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It was a good year for this Cherokee centenarian

Monday, April 25, 2005

By Nancy Nelson, Staff writer

It seems recently that there has been a rash of birthdays celebrating a century of living. It is hard for most of us to imagine living for 100 years, especially when we are all too busy with every day life to notice the time go by.

Now, imagine turning 100 years old this past week and being able to remain in your own home, do your own cooking, and renew your driver's license!

Faye Trimble of Cherokee just celebrated her 100th birthday on April 17 and she is far from seeming like her age. She does still live in her own home, cooks, and recently renewed her drivers license.

She celebrated with an open house on her birthday with family and friends at the Cherokee Memorial Presbyterian Church. It was reported that when the church's bell choir played "Happy Birthday" for her during the service, she graciously stood up and threw a kiss to the choir. It was Faye who a few years ago donated the bells to her church in memory of her late husband, Clyde.

When you ask her how she feels about the birthday she says, "I don't feel 100."

Last Monday, Marlin Lode, Superintendent of the Cherokee School District, invited Trimble to Washington High School as guest of honor for the celebration of another 100 year birthday. It turns out that the grandfather clock in the Central Administration Office which was donated by the class of 1905 from the old Lincoln High School is now 100 years old. The reason for Trimble's invitation was in light of the fact that her husband Clyde Trimble had been the one to rescue, repair, and refinish the 100 year old clock 35 years ago.

As it turns out, in 1970 Clyde Trimble was serving on the Cherokee School Board as Secretary. He discovered the clock's existence in an old photo published in the Cherokee Daily Times. He decided to investigate where the clock may have ended up and found it stored in the boiler room of the Webster Elementary building. It had long stopped working and was falling apart due to neglect.

Trimble was able to take the clock home and after two years of repair and refinish work, and with the help of a few other people, was able to return the clock in new working order and to a new home in the Central Administration building.

When interviewing Faye Trimble about the process of restoring the clock she recalled that it made her husband sick to see the clock in a pile of rubbish. It is a shame, she says that people discard things without realizing their value. She said part of the process in her husband's project was making sure he got a look at anything being hauled out of the Webster building in order to find all the parts of the clock. As a result he was able to find all but two of the parts which he was able to replace.

The Trimbles have long been a valuable part of the Cherokee community. They originally owned a furniture business but had to sell it when Clyde entered the Navy during WWII for 32 months of service. Faye says that when his service was done they could only think of one place they wanted to live and that was Cherokee. She says it is because of the people that they returned to make their home here again.

Her husband, also a former Cherokee City Clerk, served on the Cherokee School Board two separate times for nine years each time. If you have children and have visited the children's library at the Cherokee Library, you can be certain your child played in the Trimble House he built and donated to the library.

Even though Trimble is able to remain in her home and transport herself around town, she likes to credit her friend, Gladys Mortenson, with helping her out when she needs it.

When asked about what have been some of the most significant changes she can remember from the last 100 years, she did not mention anything like man landing on the moon, the computer age or other significant events. She simply said that some changes have been for the better and the changes were so gradual that you tend to accept them and help where you can. One thing she has noticed is that people are more outgoing with each other and there are more opportunities to get to know more people.

Trimble is a gracious and remarkable lady who has also noticed over the last century that, "young people are so caring." She says that with a chuckle because her perspective of young people is a little different than most people's. She is a wonderful person from whom we should all learn life's lessons of kindness, grace and a sense of humor.

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