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Mid-Shore Centenarians Celebrate 100 Years on the Shore

 EASTON, Md.- It was a luncheon for the ages Tuesday in Talbot county.  To be invited, you just had to meet one requirement; be 100 years old!

When these centenarians were young, only 8 percent of homes had a telephone.  The average wage was 22 cents an hour.  The average life expectancy was 47 years old.  It's safe to say things have changed here on Delmarva over the past 100 years.  These men and women have seen it all.

We don't use horse and buggy for travel anymore.  Or steam trains.  100 year old Edna Parks-Coulsy says if you think the eastern shore is rural now, you should have seen it when she was a little girl growing up near Denton.  She worked on the family farm.  Back then, chickens were not the industry they are today.

"We just raised what we would use, just for our own personal.  For our own family really.  My father did sell tomatos.  We'd pick tomatos and sell them in a basket.  We'd sell them for five cents a basket," said Parks-Coulsy.

Helen Dawson, turning 100 in July, was born and raised in Cambridge.  She remembers a time before the bay bridge, and even before the Choptank river bridge!

"We used to have to go by East New Market and by Preston to get to Easton.  We didn't have a bridge to go across then like we do now," said Dawson.

But are all these changes a good thing?

"Well I like to have my electric, I like to have my telephone, and I like to have my car.  Those were the three important things for me," said Parks-Coulsy.

Mid-Shore comfort keepers hosted today's luncheon.  They hope to make it an annual event.  To be sure you can attend a future centenary luncheon yourself, Helen has some advice.

"Whatever the activity is, take a part in it, to keep your mind active too."

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