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Born in Lancaster County when Woodrow Wilson was president and World War I was well under way, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury resident Irma Burke celebrated her 107th birthday on Sept. 25.

Burke grew up in a house with no telephone, no television, nor even electricity early in her life. “My mother’s first cousin graduated from VPI, so thanks to him, we finally got a Delco Motor because there were no electric lines in the county back then,” said Burke’s daughter Catharine Burke Moore in a 2015 interview marking her mother’s 100th birthday.