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Crest Hill Resident Marks 100th Birthday

Nov 17, 2011, 2:33 p.m.

Chella Fox of Crest Hill became a centenarian. As of 11/11/11, The Willow Falls resident became one of the few who can claim the title.

Chella was raised on a farm in Crawford County in southeast Illinois during the early 1900s. She had no electricity or running water. The nearest town was five miles away and the only available transportation was a horse and buggy.

“Everyone lived pretty sparsely back then,” she explained.

She attended a one-room country school and went on to graduate from high school at the age of 15. Soon after, a young man named Vogal captured her heart and the two made a life together.

Chella remains enthusiastic and upbeat for a woman who lived through many significant events in the nation’s history, including World War I and II, the Great Depression, prohibition, civil rights movements, the first man on the moon and the more recent war on terrorism.

“You get over your sorrows,” she explained. “It isn’t that you love any less; you just learn how to handle them. I’m lucky I have many good memories and I have had a great life.”

But Chella isn’t making a big deal of her recent birthday.

“I don’t feel any different than I did when I was 90,” she said.

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