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Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 29, July 17, 2002

BROWNVILLE When you're a 105 years old, you've had time to accomplish quite a lot.

And Pearl Hamlin, of Brownville, who is well on her way to 106, has done more than her share of community activities.

During her younger years, Hamlin was involved in a multitude of different organizations including the New Idea Club, the Modem Idea Club, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Ayuda Club and the Milo Garden Club, among others.

"I used to be head over heels involved with clubs," she said.

In addition to raising three sons, through the years, Hamlin worked as a substitute teacher, a Sunday School teacher and a cook at the hospital in Milo.

At the age of 6, Hamlin moved to Milo from Willimantic with her parents George and Julia Morrill.

"My father was one of the men that came in and set up machinery for the American Thread Company (in Milo)," she explained. "After he set it up, he came and got his family."

Hamlin graduated in 1916 from Milo High School. She said one of her favorite memories from growing up was picking vegetables from her father's garden.

"My father always had a lovely garden," she said. "I've never had anything taste so good (as those vegetables)."

Today, Hamlin, who was bom on Feb. 14, 1897, currently enjoys the status of being the oldest member of Milo's United Baptist Church. She was the recipent of the Boston Cane several years ago, and spends time every day with companion Phyllis Mutzenard. Hamlin said one of the things she enjoys most about growing older is being able to kick back and relax more.

"By being older, I can sit back and let other people do things," she said with a smile.

As for advice for a younger generation of women, Hamlin's tip was simple.

"Find some nice young man, and if he's nice enough, marry him," she said. "That's what I did."

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