Salina Journal KS 16 Feb 1979 p2 - Nettie Stangl 100th
People in the News Big birthday blast set for feisty centenarian CARROLL, Iowa (UPI) - When she was 92, Nettie Stangl slipped on ice and broke her hip. When bystanders covered her with a blanket and asked if she needed anything, she answered, "God, I'd like a shot of Jack Daniels." The feisty daughter of German immigrants celebrated her 100th birthday Friday and looks forward to a party 175 family members — from children to great-great-grandchildren — will hold in her honor Saturday at the Carroll Health Center. > Mrs. Stangl has 10 surviving children, 46 grandchildren, 95 great- grandchildren and 36 great-great- grandchildren. Mrs. Stangl was born Antoinette Pille on Feb. 16,1879, on a farm near Arcadia. She married when she was 17 and eventually gave birth to 20 children, 14 of whom survived until adulthood. Her surviving children range in age from 53 to 80. '.Mrs. Stangl farmed with her family nearly all of her life and to supple- m;ent the family income her husband, who died when he was 81, "ran liquor establishments," her grandson, Frank Stangl said. •After her husband died, she lived Nettie Stangl displays some of the dozens of birthday cards she received for her 100th birthday. (UPI Photo) alone in Carroll until she entered a nursing home in 1973 when she was 94. She attended St. Joseph's Church in Dedham every morning until 1972. She once said "I don't know who brought me here (the nursing home), but I sure as all hell didn't walk in myself." Mrs. Stangl once told a grandson the nursing home "ain't no place for me because all there is is old people inhere." At the party Saturday, Mrs. Stangl will be honored as the first member of the Carroll Health Center's Centennial Club.