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Carefree Resident Turns 100

In 1924, a loaf of bread cost $0.09, Chrysler produced their first car (the Chrysler Model B-70), and the first Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France. Also in 1924, Lorraine Nelson was born on January 30th to a Wiscon­sin farm family.

Lorraine remembers life without a car or telephone as a young girl and recalls walking to and from school each day. She learned to drive a car when she was about sixteen, after her family purchased one. As a young woman, Lorraine enjoyed dancing. One night, she took the car and went to pick up a friend. The two girls went to the dance, but on the way back, the car ran out of gas just before reaching Lor­raine’s home. She walked the remainder of the way home, and the next morning her father took out a team of horses to pull the car back to the farm.

After graduating high school, Lorraine took the Greyhound to St. Paul, MN, where she got a job at Montgomery Ward. The Greyhound line was a convenient way for her to travel back and forth to her family. Now a resident at Carefree Living in Silver Bay, she remains an avid Packers fan (“the Packers always win”) and stays active by walking regularly “in the morning, at dinner — that’s what I call it — and supper.”

When asked what advice she’d give to young people, Lorraine replied, “Don’t be afraid to do different things. If something doesn’t work for you, don’t give up. Keep trying until you come up with something.”

Happy 100th  Birthday, Lorraine! Best wish­es for your new century.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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