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Vera Thiem, 96 years young

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1. What is your earliest memory?
I can remember running around on the farm in Boone County, Nebraska as a young girl, I don’t remember exactly how old I am in my memory, but I don’t believe I started school yet. There was a river that ran across our farm that I can remember playing in and with our farm animals. We had cows, pigs, chickens, and horses.

2. What was your first job?
In Norfolk, NE with the county I was a secretary and would take dictation. I believe I was about 16 years old, give or take.

3. What was the weirdest fad you remember?
Through the years there have been so many weird hairstyles that people come up with. It’s like folks are trying to make a statement with their hair. It’s too much sometimes.

4. What life advice would you pass along?
Enjoy the time you have.

5. What moments in your life are you most proud of?
I am proud to say that I have always stood up for what I wanted and for what I believed in. That is very important to me. And attending church, I always have and always will attend my church.

6. How would you say your dreams and goals have changed throughout your life?
I have always wanted to won my own home and check, I did that!

7. What invention from your lifetime are you most amazed by?
How far automobiles have come in my lifetime. From the horse and buggy to the ones we have today.

8. What is your magic potion for staying healthy? What would you attribute your longevity to?
I believe that I have good genetics, a few of my family members have had very long lives. Also, eating my vegetables, I like zucchini not so much tomatoes.

9. If you could back in time to be any age again, what would it be and why?
I’d like to go back to the 1940’s. I just graduated high school, I was on my own, I met my husband, we got married and had 2 boys and 2 girls. That was a really beautiful decade in my life.

10. Who influenced you the most?
My mother was an incredible woman. She was so strong and could do anything. I received a World Encyclopedia set from her and it’s so old that there aren’t even airplanes in it!


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