Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, September 22, 1949
          The three women pictured above are perhaps the oldest group of sisters in Shelby county today.  All are over 80 years of age.  They were reunited at the old family home northwest of Shelbyville this week.  Shown are left to right,  Mrs. Margaret
,  88, of Morristown,  Mrs. Elizabeth James,  86, who resides at the home, and  Mrs. Katherine Wells,  84, of Fairfield, Ohio.
Thursday, September 15
          Three sisters, all aged Shelby county natives, were reunited once again at the old homestead on the Mausoleum road about two and a half miles northwest of Shelbyville earlier this week.
          BELIEVED  the oldest sisters in the county, they are the daughters of the late  Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hoffman,  who leased the farm and settled in Shelby county in 1867.  The eldest sister, Mrs. Margaret Gordon, 88, resides with her daughter,  Mrs. Blanche Kelley,  at Morristown.  The youngest of the three sisters, 84-year-old Mrs. Katherine Wells, journeyed from her home in Fairfield, Ohio, to be here with her sisters.
          The third sister, Mrs. Elizabeth James, who will be 87 years of age on Oct. 10, was born and has lived her entire life on the old homestead, cleared for farming by her mother and father, who came to this country from Germany in a sailing ship.
          DESPITE  THEIR  great age, the sisters have managed to visit each other frequently in past years.  All three have survived their husbands.
          All have retained most of their faculties, although Mrs. James is confined to a wheelchair and bright suns and many years have dimmed their eyesight.
          MRS. GORDON  has the largest family of the sisters, having raised six children.  Among these are twin sons,  Howard  and  Harry Gordon,  both 66 years old and well known in Shelby county.  Mrs. James raised a son,  William,  and a daughter ... county.  Mrs. Wells' only child, a daughter, helps care for her in the Fairfield home.
          They were at first reluctant to pose for a picture for the News' photographer, worried because, "I must look a sight," evidence enough that although they are old in years, they still remain young at heart.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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