Actor Walter Matthau, of “Grumpy Old Men,” “The Godfather” author Mario Puzo and actress Shelley Winters were born.
Another special person was born in 1920. She’s a local resident who lives south of Farmington. Her name is Melba Conrad, and she officially became a centenarian on Friday.
Conrad quietly celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 7 at home, although her family is planning a special dinner at Libertyville Methodist Church, where she has attended for 73 years.
Conrad was the youngest daughter of James Edward “Ed” and Clara (Young) McDaniel out of eight siblings: Myrtle, Elliot, Iva, Bernice, Alberta, Zella, Lindell and Melba. Her family reunion, held annually on Labor Day weekend, will likely be canceled this year due to COVID-19. This will be the first time Conrad has missed the event.
Conrad said she doesn’t have a “secret” to her longevity. “I don’t have one,” she said. “I have just lived an ordinary life. No special diet. No special exercises.”
Conrad enjoys coffee three times a day whether it’s summer or winter. Her typical breakfast includes scrambled or poached eggs; sausage, ham or bacon; and toast with jelly or preserves. She does her own cooking, as she has all her life.
At 100, she has walked many miles. She walked to school every year except for sixth grade, when her family moved to St. Louis. The family returned to this area the following year.