Born to fish

Larue Born loves to fish.

When asked what experiences she would like to relive, her instant reply is fishing above Lake Chelan.

Born will turn 100 on March 20, but you never would know it to see and talk with her. Her body and mind are sound and she easily could pass for 20 years younger. She attributes her health to homegrown food and life in an orchard.

She grew up on a dairy farm outside Yakima. She says that since her parents worked hard at keeping the herd, she was stuck on the farm until she met Grace Born and her brother Gene. Then life opened up, as Gene had a Model T Ford.

They and many friends went on picnics and cookouts, usually with music included in the fun.

Music always has been important to Born. She attended Northwest Nazarene College for two years studying hymn variations. Then she and Gene became engaged and she quit school to find a job and save money so they could marry.

She played for a church and sang in the choir. Born still plays music at her church and gives the occasional piano lesson.

Tent first home

In 1931, she and Gene married and moved into a tent in the orchard where Gene made boxes for packing apples. Larue made money by sorting the apples. The couple was able to find a house to rent for $10 a month before the snows came.

Eventually they were able to buy some land for $10 a month and they built their own house. Their two boys, Ken and Glenn, were born there, but the Borns decided that they didn't want to raise the boys in Yakima, so they moved to an orchard in Sunnyside.

Born has written a book called "Diary of Life on a Farm" for her family. It is taken from the diaries she kept when her children were growing up.

After their sons had left home for teaching jobs in Sequim and Olympia, the Borns decided they were tired of the heat on the eastern side of the Cascades and looked on the west side for someplace cooler.

In 1968, they bought land outside of Sequim because of all the friendly people they found here.

Stay for supper

Born relates that several times when they would stop to ask a farmer if he knew of any land for sale, they would be invited to stay and have supper.

They bought several acres and immediately planted an orchard. After 40 years, the orchard still stands and produces apples, pears, plums, cherries and peaches every year. Born plants a vegetable garden each year.

She makes jams, freezes and cans every summer. She also gives away fruit and vegetables.

She thinks her homegrown food is part of the reason she has lived to see 100.

Born walks with a cane and has a clever way to keep track of it:

She attaches one end of a piece of elastic to a belt and the other end around the head of her cane.

Another part of her longevity may be her positive attitude and her feeling she never is too old to learn. She is going to learn to use a computer after her birthday so she can do more writing.

And she'll work in some fishing trips as well.

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