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March 26, 2013 > Happy Birthday Elsa

Happy Birthday Elsa

Teddy Roosevelt was the U.S. President, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the Union and, in the state of her birth, Kansas, Charles Curtis became the first Native American US senator. Of course, Elsa Katherinia Thohoff doesn't remember those occasions since her birthday on March 25, 1907 in LeHarpe, Kansas was just the beginning of the first 106 years of her life.

Her early years were spent in LeHarpe, at that time, a flourishing railroad town in southeast Kansas. Elsa graduated from Iola High School in the neighboring town of Iola, Kansas. Moving to St. Joseph, Missouri, she was able to use her skills as an accomplished seamstress to support herself during the Great Depression.

In 1935, Elsa moved to Los Angeles, taught school and met her future husband, John Marshall Horn. Married on January 25, 1941, John and Elsa Horn welcomed their daughter, Barbara late in the next year. Active as a school mom, Elsa became president of the local Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Her talent as a seamstress was in demand and she worked in Los Angeles until she moved to Fremont in 1978, following John's death in 1977, to live with her daughter, a teacher in the Newark Unified School District. An adventurous soul, Elsa was seen horseback riding in her younger days at age 83!

A large turnout at Aegis Assisted Living including daughter Barbara, celebrated Elsa's birthday on Friday, March 22. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison attended and read a proclamation of the City of Fremont in her honor.

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