Delilah Fulk Colvin’s 104th Birthday

Our hats are off to Mrs. Delilah Colvin. From the Skidmore News, September 22, 1921, page 1:

Celebrated 104th Birthday.

Five generations were present to do honor to Mrs. Delilah Colvin of Elmo, one of the county’s pioneer settlers, on the occasion of her 104th birthday last Sunday.

Mrs. Colvin is the widow of Ambrose Colvin, veteran of the Mexican War, who entered a homestead near Six Corners in Lincoln Township in 1850.

Mrs. Colvin is probably the only pioneer woman living in this county or in northwest Missouri who has the distinction of having planted forty acres of sod corn, in that early day, cutting into the prairie sod with a broad axe and dropping the corn by hand.

Mr. and Mrs. Colvin were married in 1847. Fourteen children were born to them, nine of whom are living. Those in attendance at the family dinner Sunday were: Platte Colvin, Mrs. Missouri Bowman, Mrs. Eliza Kinman, Miss Francis Colvin, William M. Colvin, all of Elmo; John B. Colvin of Eskedee, Okla.; Robert C. Colvin of Calgary, Alberta; George Colvin of Elmo. Mrs. Kittie Atherton of Maryville is also a daughter. — Maryville Tribune.

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