B'ville woman turns 100

"Don't let the little things bother you" is one thing that Beatrice McMahon credits to her 100 years of life.

The oldest and longest Park Terrace resident nicknamed Dee Dee by her family, has many stories to share of her 100 years growing up in the towns of Phoenix and Baldwinsville.

Dee Dee was born Sept. 15, 1908 to Albert Ernest and Pansy Olds Caines in South Onondaga, NY. In the early 1920's her family moved to a farm in the town of Lysander at the intersection of Sixty and Lamson roads. The house is still there, although it has been remodeled. She recalls she enjoyed the farm, mostly feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs. The farm was more of a hobby for her father, only housing a few horses, a few pigs, a cow for milk, and lots of chickens, as he earned a living managing another man's farm and working in a paper mill in Phoenix.

Dee Dee attended a one-room school house at Wrights Corners in Phoenix. She remembers walking to school each day about three miles with her siblings, and on occasion getting a ride in the bobsled pulled by the horse when a snow storm blew threw. She attended the one-room school house until seventh grade, when she transferred to Phoenix High School. Before she transferred to Phoenix High School, she recalls that she would finish her work early and listen to the teacher quiz the older children in higher grades, so when she got to the high school she knew a lot of the material the teachers were teaching. She stopped going to school in 10th grade, but continued on at Central City Business Institute, which gave specialized training for certain skills.

For fun during her younger years, Dee Dee enjoyed going square dancing. Every Friday night she remembers listening to the song "Red Red Robin" which a player piano used to play. She enjoyed listening to her dad play the harmonica as well, but hasn't heard the song her dad used to sing in years. During the summer months, a trip camping on Pleasant Lake was always in store. She actually taught herself how to swim by reading a Boy Scout handbook.

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