Two celebrate a century of active lives

Published May 22, 2007

Carl Pohle was born on April 24, 1907 in Cleveland, the only son of William and Emma Pohle.

At 10, he had a newspaper route and later delivered ice. After high school, he found work at United Autograph Register Company as a messenger. Opportunity for advancement followed, and he spent 48 years as a purchasing agent in the company's employ before retiring.

He married the love of his life, Faye, in 1937. After retirement, the couple traveled to all 50 states. They also visited Canada and Mexico.

The Pohles spent winters in Florida, and Carl moved to Bayview Gardens in 2001 after Faye passed away.

Carl still prepares his federal income taxes himself and stays active teaching an exercise class two days a week at the Neighborly Senior Center. He's also an expert in catching saltwater sheepshead, and did most of his fishing at John's Pass in Madeira Beach.

He claims the reason he's lived so long was "a wonderful wife, great faith in our creator and vitamin E for 40 years."

Carl has a 97-year old sister, Thelma, of Powy, Calif.

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Maurine Miller Welch was born on May 5, 1907 and was raised on a farm in Sycamore, Kan. With beef and pork plentiful in the winter and chicken in the summer, the farm provided the family with enough food for Maurine to recall "we ate real good."

She studied journalism at the University of Kansas, and was the first female stock reporter for the Wichita Beacon.

In 1932, she met and married James Welch and the couple had two sons, James Jr. and Terry.

Maurine worked as a freelance writer and in 1957, enrolled at Ohio State University to earn a degree in home economics. She tested new devices and was one of the first to use a microwave oven in experiments, and write about it. Better Homes and Gardens featured her articles several times. In 1963, she traveled to France and Russia with the National Economics Council and wrote about the trip.

Maurine came to Florida in 1972, retired in 1980, and moved to Bayview Gardens in 1991.

In addition to her sons, she has seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has named Lori Mecca as its volunteer of the month for April 2007. Mecca has volunteered since January 2006 and is a member of the aquarium's marine mammals department.

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