:
Adella Peters, 109

Photo sourced from Detroit Free Press.

May 3, 2018; Adella Peters was born in Washington, United States on February 6, 1895 and died in Michigan, United States on July 23, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 167 days.

Ernest Pusey, 111

May 6, 2005; This is the first case validation for part-time GRG correspondent, Mr. Daniel Kinske, who serves in the U.S. Navy and who just sent us this photo of himself with
Mr. Ernest Pusey, at age 109 with Mr. Kinsky (R)

Mr. Ernest Pusey, born May 5, 1895 in Washington, D.C. and who was validated this week at age 110. Ernest currently lives in Florida and holds a number of records: General Motor’s oldest living retiree; a Navy WW-I Veteran; Florida’s oldest man; and the age recordholder for the District of Columbia (i.e., the oldest verified person born in Washington, D.C.).

Mr. Ernest Pusey with Belly Dancers
Ernest Pusey receives kisses from two belly dancers, Herminda (L) and Tahja (R), as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the American Legion, Post 24, on Thursday, May 6th.

We are sad to report that Mr. Pusey, the oldest person in Florida, passed away on November 19, 2006 at 111 years, 198 days.

Mr. Ernest Pusey

Obituary, “Ernest Charles Pusey, 111; one of the Country’s Longest-Lived WW-I Vets,” The Los Angeles Times, p. B16 (November 26, 2006).

Mary Josephine Ray, 114

Sunday, September 13, 2009;
“New Hampshire Woman Now Oldest in the U.S.”
by Shawne K. Wickham. New Hampshire Sunday News Staff

A Westmoreland woman is now believed to be the oldest person in the United States — and second-oldest in the entire world. Mary Josephine Ray, who lives at Maplewood Nursing Home, turned 114 years old on May 17.

Ray, who was born on Prince Edward Island, CANADA, became the oldest U.S. resident after the death Friday of a 115-year-old California woman who was considered the oldest person in the world. Gertrude Baines’ death also means Ray is now the second-oldest person in the world, behind a woman in Japan who is just one week older, according to The Gerontology Research Group, which verifies claims of extreme old age. Ray’s Granddaughter, Katherine Ray of Westmoreland, said her “Gram” is nothing short of “amazing.” “She’s just spry for her age. Even though she’s in a wheelchair, she’s strong.” “She’s very smart and sharp still,” she said. Ray said she stopped by to tell her Grandmother the news Friday, but she was sleeping and Ray chose not to wake her up. But she said she doesn’t expect her to get too excited.

Click on the photo for more details.

September 20, 2009;
Click on the photo for the latest on the Oldest American who is the Second Oldest in the World.

March 7, 2010; We are sad to report that Mrs. Ray passed away early this morning at her nursing home in New Hampshire at age 114 years, 294 days. Click on her photo for more details.

Click on the photo above for her Obituary.

March 10, 2010; Click for a short video clip of Mary Ray and Neva Morris, the newest Oldest American, both at 114.
More photos can be found here.

Maggie Thornton Renfro, 114

November 14, 2007; Maggie Renfro is now 112 yo
Magie Renfro, 112
with a fascinating video clip of her and her two sisters from a local TV station (KTBS Channel 3) in Shreveport, LA. (TRT = 2:52 sec.). One Sister, Rose Warren, is 101 yo. She, like Maggie, lives with relatives. Another sister, Carrie Thornton is 105 yo and in an extended-care hospital in Shreveport. This makes them the oldest group of three living siblings in the world.

November 12, 2009; This photo shows three sisters with a record combined age of 324 years at the Birthday party for the eldest Maggie Renfro, who was born in Louisiana on November 14, 1895, the sixth oldest person in the world at this time, and now age 113 (soon to be 114); From Left to Right: Rosie 103 [or 104] (in red); Carrie 107 (in blue), and Maggie (in purple) 113. Click on the photo for more details from a local newspaper.

