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Upshur County Man Celebrates 100 Years of Life
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on July 06, 2013 @ 6:56PM
Created on July 06, 2013 @ 5:22PM

Many of us dream to live a very long and healthy life, and for one Upshur County man, Saturday marked a milestone of his 100th birthday.

"Eat cornflakes and cheerios," said Olen Carpenter, Buckhannon resident.

That's the advice on how you can successfully live for an entire century from Mr. Olen Carpenter. Besides eating his two favorite cereals every day, Carpenter lived a life of hard work like many West Virginians do.

"I've worked all over. I've been to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland. I worked in the steel industry before I retired after 21 years," said Carpenter.

There were five generations of Carpenter's family at his birthday party, composed of more than 100 family members, including his three younger siblings.The youngest of them is 82. They say Carpenter had a long legacy of hard work in the steel industry, and after retiring, he returned home to his beloved Upshur County to focus on his number one priority: raising his loving family.

One perfect memory I had is when I was little. I didn't know what cow milk tasted like, so he let me try it, and I didn't expect it to be warm. He asked, "What did you expect it to be, cold?" said Christine Lee, Carpenter's granddaughter.

Carpenter received recognition from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, congratulating him on his service and dedication to our state, and looking toward the future. Carpenter said he has one particular goal he looks forward to achieving.

"I want to make it to 103," said Carpenter.


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