Westview resident to celebrate 100th birthday
By Brooke Pankonin
Grant Tribune Sentinel
Dorothy Long Meyer of Grant, will be 100 years old on Feb. 3.
She is Westview Retirement Community’s longest resident, living in the same apartment for nearly 19 years.
“And I thought I was old when I moved in!” Dorothy said with a laugh.
Originally from Nebo, Illinois, Dorothy moved to Perkins County after marrying Leo Long.
Leo lived with his grandparents in Illinois about 15-20 miles from Dorothy. He would walk Dorothy to her country home after church.
“It was only because of me he came to church I’m sure,” she laughed.
After Leo graduated from high school in Illinois, he moved to Venango to live with his dad, Hubert Long, to work with him at the service station he owned.
Dorothy married Leo when she was 18, and joined him in Venango weeks later.
Dorothy and Leo later moved to Madrid, where Leo worked at Bullock’s Hardware and Furniture store. They lived a short time in Grand Island where Leo worked as a salesman before he left the country to serve in WWII.