100 Year Birthdays

Published February 14, 2007

Helena L. Claxton of Seminole celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday.

She was born Feb. 10, 1907, in Canton, N.Y., the daughter of Mabel Sprague and Dr. Charles Dean Laidlaw.

Claxton graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton and later studied in Middlebury, Vt. She taught French and Latin in Chadwicks, N.Y., and in Victor, N.Y.

Claxton met and married her first husband, Mark Livermore, on June 30, 1930, in Ogdensburg, N.Y. The couple moved to Canton to care for her mother until 1953, when the pair returned to Ogdensburg.

Following her husband's death, Claxton relocated to St. Petersburg during the early 1980s. She married Edward Garfield Claxton on Dec. 6, 1985.

She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and the Phi Beta Phi sororities at St. Lawrence University and is a member of Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Today, Claxton enjoys reading, puzzles and reminiscing about the time she spent on the St. Lawrence River in New York.

Josephine Jankowski Nolan of St. Petersburg celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 26. She was born in Chicago, the fourth eldest of seven children belonging to Polish immigrants Bernice and Joseph Jankowski.

Unable to speak English, Nolan became a professional dancer and a Dime-a-Dance girl during the 1920s in Chicago ballrooms.

On Feb. 12, 1929, she married Bernard F. Nolan, in Chicago.

Nolan devoted her life to raising the couple's four children: Bernadette, Barney, Robert and Richard. She performed community service in Brainerd, Ill., where her husband worked as a newspaper distributor.

Nolan moved to the area in 1986 from West Palm Beach and still enjoys music, movies, cards, knitting, crocheting and crafts. She has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.