Horace Overton Article, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1913
attempted an ,, d in he to be in to coun-Thi He be in to to Cap-lain HE'S 87 YEARS OLD, BUT DOESN'T LOOK IT Horace Overton's Nineteen Children Children and Grandchildren Celebrate. SECRETOF HIS YOUTHFULNESS Hard Work and Temperate Living Has Kept Him Young, He Tells Brooklyn Eagle Reporter. Patchogue, L. I., July 28 Horace S. Overton, one of the oldest and most re spected residents of this village, celebrated celebrated his eighty-seventh eighty-seventh eighty-seventh birthday on Friday, with nineteen of his children and grandchildren present. It took the form of a plcnlo at Canaan Lake, which came as a complete surprise to Mr. Overton. When an Eagle representative called at Mr. Overton's home on Lake street today today to ask him how he felt at four-score four-score four-score and seven, Mrs. Overton said that he had Just stepped out and would be back in five minutes. Presently a comparatively ; oung-looking oung-looking oung-looking man with gray hair came up the walk, deposited a couple of grocery packages and started to walk away. "Haven't soon anything of Mr. Overton down there ?"said The Eagle man, thinking thinking he wa3 talking to a grocery clerk. "I'm Mr. Overton." "Impossible! Not the Mr. Overton I mean. He's 87 years old." "That's my ago." "I don't look as old as I am," continued Mr. Overton, "because I have been a hard worker and a temperate liver all my life. A man can stand bard work if he takes care of himself." Mr. Overton, who has been engaged in the building business all his life, said that he had probably built enough houses to make a pretty large-sized large-sized large-sized town. "I was born In Brookhuven and learned my trade in Yaphank when I was a youngster. youngster. Everything had to be done by hand in thoBe days, and it took four years to learn the trade. We worked from daylight to dark then, and it they had to do it now there would be something worse than strikes happening. "But in those days we didn't mind It one bit, because we had an Interest in the work. My boss used to send to New York and get the rough lumber and we finished it all up by hand. All of the mantels, casings, sash and finer work that goes into a house were made by hand then, and it created an interest in the work that they don't have now-a-days. now-a-days. now-a-days. now-a-days. now-a-days. Now It simply Is a matter of driving a few nails and put ting things together, for all of the finer work is done in the shops by machinery. So they wliiEtlo along and look for quitting quitting time, and when a man's work hangs heavy on his hands for lack of interest, time goes slowly. Wo didn't mind twelve or fourteen hours half as much as they 'mind eight now." Mr. Overton nas been married twice, and has nine children. His first wife was Irene Robbins of Yaphank, and the present present Mrs. Overton was Katherlne Corwan of Patchogue. By his first wife he had lour children, who are now Mrs. William Daft, William R. Overton, Dr. M. H. Overton, Overton, a prominent dentist of Patchogue, and Mrs. Edward Boynton of Boston, and the children of his present marriage are Mrs. Enoch Daft, Philadelphia; Ira D. Overton, Mrs. Robert Nevins, Miss Fannie Overton and George vf. Overton of Patchogue. Patchogue. The latter is a student of dentistry m the New York College of Dental and Oral Surgery.