Happy birthday, Martha Patton Jent Linville Cameron

The Skidmore, Missouri newspaper took many opportunities to wish Grandma Cameron a happy birthday.  Here are a few of them:

From the May 29, 1913 Skidmore, New Era, page 5:
Celebrates 85th Birthday
Grandma Cameron, who is making her home with her son, W. R. Linville of Skidmore, celebrated her 85th birthday Wednesday.

Martha E. Cameron was born in Knox county, Tennessee, and came with her parents to Missouri eighty years ago, settling in the Platte purchase, where Kansas City now stands and where was born her brother, Thomas Patton, who now resides in Skidmore. Her first husband, William Jent, was a Mexican soldier and died in old Mexico while fighting for his country. She afterward married Aaron Linville, the father of W. R. Linville, the well known banker farmer and stockman of Skidmore and Monroe township.

From the June 1, 1916 Skidmore News, page 1:
Birthday Party
Last Sunday about fifty friends and relatives gathered at the residence of Mrs. T. B. Slaughter, three and one-half miles northeast of Skidmore, to help Mrs. Martha E. Cameron celebrate her 89th birthday, as she was 88 years young on that day. Mrs. Cameron was born near Knoxville, Tenn., and with her parents came to Missouri when she was only four years of age, and has resided in the county and vicinity for seventy years. She is the mother of six children by her first marriage, three daughters – Mrs. Sarah Hornbuckle, Clearmont; Mrs. Mary (T. B.) Slaughter, Mrs. Lucinda Bowlin and three sons, W. R., Joseph T., and John H.

All had an enjoyable time and Aunt Martha felt just as young as the youngest guest – Woodrow Wilson Dewitt. Aunt Martha tried awhile to live in town, but she couldn’t stand it, so she had to go to the country where things were more to her liking and she could hear the birds sing. She has had to milk a cow all winter – sunshine or storm, she has never missed. She was compelled to milk because she wanted to. She hoes in the garden except Sundays and when it is too muddy, as she feels as though she wants outdoor exercise. It was fortunate that her birthday was on Sunday because she would have been so busy that she would hardly have had time to entertain so many people on a week day.

Her children gave her a very nice token of remembrance, which was presented to her by E. T. Duval in a few very appropriate remarks. Those present were Mrs. Martha Cameron, J. W. Linville and wife, J. T. Linville and wife, Alfred Dewitt and family, Aaron Linville and family, W. S. Linville and family, Wm. Devers and family, Mrs. Sam Masters, Mrs. Mary Wampler, Mrs. May Russell, Mrs. Laura Sharp, Mrs. T. B. Slaughter, Miss Anna Linville, Alex Russell, E. T. Duval, J. H. Linville and Everett Linville.”

From the May 30, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1:
Grandma Cameron is Ninety
Mrs. Martha Cameron, the oldest (in years, yet maybe not in actions) Red Cross worker, and, for all we know, the oldest woman in the township, celebrated her ninetieth birthday Tuesday, May 28, 1918. Although she has been an active woman all her life, she is remarkably well preserved physically and as ‘bright as a dollar’ mentally.

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