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A REAL AMERICAN AT 100 YEARS A DAY WITH
DISTINGUISHED UNCLE DAVE
, By L. C. Hodgson.
St. Paul, Minn., April 22.
'(Staff Special.) Red Wing is a
distinguished city in Minnesota
and in Red Wing is one of Amer
ica's most distinguished citizens.
You never heard of David
Hancock of Red Wing? Pshaw"!
Why, Uncle-Dave is the most dis-
Capt. Dave Hancock.
tinguished centennarian in the
United States! Do you know
that at 100 he can play a.fife, split
his own logs, talk you blind about
the days of the lob cabin and the
ox-drawn prairie schooner, walk
two miles to town to talk politics
and smoke a half dozen clay
pipesful every day.
Add to this that all Red Wmg
"and, a good part of the sovereign
state of Minnesota 'are royally
celebrating his 100th birthday to
day and we should rather think
Uncle Dave was distinguished!
Yes, the mayor of Red Wing
has declared April 22 a grand,
holiday. The city council will
march out to Uncle Dave's house
that morning and escort him to
town. He'll take his fife" and fid
dle along. Also one of hf eight
clay pipes. All the survivors of
the Third Minnesota, his old regi
ment, will be on hand to greet
him. Several congressmen ejt
governors and such like will orate
to the glory of Uncle Dave.
Speeches, a parade, roarings can
non and a banquet are on the pro
gram. Uncle Dave says that's all
right, but he wont smoke any
cigars. Don't like 'em!
"How does it feel to be a hun
dred?" I asked him. "Why,"
said Uncle Dave, "to be a hun
dred is just the same as being any
"Why, no," he continued, "I"
never took care of my health.
May be that's why I have lived.
I never doped nor doctored. I
have lived out doors all my life.
I have never worried. I have
loved life on the water, all kinds
of. music, and clay pipes. That's
all there is to it."
Friends got him to go to a
photographer the other day for
a picture. He peeled off His coat
and sat down in front of the
camera. He refused to put his
head" in a hettd-resi. " "I am as,
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