Homewood resident Helen Clark celebrates her 100th birthday

January 29, 2012
  • Helen Clark celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Homewood in Williamsport.
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WILLIAMSPORT — Helen Clark recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Homewood at Williamsport.

She lives in an independent-living apartment at Homewood, where she enjoys hobbies such as knitting, embroidery and crossword puzzles.  

Clark was born Jan. 4, 1912, in Jersey City, N.J., and was the third child of six in her family.

She recalls many important events throughout her life and vividly remembers the headline “Lusitania Ship Sinks.” 

She also remembers a trip she took with her grandmother when she was 5 years old.  Her uncle was a sailor going to Germany during World War I and they stood along the Hudson River to wave as his ship passed.

She fondly remembers taking the train and ferry to New York City each day, where she worked for The Underwood Typewriter Co. as a clerk. That is also was where she met her husband, William. She lived at home until they married when she was 43 years old.

Because she had always used public transportation, she did not get her driver’s license until she was 77. She says the automobile was the best invention she has seen in her lifetime.

When asked what the worst invention was, she quickly says it was the telephone.

“I just never liked talking on the phone,” she said. “Even at my job, I was to take a turn covering the phones and my boss let me out of it because I just hated it.”

Clark lived in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., before moving to Williamsport. She has been at Homewood for 12 years.

Although she had no children of her own, she boasts of what a blessing her stepdaughter, Beverly Carlson, has been to her through the years. 

Clark often told friends that “Beverly was the best wedding present she ever got.” 

Carlson and her husband, Allen, are a wonderful help to Clark, who moved to this area to be closer to her stepdaughter.

Clark also has three grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

She attributes her long life to her low blood pressure, not having children to age her with worry, and getting married later in life.

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