This was also the year that Alice Ream of Morgantown was born February 4,to Elizabeth Madelyn Frankhouser Troop and Clinton M. Troop just north of Churchtown.
She had six brothers and three sisters.
Alice attended the former Edwards School on Hammertown Road. She tells the story of how her father wouldn't let the youngest children attend high school after an older brother contacted typhoid fever.
She has many fond memories of her growing up years. She just loved it when her father picked her up from school when it snowed. He would pick up the children in a horse and sleigh and she still remembers burrowing down in the straw in the back of the sleigh.
"One day my brother and I were picking corn, we were looking for an automobile to go by," she said and all of a sudden it seemed to be above us and here it was an airplane. She said back then it was a real treat to see a plane.
Alice married Charles F. Ream and they had two children Harry F. Ream who lives in West Wyomissing and Robert Ream who lives in York. Today she has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She has lived in the Morgantown area for 31 years. While Alice didn't attend high school she did attend the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Science in Scranton and received her diploma in June of 1936. She worked in her younger days at the Berkshire Knitting Mills in Reading. She is a certified seamstress.
"I have a faith and I believe in God," is what she bases her longevity on. She joined California Bethany E. C. Church in 1921 and is still a member today. With a love for music, she played both the piano and organ at the church. In 1922 she organized the Sun Beam Class for young girls at the church. This class continued until just recently.
"On June 14, 1935 I helped organize the Junior Christian Endeavor Society at Mt. Zion Church near Cambridge," she said. This was the beginning of a very active society that continued for several years for youth ages four to 14. "My 11-year-old son was the pianist," said Alice.
In 1940 she helped organize the "Pequea Rural Christian Chorus, composed of members of the choirs from seven churches in the Pequea Valley area. This chorus had about 60 members and held two concerts a year. She also served as treasurer of the chorus.
"In 1947 I helped to organize the Edwards School Reunion," she said. "I was the first secretary. This group disbanded in 1991 due to lack of attendance."
She also loved being with her family. In 1925 she organized the Clinton M. Troop Reunion in honor of her mother's birthday and her son, Harry's first birthday.
Alice also liked to write and served for 35 years as a correspondent for The Honey Brook Herald, a weekly newspaper.
Alice feels the increase in traffic over the years has made the area change. As far as the invention of the airplane goes, she said it was great.
She has always been active in her community. The Twin Valley Senior Citizens and the Friendship Fire Company #1 in Morgantown count her as a life-long member.
Alice is still active at age 100, she loves to raise flowers and likes to cook, and she does her own housework.
Each day brings something new to Alice's life. After all she wasn't afraid to learn to ride a bicycle at the age of 35.
Today she loves to visit with friends and will share the scrapbooks and stories she has kept over the years. For Alice life has been good and her faith has always remained strong. Happy Birthday, Alice, you're a very special lady.