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Inside The Story: 104 Years Young
(KUTV) Living to be a hundred years old is a major accomplishment, but living to be a 104 and still having all your wits about you, is a milestone.

One Salt Lake City woman will mark her 104th birthday on Saturday with a family celebration, where Gretchen Dunham's family will reflect on the changes that have happened since her birth.

When Gretchen was born in 1910, folks were making about 52 cents an hour according to the history books. She has lived through two world wars and has seen some of the greatest inventions of all time, from the Ford's Model T to the first televisions. Items that many of us take for granted and could not imagine life without.

For Gretchen one thing has always remained and that is the importance of her family. This is not lost on those that surround her; they all speak of her fondly.

At Pacifica Senior Living in Millcreek, it's easy to find folks who have been around for a very long time, but Gretchen Dunham is in an exclusive club of 100 residents.

Gretchen was born in Germany in1910, a time when life was simple, "we had these wooden spoons and had two sticks with a fish hook line in between and balance the wooden spoons see how long we could do that." Gretchen says.

At the age of 15 she came with her family to settle in Utah, she would later meet her husband Sam on a street car in Salt Lake. They were very happy, but in 1966 Gretchen lost Sam in a terrible accident up Big Cottonwood Canyon, he had fallen off a tree while trying to pick choke cherries for his grandchildren.

You'd never guess her age by the way Gretchen acts and gets around, "We'll if you don't get up and move you might stay there for good," she said jokingly.

By: Dan Rascon
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
Inside The Story: 104 Years Young

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