Jim Kurn plays the harmonica and enjoys playing bingo and going out to eat. But none of those is his secret to longevity. The ability to get along with all types of people is the reason Mr. Kurn turned 100 last week, he says.
He was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Brackenridge, one of 12 children. He lived in Brackenridge almost his entire life and retired as a crane operator for Allegheny Ludlum. He has one son, Jim Jr. of San Antonio, Texas.
In 2002, he moved to Concordia Lutheran Ministries' Haven I community in Cabot, Butler County. He now lives in its personal care section and celebrated his birthday at the Lund Care Center with friends and his "adopted" family, the Brewers of Cabot.
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