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9 May 1930
OLDEST RESIDENT OF NORTH TEXAS PROBABLY, STILL SPINSTER AT 105
Special to the Democrat
TIOGA - The month of March brings not only its winds to "Aunt Matty
Harvey" but also her one hundred and fifth birthday. Her memory of
records and dates is practically gone, but it is said by relatives that
she was born March 2, and it has been established that the year was 1825.
John Quincy Adams became president of the United States that year. Since
then there have been twenty presidents.
The American scene has shifted in her liftime from hoop skirts and
stage coaches to short skirts and planes. When Miss Harvey saw her
first plane a few years ago, her only comment was mild: "My, my, what what
will they do next?"
Her home has been in Tioga for the past 40 years or more, and she
is cared for by a niece, Mrs. A. H. Leftwich. Since her hip was broken
three years ago she has been almost bed-fast, but until that time she was
active. Her hearing has not been good for some time and her sight,
unusually acdurate past the 100 mark, has almost completely failed.
Daylight and dark have become the same to her, and she sleeps the
greater part of the time.
In her youth, "Aunt Matt" was know as a deft spinner, weaver and
seamstress, and a good cook, but she has stoutly maintained that she would
not marry "no man she ever seed."
She did not like the radio when she was able to listen to it a year
or so ago, and thought that modern styles were distressing. She has
not seen the styles, however, for two years or more, and her friends wonder
what her reaction to knee-length skirts would be. She is unaware that prohibition
is in effect and it is said that she would not approve it either.
"Aunt Matt" has 13 living nephews and nieces and scores of great
nieces and nephews running into four and five generations.
She was one of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Danile Harvey
near Columbia, Ky. all of whom lived to a ripe old age. She was educated
in the schools of Kentucky, and has been a member of the Methodist church
Obituary , Dallas Morning News
Special to the News; 29 Dec 1930, page 4
Tioga, Grayson Co., Texas, Dec 28, Funeral Services for Miss Mattie
Harvey, Grayson County's oldest Citizen, who would have been 106 years
old next March 1, were held here Sunday with burial in Tioga Cemetery.
Aunt Matt as she was known by her friends was born in Kentucky, but had
lived in and near Tioga forty-five years. She was a great-aunt of C.W.
Leftwich, passenger agent at Denison.
Death Cert. info adds:Mattee Harvey. 2 Mar 1825 - 27 Dec 1930
She was born in Columbia, Ky. Dau. of George Harvey born in Scotland,
mother Martha Harvey. C.W. Leftwich of Denison was the informant.
She died of influenza and senility.