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February 15, 2014

Altona centenarian celebrated



In 1938, the couple moved into a warmer, two-room house that she still calls home. 

She and her husband, who died in 1995, made many repairs and additions. 

“We built this house, and I worked right along with him,” she said.


Hattie still lives on her own, with the help of relatives, neighbors and caregivers. 

She has always lived on common sense and hard work.

“I was always into something,” she said. “I took care of my garden, with my husband’s help of course.”

Hattie still tries to stay active, though she doesn’t do as much as she used to. An avid artist and crocheter in her younger years, she recently tried unsuccessfully to crochet.

“I’m going to try again, though,” she said.


Hattie and Oveldia raised four sons, Vernon, Lawrence, Daniel and Ronnie, and a daughter Betty Peryer, who all still live in the Altona or Plattsburgh area.

“You’ll outlive us all,” Vernon joked with his mother. 

Today, Hattie has many grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

“If you’ve got any children, you take care of them,” she said. 

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