Effie (Carlson) Halstrom will be celebrating her 108th birthday this month on Dec. 18. Imagine having memories that span over 100 years. One hundred years ago she was already eight years old.
Halstrom has seen life go from horse drawn wagons to automobiles. Her family was one of the first in the area to have electricity installed in their home. She has seen this country go from telephone to high speed internet. She used to travel on the train and remembers the first telephone installed in her parent's home. She read about the landing on the moon and the death of President Kennedy because her family didn't yet have a television.
She and her family have been snowed in on their farm for days before the roads were well developed. The winter of 1936 was particularly hard as she recalled on her 100th birthday.
She and her husband, Eddie, have raised a daughter, Marilyn, who has two sons. She also has a great granddaughter, Hannah. When she was young she was noted for her singing abilities and her quick wit. She has seen this country suffer through several wars and countless other historical events.
Throughout her life she has been faithful to the Lord. She says the secret to her long life is, "Talking with Jesus."
Halstrom has become wise in her lifetime and in 1994 she wrote this poignant and true statement, "The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice." She adds to the statement, "These sentiments and words express my beliefs in regard to the things which have edged in on us all too rapidly and with real certainty."
She currently makes her home at the Cherokee Villa where the staff and family friends, Lila and Orville Saxby take good care of her, since her daughter lives in North Carolina.