Century celebration - Local resident turns 100 years old with family, friends

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Chester Morris received a letter from the White House for his 100th birthday, showing the signatures of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Kyle Lewis / Times-Post

Chester Morris will turn 100 years old on Sept. 14. His friends and family are throwing him a birthday party on Sept. 15 at the Fall Creek Christian Church. Kyle Lewis / Times-Post

Pendleton - Taking a break from his weekly euchre game, Chester ‘Chet’ Morris is a man of big laughs and lots of stories- stories that he’s had 100 years to collect.

Sitting with his son in his sun-lit apartment at Rawlins House and Fall Creek Retirement Village, Morris said he’s been a lifelong resident of Madison County and that he moved to a farm outside of Pendleton when he was 16. The year was 1929, a year he remembers for reasons other than moving to town.

“That was the year of the crash,” Morris said of the stock market panic that preceded the Great Depression, “I was 16 years old and helping a neighbor with chores. I don’t know if that lady had money tied up in the market, but I do remember her being really upset.”


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