December 20, 2009; We are sad to report that the youngest sister of the three, Rosie, passed away two days ago on December 18th.

January 6, 2010; We are sad to report that the middle sister above, Carrie (Thornton) Miller, passed away yesterday, January 5th at age 107, leaving only the eldest sister still living.

January 23, 2010; We are sad to report that the oldest sister of the three, Maggie, passed away yesterday on January 22nd at age 114 years, 69 days. Click for more details from the Shreveport Times.

Carmen Romero-Rodriguez, 111

Carmen Romero-Rodriguez, 110
At her 110th birthday

Carmen Romero-Rodriguez, 111
At her 111th birthday

April 7, 2013; Carmen Romero-Rodriguez was born August 27, 1895 in Villanueva de Córdoba. She was a lifelong resident there and died on April 8, 2007 at the age of 111 years 224 days.

Leolyn Semeyn, 110

Leolyn Semeyn
Photo sourced from Herald Tribune.

Leolyn Semeyn was born in Michigan, United States on September 11, 1895 and died in Florida, United States on January 7, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 118 days.

Kohachi Shigetaka, 110

July 5, 2005; Mr. Robert Young has just sent us this photo of
Mr. Kohachi Shigetaka

Mr. Kohachi Shigetaka, born May 10, 1895 in Japan and passed away at the age of 110 years, 54 days on July 3, 2005.

Chiyo Shiraishi, 114

January 26, 2008; Stefan Gelow has just sent us these photos of

Chiyo Shiraishi, 112 Chiryo Shiraishi,112

Chiyo Shiraishi, 112, currently Japan’s third-oldest person, who was born on August 6, 1895. Ms. Shiraishi lives in Ibaraki Prefecture.

April 23, 2008; She is now the second oldest person (only behind an anonymous woman from Okinawa, born May 10, 1895).

November 19, 2009; Bart Versieck of Belgium sent us this photo of…

Chiyo Shiraishi and Family
Chiyo Shiraishi shown with her family at age 113. We are sad to report that she passed away today at age 114 years, 105 days. She was the oldest person ever born in Fukushima prefecture and the oldest person ever to die in Ibaraki prefecture.

Shiraishi married at the age of 19 and had six children. In her final years she lived in Hitachiota, Ibaraki. Although wheelchair-bound, she would often go out on strolls in her wheelchair when weather conditions were favorable, and received annual visits from local politicians for the Respect-for-the-Aged Day occasions until her final year when her health declined significantly and her family refused to allow visitors in September 2009, two months before her death.

January 2, 2017; A younger photo of Mrs. Chiyo Shiraishi:
Chiryo Shiraishi

Mary Viola Shores, 110

Mary Viola Shores, 110

May 13, 2015; Mary Viola Shores was born in Louisiana, United States on August 24, 1895 and died in the same state on December 1, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 99 days.

Nancy Spicer, 110

Nancy Spicer
Nancy Spicer was born in Kentucky on January 15, 1895 and died in Wisconsin on February 22, 2005 at age 110 years, 38 days.

Elizabeth Stefan, 110

Elizabeth Stefan
Elizabeth Stefan, 109

May 13, 2015; Elizabeth Stefan was born in Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) on May 13, 1895 and died in Connecticut, United States on April 9, 2008 at the age of 112 years, 332 days.

Irmgard von Stephani, 112

September 28, 2005; Herr Thomas Breining our correspondent in Germany has just sent us this photo of
Irmgard von Stephani, 110
Ms. Irmgard von Stephani, when she and guests attending her birthday party, went to a restaurant in Berlin, and a newspaper photographer was present to record the event. She was born on September 20, 1895 and has never married.

Thomas Breining has just sent us this photo of
Irmgard von Stephani at 111
Mrs. Irmgard von Stephani on the occasion of her 111th Birthday.

Irmgard von Stephani died on October 5, 2007 at the age of 112 years, 15 days.

Ella May Stumpe, 110

Ella May Stumpe
This photo was sourced from her Find A Grave page.

