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Submitted by: Gigimo
Article Title: Milwaukee Daily Sentinel
Article Date: January 29 1876
Article Description: A Centenarian. An Extraordinary Story Concerning an
The St. Louis Republican of Friday makes a strong demand on credulity by telling the
"In a little row of dilapidated brick dwelling-houses situated on the south side of
Pine street between Second and Third streets, Carondelet, dwells one Frederick
WERNEKE, who, as he says, and as far as any one knows, was 101 years of age the 4th day
of the present month. Mr. WERNEKE was born on the 4th day of January, 1775, in the
little village of Harlinger, on the River Oder, in Prussia, and according to his
statement he was just 1 year and 6 months old at the time of the Declaration of
Independence. In appearance he is a remarkably well-preserved centenarian. He is about 5
feet 5 inches in height, stoutly built, and weighs about 125 pounds. His form is
still very erect, and considering his age he is now as active as the majority of men at
50. As an illustration of his suppleness, the old man yesterday morning, in order
to show his activity, performed the feat of standing on his head in the middle of the
room, and dangling his feet in the air, with the greatest appar!
ent ease. His eyesight and hearing are remarkably good, he having never in his
life used eye-glasses or compelled one to talk louder than in an ordinary conversation
for him to understand. His habits now, as well as during the earlier part of his
prolonged existence, are very regular. He retires very early, and when the weather
will permit he arises very early and takes a long walk about town. Mr. WERNEKE, who
is now married to his second wife, is the father of fifteen children, and eight are
still living. He was first married in the native country, at the age of 15, and had
by his first wife seven children, two of whom are still living on a farm about one
mile and a half from Frederickstown, Mo., and a daughter about 60 years of age,
living in California. This son and daughter have each reared large families. Mr.
WERNEKE emigrated to this country about the year 1836. He first settled in Frederickston,
Mo., where he lived until a few years ago, when he moved to this!
city. He was married to his second wife, who is still living, at the
age of 81, or in the year 1856. To the second wife, who is now in her 61st year,
eight children were born, six of whom are now living, the eldest being 18 and the
youngest 10 years of age. The old man, with the assistance of his next to the oldest
son as his business partner--who died about three months ago at the age of 74--by
economy and energy succeeded, while they lived in Frederickstown, in amassing quite a
little fortune. The father and son kept a store, and also ran a farm situated in the
outskirts of the above mentioned village, but between the two armies during the late
war their business was broken up and the father and son rendered bankrupts. Mr.
WERNEKE is now living in moderate but comfortable circumstances. The two eldest of the
second generation of children are supporting the family. About the only desire the
old man has left is to attend the Centennial or pay a visit to his daughter in
California before he dies."
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