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Mt. Vernon's Oldest Native Dies Early Today at Age 101


Mrs. Jennie L. Wade, who was Mt. Vernon's oldest native, died this morning at 6:30 at Bethel Sanitarium in Evansville where she had resided for the past five years. She was 101 and a descendant of a pioneer family.


Her father was Milton Lechtenberger and her mother was Victoria Thomas. The first Thomas family came to Posey County in 1813.


Following the death of her husband, Albert, in New Harmony, where the couple had lived for a number of years, Mrs. Wade returned to Mt. Vernon and lived in the family home located at 209 East water St. After several years she sold the home and moved into an apartment at 505 College Ave. She resided there until entering the nursing home.

She was the oldest member of the First Presbyterian Church and in early years had been choir director and organist.


Her nearest surviving relative is John W. Spencer, a great-nephew. A number of second-cousins also survive.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Norvell Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Stone officiating. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery and friends may call after 7 tonight.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers


(Note:  Census data indicates she was born in the mid to late 1860s.)