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Celebration

August 27, 2006

Harper Henry Zickefoose, a resident of Menno Village Nursing Center, Chambersburg, Pa., celebrated his 103rd birthday Saturday, Aug. 19.

Born in a log cabin in Hemlock, W.Va., on his mother's birthday, Zickefoose attended grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse, working on his father's farm until he turned 17. He began a two-year stint in a logging camp, then moved on to work for two years in a coal mine, finally being hired to help build the West Virginia University football stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

In 1925, Zickefoose moved to Akron, Ohio, and worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. until 1966.

He was married to Vera Erickson Zickefoose for 66 years. They had one child, Dolores Nelson. Vera Zickefoose passed away in 1997.

Zickefoose now has two grandsons and a granddaughter, all married; five great-granddaughters and a great-grandson.

On Aug. 19, the staff at Menno Village Nursing Center's Lamppost Inn hosted a small birthday celebration for Mr. Zickefoose.

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A friendly man with a ready smile, he has been talking about his birthday for quite some time.

Harper Henry Zickefoose celebrated his 103rd birthday Aug. 19 at Menno Village Nursing Center.

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