Faces in the Crowd: Caroline Curl
Caroline Curl recently received the 2021 Centenarian of the Year by the South Dakota Health Care Association Century Club.
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — At the age of 107, she is now living in Hot Springs. She had humble upbringings in a log house near Red Canyon.
Caroline reminisces, “It was just a little two roomed log house. And very no- No doctor, just the grandma in the neighborhood and my dad was the delivery people and it was a very humble little birth.”
The family lived on a small farm which sustained the family. She credits the fresh food from the garden and farm as part of her longevity, she says, “Having a good life, we went to bed early and got up early and we worked hard on the farm.”
Second from the oldest, Caroline had one brother and five sisters. She helped out her parents at a young age and began cooking at the age of seven.
Caroline says one of her greatest roles in life was a mother. She had two children followed by grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great, great grandchildren.
Living through the great depression, she remembers was very tough but a time for community togetherness, saying, “Well, it was awful. You didn’t have one nickel to rub against the other one. And you didn’t get paid for everything you did, you just you, just maybe got a thank you and maybe you got a sack of apples to take home with you if they had an apple tree. But otherwise you just helped out your neighbor. And then if you needed help, the neighbor would come and help you.”
Now Caroline spends most of her days praying and reminiscing on a life well lived.
“We didn’t have very much. I was always happy and content – thought we had a good life,” she says.