Bio: Younkins, Elizabeth (1945)

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----Sources: Sun-Telegraph news, census & family records.

Eliza (Pittman) Younkins, 95………Threatens to go "foraging"……….


After 95 years in this world, a woman should be able to get stocking and butter when she want them, Mrs. Eliza Younkins, of 3615 McWhinney St., Homestead Park, believes.

According to her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth McCloskey, Mrs. Younkins, who will celebrate he ninety-sixth birthday on May 1, can't believe thse items are scarce and threatens to go foraging for them herself.

Until she came to live with the McCloskeys 40 years ago, Mrs. Younkins spent her life in Galizin, Pa., where she was born. As a nurse, she delivered more than 600 children in Gallitzin and surrounding communities. (So read a news clip just prior to her birthday).

She was born May 1, 1850 in Loretta, PA and was adopted by the Henry Pittmans. At the age of seventeen, she married a coal miner, Ernest William Younkins in 1867. Despite her busy nursing career, Mrs. Younkins had 12 children of her own and now boasts 48 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren, scattered throughout the United States. This grandma once smoked a clay pipe and was privileged to shake hands with President Lincoln at the age of ten. She was an excellent poker player and died at the age of 96 years. She was the mother of Leo Caskleman Younkins, an early settler of Thorp, Clark Co., WI. Leo died May 23, 1921 and is buried in Thorp.



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