Old Settlers Dayâ€™s citizen awards were presented to Jean Benson and Edna Bates last night. Pictured, from left, is OSD Second Vice President Dr. John Meier, Oldest Citizen Jean Benson, Longest Continuous Citizen Edna Bates, OSD Third Vice President Don Armstrong and OSD President Glenn Snapp. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Old Settlers Day celebrates the countyâ€™s heritage and highlights the cornerstones that have anchored generations to the area.
In 1904, when Old Settlers Day was initiated, the one-day event was a way to honor the founding folks who made the county their home.
In 2013, the festival continues that tradition with the recognition of the countyâ€™s oldest citizen and the citizen who has resided in the county the longest.
Jean (Mosher) Benson, 97, was given the award for the Oldest Citizen for 2013.
She was born and raised in Whitley County and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1933.
Benson was joined by her sister, Annadean Schrader, who said Benson â€śliked to travel a lot when she was younger.
â€śSheâ€™s been to Alaska and all over the U.S.â€ť
Benson, who was married for 17 years to David, said the honor of being the oldest citizen runs in the family.
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