Harlem Township resident Mildred Eileen Irwin will turn 100 years old on Friday, May 13, and she lives just a stone’s throw from where she was born and where she and her late husband, Melvin Irwin, farmed.
Mildred was born on May 13, 1916, in a house on Miller Paul Road. Her parents were Walter and Octavia Schicks, and the house in which she was born is still there.
She graduated from Harlem Township High School in 1934. Mildred and Melvin owned a farm on State Route 605 just north of Center Village. She still owns the farm and her son, James Irwin, lives on the property. The land is leased out and still farmed.
Through the years, Mildred has accumulated two children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Joyce McFadden, said Mildred has several great-great-grandchildren, but she could not remember the exact number.
McFadden said an open house to celebrate Mildred’s century mark will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at 12310 Fancher Road in Harlem Township. Friends, family and all well-wishers are welcome to stop by and wish Mildred a happy 100th birthday.