In 1911, there were no television sets, world wars or crossword puzzles. News radio programs weren’t being broadcasted. Penicillin hadn’t accidentally been discovered yet. Instant coffee was a new commodity. It was a year that began on a Sunday and ended without national crisis. On Aug. 27, 1911, Miriam Goodman was born.
When interviewed for this story earlier in the season, the fact that her 100th birthday was quickly approaching didn’t seem to bother the Chautauquan of more than 25 years. In fact, Miriam is quite content sitting on her front porch and “watching the world go by.”