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Olan Owsley turns 100

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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One Lincoln resident was born just one day after the sinking of the Titanic. Olan Owsley celebrated his 100th birthday Monday. He has more reason to be happy: he and his wife, Georgia Owsley, 92, will celebrate their 77th wedding anniversary Friday. Olan Owsley was born in Lincoln, Mo. on April 16, 1912, and moved to Lincoln, Calif. in 1940. He worked a variety of jobs in the latter Lincoln, including packing ice around train-shipped fruit for the ice company, according to previous News Messenger reports. Owsley said he retired in 1963 “from the auction yard in Roseville.” He said he “feels very lucky” to have lived to be 100-years-old. The News Messenger asked him what has impressed him the most during the century he has been alive. “I saw so much, it’s hard to say,” Olan Owsley said. When asked if he had any tips for becoming a centenarian, Olan Owlsey replied, “No, I’m just lucky, I guess.” Owsley added that he never smoked. “He’s lucky that he’s got up there. We’ve been healthy and we eat healthy,” Georgia Owsley said about her husband’s age. “He did it gradually.” The Owsleys have three daughters, Joyce Bachman, Lois Owsley and Judy Jones.