WHEN Mary Ellis and Edith Goddard celebrated their birthdays at a Dearne care home last week, they notched up more than two CENTURIES between them!
Joining the 100 club on February 9, brought Mrs Ellis her personal telegram from the Queen – delivered to The Beeches Care Home in Wath – and a visit from the Mayor of Rotherham!
Mrs Ellis, who had previously lived in Rotherham, was presented with a gift by the Mayor, Coun Rose McNeely, who arrived in her civic chains of office.
But Mrs Goddard then passed that milestone by three years on February 15 – as she celebrated her 103rd!
The great great grandmother was joined by all five generations of her family, and Rotherham’s deputy Mayor, Coun Shaun Wright, who brought a commemorative mug, to mark her special day.
Mrs Goddard, who had previously lived in Mexborough, was born in the same year as the Ford Model T car rolled onto our roads.
Other firsts in 1908 included the first ever celebration of Mother’s Day and the world’s first beauty contest, held in Folkestone.
The famous “Tunguska Event” happened in Siberia, when a meteor struck the earth with the force of a thousand H-bombs.
SOS becomes the standard radio distress symbol and the “Young Turk” revolution took place in Ottoman Empire.
In 1911, the year Mary entered the world, Vincent Price and Maureen O’Sullivan were also born and Capt Scott died in the Antarctic.
The world’s first aerial bombing of cities took place... carried out by the Italians fighting the Italian-Turkish War in North Africa.
Meanwhile, in the East End of London, the Metropolitan Police and the Scots Guards staged the Siege of Sidney Street shootout, after a criminal gang of Latvian anarchists held up in a building.