Photo caption: Minnie Terpening
She never thought she would live to be 100. The realization that she is now 105 seems just as far-fetched, she said.
It don't seem like I'm 105, but I guess I am, said Minnie Terpening, who was born and raised in northern Washington County, Kan., near today's Highway 15.
Terpening was born May 19, 1909, and credits her long life in-part to hard work.
Back then farming was done the hard way with teams of horses and horse-drawn machinery, she said.
As a child she said the family often took lunches, which usually included slices of bread, to the fields. She helped with field work, shucked corn and put up hay with a pitch fork.
She spent her life in northwest Washington County and was living on her own in her Haddam, Kan., home when she was 100. She moved to a nursing home in Belleville, Kan., only a couple years ago.
Life in the early 1930s