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By Pam Burke 

Mary Lincoln celebrates her 106th birthday


November 27, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Donald Rudolph talks to his former teacher Mary Lincoln, who turns 106 today, during a birthday party Saturday at Wheat Country Estates in Chester. Rudolph said he used to sit on Lincoln's lap and read to her.

Born more than a century ago in a homestead shack 12 miles north of Rudyard - before electricity, indoor plumbing, telephones and motorized vehicles became commonplace in rural America - Mary Lincoln turned 106 years old today.

To help their firstborn stay warm that winter, infant Mary's parents, Henry and Sarah Ritter, laid her in her box on the open oven door and slept with her between them at night, said Mary's son, Roger Lincoln of Gildford.

"A newborn? I wouldn't sleep at night for fear I'd roll over it," Roger said. "She survived quite well."

Mary, who lived in her own home until s...

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