This Wordless Wednesday is going to be a bit different, and a bit more wordy as I am wishing a dear friend of ours a very Happy Birthday with many more to come! I'm talking about one of newest centenarians, Marion.
Yes, Marion and his friends taught themselves how to catch and have fun with full grown rattlers. Here’s how they did it. They would chase after a rattlesnake, catch it by its tail, then snap the rattler quickly like a whip. This would break all the bones in the back of the snake. Then they would wear the snake around their necks like a prize. Don’t tell Marion’s mother that he did this. She most likely would have had his father take him behind the woodpile.
|Marion's Family Home - now gone.|
Farming in North Dakota was just not the life that Marion envisioned for himself. He went to college and became an accountant. He moved to Los Angeles and found himself a job. He ended up being a major accountant and investment counselor. He traveled the world looking at new investments for his clients. One place he investigated was a diamond mine in South Africa.
|Marion with just one of his sisters|
That’s right, Marion is a life-long confirmed bachelor. Oh, he likes women well enough. He has a 70 year old spicy girlfriend that has really put the zing back into his life. She is really a sweet gal!
A century of kindness, a century of achievement, a passion for life, sprinkled together with a little mischievousness, that’s our little ol’ farm boy from North Dakota. We are so happy to have been Marion's friend for so many years, and we hope that our friendship will continue on until one day we hear that Marion is the oldest living man in the world! BTW: He is still licensed to drive, and does so regularly.
Marion was born near Gorham, South Dakota, which is near the Badlands and Teddy Roosevelt National Park on February 10, 1915.