Jean Menhusen Knowlton celebrates 100th birthday


August 10, 2023

Jean Knowlton observed her 100th birthday quietly. Aug. 1, found her greeting friends and family in her room at the Residential Care (RCC) in Beloit. Cards arrived, people came and went - and there were cupcakes! Cupcakes with "100" written in frosting.

Knowlton was born on Aug. 1, 1923, to Ted and Bessie Snyder Menhusen on the family's farm, just a quarter of a mile south of Jewell. She grew up on that farm and attended Jewell Public Schools. She graduated from Jewell High School with the Class of 1941. She and classmate, Marjorie Divel Hartzel, who is also 100 years old, are the oldest livin...

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