A Very Special Birthday


Hello all, and greetings from historic Easton! The weather is a bit damp today, but that has not dampened our enthusiasm for something historic!

Please read the following prepared by Hazel Varella:

Veronica E. Honahan Carter

Veronica Carter is 109---this is not a misprint!! She was born January 21, 1908, in West Lynn, Massachusetts, the oldest of the five children of Robert E. and Mary T. Honahan. When she was in the third grade of St. Patrick’s School, her family moved to Walpole. Graduating from Walpole High School in 1925, she entered Salem Normal School specializing in Business and graduated in 1929. She began her teaching career in Huntington teaching commercial subjects, advising the school newspaper, coaching girls’ basketball, and advising the senior class. Three years later she accepted a position at Oliver Ames High School and eventually became Business Department Head and with the exception of the four war years, 1941-1945, taught there until her retirement in 1970. During her early years in Easton, she boarded during the week at the home of Attorney Abraham and Mae Brooks, 45 Center Street.

April 21, 1941 she married George Carter, Jr., a native of Easton and a former OAHS sports star, and she had to retire from OAHS because she was married. (She actually completed the year as a substitute for herself at substitute pay.) After George (“Nick”) entered the Army, she returned to teaching in Huntington and then at the Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls. After returning to Oliver Ames High School and eventually becoming Business Department Head, she coached girls’ basketball and was class advisor for many classes. Veronica and Nick Carter were great supporters of Oliver Ames athletics and attended many of the games with Kathryn Healey, the Mathematics Department Chair, as their guest. Her retirement party was held at the 400 Club June 16, 1970.

The Carters had bought in the spring of 1963 the former one-room Dummer School house in Dummer, New Hampshire and had converted it into livable quarters. For ten years they thoroughly enjoyed their vacations in New Hampshire, but in 1973 sold it to Ralph and Jeanette Peterson of South Easton. The house, located at the base of a mountain, is adjacent to the road that leads to the camp of the Easton Rod and Gun Club in Dummer which was purchased from Wallace Gilmore more than half a century ago.

For more than a decade after she retired, Nick and Veronica traveled frequently particularly to Oklahoma where his brother Walter lived. Veronica became a Director and Treasurer of the Historical Society in December 1975 and continued until 1981. After suffering a stroke in the early 1980’s, Nick needed nursing home care until he died March 30, 1990.

Veronica lived at their home, 149 Lincoln Street, until she was one hundred. She was very active until that time driving until she was about 97. After she fell soon after her one hundredth birthday, it was necessary for her to be in a nursing facility. Today she is very comfortable in Pond Home in Wrentham where she will enjoy her 109th birthday on the 21st of this month.

Anyone wishing to send a card to Veronica may do so by addressing one to Veronica Carter, Pond Home, 289 East Street, Wrentham, MA. 02093. Hazel and David Varella have visited Veronica on occasion and report that she is doing well and still enjoys a hearty meal. To put her great accomplishment of reaching 109 in perspective, consider these: Most of us reading this email were not born when Veronica graduated high school more than 90 years ago. She has been retired (going on 46 years) longer than she worked. She was born less than five years after the Wright Brothers first powered flight, Theodore Roosevelt was President, has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Space Age. She is one of only a few people who were living when the Red Sox (1918) and Chicago Cubs (1908) won a World Series at the beginning of the 20th Century, and saw both clubs end their long championship droughts. Best, Frank

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