Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Seen It All

This is my Aunt Pelta. She turned 94 years old on Sunday. I think she has seen it all. Pelta was born in Pena Blanca, NM as were my dad Fermin and Uncle Jaime. They came from a long lived family. Pelta's full name is Rupertita.

I got to thinking about all the things Pelta has seen in her lifetime. Airplanes had only been flying a few years when she was born and now we have interplanetary spacecraft moving away from earth. When Pelta was born in 1913 the Congress enacted the 16th Amendment which led to the income tax. A near riot occurred in Washington, DC prior to the Inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. It was caused be 5000 women suffragettes wanting the vote. The 17th Amendment allowed for the direct election of US Senators. They had been elected by state legislatures. And Ford started the first moving assembly line.

Pelta was a school teacher for over thirty years in the Bernalillo and Albuquerque school systems. She now lives in a very nice assisted living center in Albuquerque.

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