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Ashland native celebrates 100 years of life

July 29, 2018

ASHLAND — In 1918, Woodrow Wilson was president. World War I was coming to an end. The Spanish Flu had its second outbreak. There were only 48 states in the United States. The Red Sox beat the Cubs in the World Series. Velveeta cheese was invented. And Anna Jones, now Akers, was born in Ashland on July 25.

The centenarian celebrated her birthday Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Ashland among family and friends.

Akers is the third youngest of 11 children, among four boys and seven girls.

“Not much has changed,” Akers said of growing up in Ashland.

Akers worked at the Clayton and Lambert factory that was converted into a bullet manufacturing facility during World War II. She made the heads and the length of the shell.

“I never regretted working there. It was a very nice place to work,” she said of making bullets in the factory.

Akers said she and her late husband used to enjoy square dancing around the Tri-State area. She also is an avid bridge player.

In addition to Ashland, Akers has lived in Springfield, Missouri, and Chillicothe, Ohio. She is the mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In Akers’ 100 years, she has seen 18 presidents in the White House and the advancement of the automobile from the Model T to hybrid cars.

She joins 0.02 percent of the United States population to live through an entire century — among 325.7 million Americans, more than 72,000 were 100 years or older in 2014, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Akers was given a key to the city and a proclamation from the mayor recognizing her 100 years of life.

Follow reporter Megan Osborne on Twitter @megosborneHD.

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