The Life of Sarah A. E. Christman
“Granny” Christman, Mrs. Sarah A. E., widow of Dysher Christman, native of Maxatawny Township, who held the distinction of being the oldest resident Kutztown ever had, died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 101, at the Good Shepherd Home, where she resided for 18 years. Born during John Tyler’s administration she lived through the terms of 23 Presidents, and often told her many friends of happenings during the Civil War. A constant reader of current events and daily newspapers, she was well versed on topics of the day, and enjoyed reading novels. She was a devout member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown, retaining membership in its organizations to the time of her death, and she read the Bible through 57 times. The aged guest also loved the Good Shepherd Home and took great interest in its organizations, and wrote articles for its paper, “Sweet Charity” up until she was stricken a year ago. On September 21st she celebrated her birthday, when she was showered with gifts from the Home staff and guests, who for years have lovingly called her “Granny” The Christmans lived in Kutztown for many years and sold their home in 1927 and entered the Good Shepherd Home a month before Mr. Christman’s death.