Kathleen Snavely’s 112th birthday is February 16th, and while her privacy must be respected, there are so many things one would like to know. Did her grandparents ever talk about the famine years? What was it like to come of age in Ireland in the time of the Easter Rising, to leave in the midst of the Civil War? Was she nervous, coming to America, and what was her experience as a woman and an immigrant? Did she and Roxie dance the Charleston at The Palace or any of the other Syracuse dance halls? What was it like to start a business in that time? Did she live in Pennsylvania but miss Syracuse? Did she ever go back to Ireland? And what does it feel like to have witnessed so much history?
Regardless, the fact that she’s lived long enough to know all the answers is incredible in itself.
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Thank you to members of the 110 Club message board for getting the ball rolling on Kathleen Snavely’s ancestry, and to genealogist Megan Smolenyak for her extraordinary insights and research, which produced the Hayes family Census entries, Kathleen’s travel documents, and her further documentation in the U.S. and New York State Census.
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