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I still have some work in me yet
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 1:51 PM

By Jim Langham

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a 99-year-old man across the line in Indiana who just retired from his management of a small rural store, just retired, as a matter of fact, two months ago, at the request of his family.

Howard Pharr claims to have retired after a 95-year career of working, beginning with field work on the family farm on the side of a farm in northern Georgia. That worked increased by the time he was 7 years old and his father was disabled with health problems.

When he launched out, he was still a teenager and he and his brother would haul produce from Georgia to Michigan, then load Michigan potatoes and return to Georgia. Along that route, there was a small “truck drivers’” restaurant with a young waitress named Ruffine serving coffee.