Skip to comments.At 116, Arkansas woman named oldest American
Posted on 07/04/2014 2:08:43 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said.
Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at home at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock. This year's festivities included the new award from the Gerontology Research Group, which analyzed U.S. Census records to determine that Weaver is the oldest living American, rather than 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.
The research group, which consults with the Guinness Book of World Records, found that the 1900 Census listed Weaver as 2 years old putting her birthday in 1898, said Robert Young, the research group's database administrator and senior consultant for Guinness.
That makes Weaver the second-oldest person in the world behind 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan and the 11th oldest person of all time, he said.
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No, just another victim of Socialized Medicare for 51 years.
“That makes Weaver the second-oldest person in the world behind 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan and the 11th oldest person of all time, he said.”
Seems obvious that the author has never read the Bible.
Bubba would hit it.
She is destined to die of old age.
On July 4, 1898, the day of her birth, newspaper headlines were announcing the US Navy’s victory over Spain in the Battle of Santiago. That day is just about halfway between the present time and the Battle of Fort Henry during the War of the American Revolution.
Good for her. It seems unkind, however, to only show her at 116 years of age. What did she look like at 20? 45?
When someone posts my 112th birthday photo, please show me at younger ages. Please.
Two things, one she is the oldest VERIFIED American. Again the reporter did not read the disclaimer. GRG only lists people they have verified. They estimate that there 350 to 400 super-centenarians around the world.
They dont know Glorias actual birthday, but she has celebrated on July 4th. This implies they dont have perfect documentation. I suspect politics at work as she may become the oldest in the world.
Wifey’s father was born in 1898....but he died in 1958, so he’s not in this competition...
Congratulations Gertie! Good for you girl. My great aunt almost made 116 and she died back in about 1996.
Can you imagine all the changes she has seen in her life, a lot of it good but a lot of it bad too.
I love it in the obits when they show a younger pic of someone because there is no recent one. Everyone has their day in the sun, why not celebrate who they were in their prime?