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B'ville woman turns 100

Wedding bells were ringing on Oct. 21, 1928 when Dee Dee wed her husband George Thomas McMahon. A story she enjoyed telling was how she met her husband. She went to a farm to pick peas and met the boss of the farm, who later turned out to be her husband George McMahon. A year later their one and only son Thomas Albert McMahon was born.

During the late 1930's, her and her husband moved to Lewis County where they spent the next few years of their life, with George working for Rawleigh Products, a route that delivered household items to farm families in outlying areas. During this time Dee Dee remembered putting a quarter in a jar every night for many many months to save up enough money to attend the World's Fair. They didn't have enough money for a hotel, so they camped out in the Rawleigh panel truck.

The year 1940 marked the return back to Baldwinsville where she has lived continuously for the past 68 years. When asked why she wanted to move back to Baldwinsville she replied "It was George's hometown and I liked the small town. People were very friendly and everyone trusted everyone. I just look back with enjoyment and happiness. At one time you knew everybody, but more recently it was very seldom that I met anybody that I knew."

George and Dee Dee operated McMahon's Auto Supply, which was located where the House of Dos is now in the village. During the time of World War II, Dee Dee and her family moved into the back of the store to cut down on expenses and make the store more profitable. When the store shut down ten years later, Dee Dee opened a 5 & 10 store in Phoenix similar to one operated at the same time by her son Tom in Moravia.

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