Ella May Stumpe was born in North Dakota, United States on July 12, 1895 and died in Maryland, United States on August 16, 2005 at the age of 110 years, 35 days.

Mathilde Octavie Tafna, 112

Mathilde Octavie Tafna

May 13, 2015; Mathilde Octavie Tafna was born in Guadeloupe (an overseas department of France) on March 16, 1895 and died in the same department on May 1, 2007 at the age of 112 years, 46 days. She is the oldest verified person ever to die in Guadeloupe.

Tomoji Tanabe, 113

Mr. Tomoji Tanabe, 111
Mr. Tomoji Tanabe, 112

“Japanese Teetotaller Named World’s Oldest Man at Age 111”

June 18, 2007; Tokyo, JAPAN (Reuters) — An 111-year-old Japanese just named the world’s oldest man said he owed his longevity to steering clear of alcohol. “I don’t drink alcohol — that is the biggest reason for my good health,” Tomoji Tanabe told reporters on Monday. He also told media he does not smoke and likes a glass of milk a day. Asked how much longer he wanted to live, the besuited Tanabe, a former local government worker, said simply: “I don’t want to die.”

Tanabe, who lives with his 66-year-old Son and the Son’s Wife in Miyakonojo, about 900 Km (560 miles) southwest of Tokyo on the island of Kyushu, met the city’s mayor to receive a certificate from The Guinness Book of World Records recognizing him as the oldest man.

But he has some years to go to equal his female compatriot Yone Minagawa, 114, who is listed by Guinness as the world’s oldest person and also lives in Kyushu.

However, a former shepherd in Ukraine, Hyrhory Nestor, also claims that title, saying he celebrated his 116th birthday in March. [ Editor’s Note: This claim has not been validated. See the Incomplete Cases Section for a photo.]

The Japanese are among the world’s longest-lived people, with 28,395 people aged 100 or above in Japan at the end of September last year, according to the Health Ministry. Researchers have attributed the phenomenon to factors including healthy diet and tight-knit communities.


September 18, 2007; The world’s oldest man celebrated his birthday today at age 112. Born in the same year as King George VI (who died in 1952), Mr. Tanabe said, “Being a teetotaler and sticking to a daily routine helped me stay young.” He received flowers and a gift of ¥100,000 (UK£440 pounds; US$900) from the local Mayor.

“World’s Oldest Man Wants To Live Forever”

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 (icWales) – Mr. Tomoji Tanabe, the World’s Oldest Man, celebrated his 112th birthday today at his home in South-Western JAPAN with the Mayor presenting him a bouquet and a letter of congratulation. Tanabe, born on September 18, 1895, took the title in January after the death of Emiliano Mercado Del Toro of Puerto Rico, who – at 115 – was then the oldest person.

Earlier this year, Tanabe received a certificate from Guinness World Records certifying him as the World’s Oldest Male. Today, asked how many more years he wants to live, Tanabe said “ infinitely” according to Yasuo Yamashita, an official of Miyakonojo City in Miyazaki, where Tanabe lives with his Son and Daughter-in-law. “I want to live indefinitely. I don’t want to die,” he said, as he marked his birthday, Kyodo News Agency reported. A former city land surveyor, Tanabe appears to be in good health and drinks milk. He keeps a daily diary, avoids alcohol, and does not smoke.

In Japan, one of the world’s most rapidly aging countries, there were 32,295 centenarians as of September 1st, according to the Health Ministry. The number of people aged 100 and over has almost quadrupled in the past ten years.

Mr. Tomoji Tanabe, 113
June 19, 2009; We are sad to report that Mr. Tanabe passed away in his sleep today at the age of 113 years, 274 days. Click on the first photo for more details from Japan Today.

Olivia Patricia Thomas, 114

June 29, 2009; Olivia Patricia Thomas, known as “the plant lady” when living in Snyder, NY is the belle of the ball today at St. Francis Home, where she’s receiving a rose bouquet and celebrating her birthday with cake and lemonade. She was born in Iowa on June 29, 1895 and now lives in New York. Click on the photo for more details from The Buffalo News.

