Granville resident Eva Moffitt celebrated her 100th birthday at the Holbrook Adult Home Tuesday, as residents and staff members feted her for a full century of life in the Slate Valley.
Born in Manchester, Vt., Moffitt said she moved to Granville with older sister Fanny Stockwell and her parents before she was old enough to go to school. “It seems like it was yesterday,” she said.
The long-time Granville resident said she’s in pretty good health because she keeps busy.
“I have no regrets; I don’t think I’d be around for 100 years if I hadn’t been good to somebody,” she said.
Moffitt said she’s led a full life where she worked hard. “I had a lot of friends –it was a hard life, but a good life,” she said.
Looking back on some of the big historical events of the last century, Moffitt said although she could recall the end of World War I, memories of the Veteran’s Memorial Clock and the end of World War II stand out to her.
“I remember at the end of World War II Granville was lit up like a church, it was beautiful,” she said.
Moffitt said at the dedication of the clock, in its old location along the Washington County bank she could recall the streets were filled with people.
Main Street has changed a great deal in the last century, Moffitt said. “This used to be a prosperous little town, people used to come from all over of Friday and Saturday nights to do their shopping,” she said.
Asked what had changed with the Main Street, Moffitt said “I guess it got old just like me, but it’s still a pretty good little town.”
Moffitt said another change she noticed over the years was on Braymer Mountain. In the past she said it was pretty common for people to get together to go for hikes up the mountain to picnic and enjoy the view it provided of the village and surrounding countryside.
With 100 years in one town, Moffitt said the people were what stood out to her even now. “There were a lot of nice people like the McHenrys’, the Manchesters’, the Hayes’ and the Lawlers’,” she said.
For a town that would become know for its bar rooms and the Alley, Moffitt said she could recall a time when there were very few places to find a drink, in fact she recalled a place where women were not allowed and men had to know the secret knock to gain admittance.
Moffitt said she’s been a resident at Holbrook since the middle 1980s and enjoys her time at the facility. “Judy’s been really good to me,” she said.
While Moffitt said she didn’t have a secret to such longevity, she said she still attends church every Sunday when Rev. Art Peters comes down to conduct serv