Reporting Aristea Brady
ELGIN, Minn. (WCCO) – Anna Stoehr is one supercentenarian. She turned 112 years old Monday.
Looking out the kitchen window of her farmhouse in Elgin, Minn., near Rochester, Stoehr looks at the fall foliage on her lawn. She’s seen a lot of things come and go in her day.
She was born Oct. 15, 1900, when William McKinley was president and Theodore Roosevelt was vice president. She’s a living history book.
“I voted the first time the women could vote,” Stoehr said.
However, she’s not paying much attention to this year’s presidential election.
“I didn’t think I was going to vote this year, because there was no way to get up there,” she said.
Stoehr still likes to do things on her own. She still bakes bread, she occasionally plays cards, and she doesn’t stick to any particular diet – though eggs, bacon and potatoes are her staples.
Stoehr’s daughter, Lois Neighbors, says that besides a few minor health issues her mom is relatively healthy.
“No major health problems at all. She’s always been up and at ‘em in the morning, going all day long. It’s always been like that,” Neighbors said.
To celebrate her birthday, Stoehr toured an historic round barn that was built just two years after she was born.
“As long as you can get out of bed, it’s a good day,” she said.
And Stoehr says there’s no real “key” to living a long life.
‘That’s not my doing. The good Lord has taking care of that,” she said.
On Sunday, over 200 people from the community celebrated her birthday. Anna’s family says she still plans on living independently.