Olivia Patricia Thomas died on November 16, 2009 at the age of 114 years, 140 days.

Nijiro Tokuda, 111

Nijiro Tokuda, 111

June 13, 2006; Tokyo, JAPAN (AP) — The oldest man in Japan, Nijiro Tokuda, has died at the age of 111, officials said Tuesday. “Tokuda, of Kagoshima in Southern Japan, died Monday night at a hospital where he had been treated since April,” City Official Masayuki Nagahama said. Tokuda had just celebrated his 111th birthday on Saturday.

“Japan’s oldest person is a 113-year-old woman, Yone Minagawa of Fukuoka, also in Southern Japan, who was born in January 1893,” Health Ministry Official Ken Hongo said. Japan has one of the world’s longest average life spans. In 2003, Japanese women set a record for life expectancy, at 85.3 years, while men live an average of 78.3 years.

Catherine Trompeter, 111

Catherine Trompeter

May 13, 2015; Catherine Trompeter was born in Alsace (then Germany, now France) on March 26, 1895 and died in Lorraine, France on November 18, 2006 at the age of 111 years, 237 days.

Kozuru Ueda, 111

Kozuru Ueda

May 13, 2015; Kozuru Ueda was born in Japan on August 1, 1895 and died in Miyazaki, Japan on April 10, 2007 at the age of 111 years, 252 days.

Taken in September 2006, this photo is with Mayor of Nobeoka City, JAPAN. We acknowledge that this photo came to us by way of Mr. Hamish A. Todd, Head of the Japanese Section; Asia, Pacific, and Africa Collections; The British Library; 96 Euston Road; London NW1 2DB; UK

Tei Ura, 110

Tei Ura
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January 7, 2018; Tei Ura was born in Japan on October 16, 1895 and died in Ishikawa, Japan on June 5, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 232 days.

Arthur Warmington, 110

September 18, 2005; Mr. William A. Warmington of New Jersey has just sent us these photos of his Uncle
Arthur M. Warmington, 110 Arthur M. Warmington, 110
Mr. Arthur M. Warmington, born on September 18, 1895 on the occasion of his 110th Birthday Party.

January 18, 2006; We have just learned that Mr. Warmington has passed away on Wednesday, January 11th at the age of 110 years 115 days.

Suhe Yamada, 110

Aged 108:
Suhe Yamada, 108
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Suhe Yamada was born in Japan on June 5, 1895 and died on March 5, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 273 days.

Mattie Lee Yates, 111

Mattie Lee Yates
Mattie Lee Yates was born in Kentucky on March 9, 1895 and died in the same state on June 27, 2006 at the age of 111 years, 110 days.

Elizabeth Yensen, 110

The day before her 110th birthday:
Elizabeth Yensin, 109

Aged 110:
Elizabeth Yensin, 110
Photos sourced from Irish Independent.

October 6, 2010; Elizabeth Yensen was born in Scotland on July 25, 1895 and passed away in Northern Ireland on December 4, 2005 at age 110 years, 132 days.

Astrid Zachrison, 113

June 2, 2005; Mr. Mårten Andersson, one of our newest correspondents from Sweden has just sent us information about
Mrs. Astrid Zachrison, 110
Mrs. Astrid (Elin) Zachrison, 110 years old and who was born on May 15, 1895 and is now the oldest person in Sweden. She was born as Astrid Jonsson in Fliseryd, West of Oskarshamn. In 1927, she married Tage Zachrison from Ingelstad outside Växjö. They moved to Alseda in Vetlanda where their son Per-Ivan was born in 1928. For her 110th birthday party last Sunday, her Son ordered a 110 cm (43 inches long) cake, which was served at her nursing home in Hollsbybrunn.

We are sad to report that Astrid Zachrisson died on May 15, 2008 at age 113.