May Caldwell surprised on 90th

January 20, 2010
Santa Paula News

May Caldwell was recently surprised on her 90th birthday with a party arranged by her daughter, Martha, at the Glen Tavern Inn. Many relatives and friends were there to surprise and celebrate the milestone.

May was born in a home in Santa Paula that her father built. She graduated from Santa Paula High School. She and her husband George were married in 1949. George was also a native of Santa Paula.

Ask her what she remembers and she will tell you about the St. Francis Dam disaster, telephone party lines, crank start planes. No sidewalks downtown. She made it clear that she did not remember the Civil War.

During World War II she worked as a dispatcher at Mira Loma Air Field, which was a basic training area for Air Cadets. In 1944, when Dr. Koch opened his office, she went to work for him and worked there for several years.

May and George raised two children in Santa Paula, Martha and Mark.

In 1942 she and 11 women formed the Loyal Friends Club, which she still attends and is the only surviving charter member. She is a 35-year member of P.E.O.

May joined the Presbyterian Church at the age of 15, and has been a loyal member of the church for 75 years.

Her many friends wished her many more years of happy and healthy living. That may just happen, as she continues to do her exercises every morning.

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