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East side, west side -- Centenarian's lived a lot

Delia Hauser marked her 100th birthday last week. Hauser lives with her son-in-law and daughter, Butch and Patti Hutter, in Ellsworth. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Delia Hauser really couldn’t give a reason why she’s lived so long.

Hauser, who marked her 100th birthday in Ellsworth Thursday, has done a lot of swimming over the years. She grew up on a farm, gardened and canned, worked in a knitting mill, made carpets at home and was a Salvation Army volunteer. About the closest explanation for her longevity is it may run in the family—a late sister-in-law reached the age of mid-90s, her daughter, Patti, said.

Regardless, the Centenarian’s recently been in relatively good health, considering her advanced years. Hearing difficulties, memory lapses, the need to use a walker and a melanoma diagnosis have been the few setbacks in her later life.

Perhaps Hauser’s fared so well because pretty much all of her life has been spent in Wisconsin. It’s an outdoors state and she’s the outdoors type, raised on a Little Chute dairy farm near a river, tending to her big garden right in town in Appleton (she canned tomato juice) and going to her family’s cabin in Winneconne on Lake Winnebago. All that fresh air she’s gotten in a longer-than-average lifetime could be responsible for its length.

John and Anna DeCostier were her parents, while Marty, Albert and Ben were her brothers, plus she had a half-sister, Mary. In 1939, she married William Schumacher in Kaukauna. They initially lived in a camper and she held that knitting mill job. On their eight-and-a-half acres, her first husband kept bees, beginning with a four-frame extractor and eventually moving up to a 32-frame version.

For more please read the July 23 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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