Chippewa Falls woman observed her 24th birthday Friday -- at the age of 96
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Wisconsin Woman To Celebrate 24th Leap Year Birthday
12:45 pm EST February 29, 2008
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. -- Tillie Iverson observed her 24th birthday Friday --
at the age of 96.
Family members from as far away as Florida, Ohio, Nevada and North Carolina
are helping her celebrate her Leap Year birthday.
Iverson was born in 1912 on Feb. 29, a date that only comes around every
four years. Like others born on that date, she has sometimes marked her
birthday on Feb. 28 and sometimes on March 1.
"It depended on what day of the week it was and what fit the best," Iverson
said. "Someone might have been too busy one day, so we'd do it another day."
But she still feels a little cheated as a Leap Day baby.
"I didn't enjoy it at all," she said. "The day before, that's not my
birthday. And the day after, that's not my birthday either. I've been
shorted on birthdays."
Iverson, whose husband died in 1993, helped deliver 42 babies over the years
as a midwife.
She kept a scrapbook with information on the infants.
"We'd get up in the morning and she'd be boiling her instruments on the
kitchen stove, and she'd tell us about the baby she had delivered," said
Evelyn Maloney, one of four surviving siblings. Two others have died.
Iverson lives in an apartment in Chippewa Falls where she still handles many
of the daily chores of life, with help from Maloney, who visits often.
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