Century Club: Lifelong Pirates fan, WWII vet celebrate milestones

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Andrew Borden was just 11 years old when he saw his first Pirates game in 1924. He and his friends enjoyed watching Pie Traynor, Max Carey and Kiki Cuyler hit and chase the ball around Forbes Field. But his favorite players were Big and Little Poison, brothers Paul and Lloyd Waner, who joined the Bucs a few years later and anchored the team through the 1930s. Mr. Borden, who turned 100 last week, played ball when he was young. Now, he's content to watch the Pirates and other sports on TV.

He was born on Nov. 4, 1913, to Andrew and Anna (Gasper) Borden in Lawrenceville, the oldest of seven children. When he was young, his family moved to the Groveton neighborhood of Robinson, where he attended but did not finish high school. On Aug. 12, 1944, he married the former Henrietta Shost at St. Martha Catholic Church in Groveton. They have four daughters: Patty Pierce and Andrea Kierski of Groveton, Sandie DeLatte of York, S.C., and Kathy Ibbetson of Ione, Wash. The couple have been married for 69 years and have 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Borden worked for Standard Steel Spring until the company moved in 1958. He also worked as a guard at Duquesne University for two years and then at Lang Machinery in Groveton until retiring in 1978. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, woodworking, swimming and playing cards. He still enjoys going to casinos.

He was a longtime member of St. Martha's, including its Holy Name Society and choir. He now attends St. Joseph Church in Coraopolis. In July, he celebrated with about 60 family members from as far away as Illinois, Washington state, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Air Corps veteran turns 100

Walter "Red" Hussing enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and trained radio men flying in B17 and B29 bombers throughout World War II. Mr. Hussing recently celebrated his 100th birthday at the Baptist Home in Mt. Lebanon, where he has lived for more than a year.

He was born on Oct. 30, 1913, the youngest of Edward and Irene Hussing's four children. He grew up in Homewood, attended Lemington Elementary School and graduated in 1931 from Westinghouse High School, where he was senior class president and a tight end on the football team.

In 1942, he married Helen Iseman, his high school sweetheart and a neighbor who grew up on Lemington Avenue. They moved to Beechview and later Mt. Lebanon and had three children: Cindy Conway of Mt. Lebanon, Pam Taylor-Richards of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Brandon Hussing of Keller, Texas. Mrs. Hussing died in February 1986.

During World War II, Mr. Hussing was a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps, serving until the war's end at Kessler Army Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He also played for the base's football team.

For 30 years, Mr. Hussing worked for People's Natural Gas Co., retiring as a department head in 1977. He became a Steelers season ticket holder in 1970 and passed them on to his son. He enjoyed his cottage in Conneaut, Ohio, golfing, horse racing and bowling.

For more than 50 years, he and his wife bowled with childhood friends in the Lemington Avenue Bowling League at Deluca's in East Liberty. In the 1960s, they switched to Guys and Dolls in Penn Hills. In his early 90s, Mr. Hussing bowled a 200 game at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville while competing in the People's employees bowling league.

He celebrated his birthday at the Baptist Home with more than 50 friends and family members, including his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

If you or a friend or a relative recently turned 100 or will soon do so, the Post-Gazette would like to hear from you. To be included in Century Club, send the honoree's biographical information and your phone number to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Century Club, Attn: Kevin Kirkland, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Fax: 412-491-8452. E-mail: kkirkland@post-gazette.com.

Kevin Kirkland: kkirkland@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1978.

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